My Barn


My Happy Place


air view of farm

And the old saying goes:
Don’t cry over spilt milk!

Here, my lovely daughter Aletha Maria milks one of our beautiful Nigerian does.

I feel so blessed
to have our very own little piece of heaven here on earth.

Over 200 years ago, Jeremy Bentham put it best: 
The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but, "Can they suffer?"

Hi!  Welcome to the site of Happy Tailz Farm. 

Go grab yourself a cup of coffee,  sit down,  relax, take your shoes off, prop up your feet and take a look around.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us Please take a moment to sign our  guest book .  We would love to  hear from you.

First off I would like to tell you a little  about ourselves. Happy Tailz Farm is home to my husband Ron, our two children, 2 cats, 3 dogs,  3 hens, a herd of Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats and myself, Aletha.  We all live together on an 11 acre farm in Mayville, Michigan. We have had goats  since 1996 but we actively  got into the Nigerian Dwarf breed exclusively in 1998. We began showing our  Nigerians in May of 1999 in Lancaster, Ohio and went on to catch 3 more shows in  Michigan that year. From that time on, we have been bitten by the show bug ever  since.  We hope to see you at some of the shows and if you do, please take a minute and stop by and say Hello! We would be more than happy to talk goats with you! One of my favorite past times!

Due to  my husband suffering a stroke in 07, we no longer  hit the show circuit hard with our beautiful nigerians, as its just too hard on  him, but we do try and get to two or three shows a year.  Hopefully with  each passing year I will be able to attend more shows but at this time, two or  three is about all he can do..but thats ok, I still have my husband and the  children still have their dad, that's the most important thing.   

Our goats are registered/or  registerable in AGS, NDGA  and ADG

We tested for TB, CAE(Caprine  Arthritis Encephalitis) with negative results as of 7/16/07.   We also did random Johnes and  CL testing at the time also with negative results..  We also make sure  we test every new addition  and all goats that have left the farm to attend shows.  We have never had any CL (Caseous Lymphadenitis) abscesses on our farm. In April of 2010 we did a whole herd testing  for CL; again with negative results. 

Here at Happy Tailz Farm all of our goats are up to date on vaccinations, wormings and are disbudded at an early age. We take pride in our little dairy goats and do all that we can to ensure good health, temperament, conformation and milk production.  We try and be present at all births so that the kids can be pulled at birth and bottle raised on heat treated colostrum and pasteurized goats milk. We do this as a disease  preventive measure and also, because we believe that bottle raised kids make  friendlier goats. All goats are given fresh water each and every day. I know  many are thinking that this is something that really doesn't even need to be  said but there are many people out there who still think goats will eat or drink  anything we put in front of them.. NOT SO! Goats are very picky about what they  take in.  Fresh water is a must both for not just general health but also  to make that wonderful milk. Our does are fed clean, sweet smelling,  mold  free alfalfa and/or alfalfa/grass hay, 2nd or 3rd cut if we can get it.   The bucks are fed grass hay with a little bit of alfalfa in it. When does  freshen they are given top quality grain twice a day at each milking.  All  goats are given free choice baking soda and free choice minerals.

News flash, both  my husband, Ron, and I are now serving on the Board of Directors of MDGS (Michigan Dairy Goat Society)  If you haven't already I urge you to join the  Michigan Dairy Goat Society, check us out at

We are proud members of American Dairy Goat Society, American Goat Society and Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association.