Welcome to Raintree Dairy Goats, home of
Larry, Deb and Sharla Macke and James, Michael and Samantha Nagel. Our farm is
located on 40 acres in the north woods of Price County in Northern Wisconsin. Along
with our dairy goats we also have a pair of Arabian mares and
raise enough hay for our herd. Our dairy goat herd consists primarily of Purebred LaManchas with
just a few Americans. Sharla's herd name is Calico Acres;
James' is Calico Fields; Michael's is Calico Lane and Samantha's is Calico Patch.
The Calico Acres herd also consists of just a few top quality Recorded Grades
and we have added an American Alpine buckling this fall to aid in that endeavor.
We have been raising dairy goats since 1985 when we started with a pair of
grade Alpine does as a 4-H project. Over the last 32 years we've been
involved in all aspects of the industry including 5 years as a commercial goat
dairy. We first added the LaManchas to our herd when we were purchasing animals
to build up our commercial herd. A shortage of dairy does led us to SW Wisconsin
where we found a lovely herd of very well-cared for grade LaManchas. It was
there that we found "Jorja" and her herdmates.
Nineteen LaManchas came home with
us that day and so began our love affair with this short-eared breed. Living way
up north with the dairy markets in the south made it very difficult to market
milk and in 1993 we made the decision to focus our energies on developing a
select herd of breeding stock and show animals. The commercial does were
exported to a dairy in Canada and what remained was the basis of our LaManchas
When our son, Kevin, was old enough for 4-H he wanted a top quality purebred LaMancha to start with and we looked to Haute Caprine for our first purebred
doe. You can still find the influence that Haute Caprine animals had on our herd
in the pedigrees both past and present.
currently milk a herd of approximately 16-20 show quality does. With our family
more widespread in the past few years we have limited our showing usually
picking a couple of good competitive shows a year to attend. Our herd is linear appraised annually or bi-annually and we
are on DHIR milk test. Being dairy farmers, we believe that those show does
should still be able to milk and we take pride in our high milk records and multiple
Breed Leaders. We have attended the last five National Shows.
very proud of our herd's accomplishments but we still continually strive for
improvement. Over the past few years we have added genetics from a few
select herds including Kastdemur's, Barnowl, South-Fork, and
Mint*Leaf. Our appreciation goes out to them all for allowing
us to add such lovely animals to our herd. We also thank them for sharing their beautiful
photos for our website. Take a few minutes to visit each of these herds and see
what they have contributed to the LaMancha breed.
Join us now for a visit to Raintree Dairy Goats-Calico
Acres. Let us know if
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Raintree Dairy Goats
Deb & Sharla Macke
James, Michael & Samantha
N3690 Elmwood Rd.
Hawkins, WI 54530
"Medics never stand taller than when they kneel to treat the wounded."
--T. Daniel McGinley
"Stay Strong, my son and Stay Safe"
Know that our love and prayers are with you wherever you may travel.
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