Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Open Prairie, let me introduce us: I am Danna Laliberte. My interest in goats started long ago in 1972 with the purchase of Nubians for our children’s 4-H project. The next year we bought a herd of Lamanchas thus starting a life long love and the Crown Point Lamancha herd from New Hampshire. We showed up and down the east coast, attended some National Shows and ran a producer/distributor licensed raw goat milk dairy in New Hampshire. We (family and goats) later moved to central New York state and then on to California. We ended up in Arizona where I worked as herd person for Dewitt Dairy in Mesa. From there we moved to Minnesota to run a goat dairy which never really got off the ground. We sold the goats (like losing part of our family) and I went back to college to complete a degree. After working for a number of years I felt there was something missing, the goats. My granddaughter Gillian and I purchased our first Lamancha to form the Open Prairie herd in 1997 and so we have grown.
We usually attend four to five shows a year plus the Minnesota State Fair. We seldom show bucks as I feel bucks are proven with their progeny , why expose them to extra trauma. Our bucks have specially constructed pens built in 2007 to give them a safe, comfortable space to live.
We are on DHIR test and Linear Appraise annually. We hope you enjoy looking at our web site we enjoy and have lots of fun with our goats.
Our kids are removed immediately at birth and raised on a CAE prevention program consisting of heat treated colostrums and pasteurized goat milk. Our kids are fed a deccox added kid grower, milk and hay as well as free choice minerals.
Our herd is dewormed regularly and we maintain a coccidiosis prevention program. Our milkers are given a 16% dairy goat ration as well as alfalfa and grass hay. We provide fresh water, heated in the winter, as well as free choice minerals and dicalcium phosphate free choice for pregnant does. We annually test for CAE and do not vaccinate for CL since we have had no abscesses in the herd.