Raintree Dairy Goats
Calico Acres-Fields-Lane-Patch



 

     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 small herd of Angus beef cattle and raise enough hay for our livestock. 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.

     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 nearly 29 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 of today.

     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.

     We currently milk a herd of approximately 16 show quality does. We try to show at as many shows as our schedule will permit while still allowing us to keep a working farm going. 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 take pride in our high milk records and multiple Breed Leaders. We also try to attend as many National Shows as possible.

     We are 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, J-Haven Acres, 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 you see something you like or have any questions.

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Raintree Dairy Goats
Calico Acres-Fields-Lane-Patch
Deb & Sharla Macke
James, Michael & Samantha
N3690 Elmwood Rd.
Hawkins, WI  54530
715-585-2307
raintreelamanchas@gmail.com

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--T. Daniel McGinley
 

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