On this week’s field trip, we’re going to be taking you to, Ye Ole Goat Farm. This is a agri-tourism farm that was started by a very sweet couple back in 1999.
About the farm:
As I mentioned, Ye Ole Goat Farm kicked off in 1999. Over the years, they have had many different kinds of goats, but currently they are now raising Full Blood Boer and good Boer crosses.
We learned that they breed once a year in order to give their girls time to recuperate from feeding the big kids since they do have lots of triplets on the farm. Once they get past the breeding age, they get to just retire in a big field, relax all day, and soak up the sun. They feel that this is the least they can do for them after all the babies they have given them.
You know the old saying, “Looks can be deceiving?” This saying 100% applies to this farm. Sure it doesn’t look like much from the road, but let me say that it’s pretty amazing. The minute you step out of the car you are greeted with smiling faces (from the owners as well as the goats) and you can tell that all the goats (not only the babies) are spoiled rotten. You can quickly truly see how much they love all their goats. Every goat has a name, and they are referred to by their name. The owners can tell you specifics about each one of the animals and even their personalities.
The mama and baby goats are kept in a huge fenced in area up close, that’s filled with plenty of toys for everyone to enjoy! While waiting for the rest of our group to arrive, the kids were able to stand there, pet all the goats (big and small), which they loved.
If that wasn’t enough, once the rest of the group arrived, the kids were then given little cups filled with apples and carrots to feed the mama goats. Some of the goats liked both carrots and apples, and some only liked one or the other, so even goats can be picky eaters.
Once the boys finished feeding and loving on all the mama goats they then were handed a baby goat (kid) to hold and play with. Not only did the boys have fun on this farm, but they walked away with tons of knowledge when it comes to raising goats. I also walked away with two little boys begging for us to start a goat farm.
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon while in the Murphy, North Carolina area, be sure to check this place out. You won’t be disappointed!!
Name: Ye Ole Goat Farm
Location: 702 Hughes Rd, Murphy, NC 28906
Phone #: 828-837-0345
Cost: Free (They do accept donations. Any donations are used for the elderly or for feeding and caring for the babies.)
Appointment Needed: It is best to call first since it is a farm and to make sure the babies are awake.
Type of Goat Farm: Farm is an agri-tourism farm.