If you wish to reserve any kids or milkers, then a $100 deposit per kid/milker is required ( quickly refunded if the kid born is of the wrong sex). There will be no refund of deposits on cancelled orders. Please make checks payable to: Christen Adels and mail to address on our home page. If you need a CVI, then that cost is paid by the buyer. Once the kid or milker leaves the farm, we cannot accept responsibility if anything happens to it after that. We ask that you carefully inspect any animal you are purchasing before loading, as all sales are final.
All costs must be paid and clear the bank prior to the shipping date. Listed prices are for pre-ordered kids picked up or shipped prior to three weeks of age. Boarding fees will be charged after that time. I have Parkinson's Disease, so if you are able to pick up your kid even sooner, it would be greatly appreciated.
We reserve the right to retain any kid that is born.
Please remember that there are no guarantees when working with genetics. Sometimes the genes "click" and sometimes they don't. That is the challenge that faces all of us as breeders. We can tell you the sire's and dam's strengths as well as what can be improved. So do not hesitate to ask anything. There is no guarantee on how the udders will develop on any of the kids that are purchased. All buck kids are guarantee fertile when managed correctly. If any are veterinarian certified as infertile, then the buck kid will be replaced.
Thank you for your interest in our small herd. God bless!
Munchin Hill Farm began raising dairy goats in 1976. Back then our milking does would lounge on this one little hill which jokingly soon became known as "Munchin'Hill" because there the girls would contentedly chew ("munch") their cuds all day long. (In German, the word "munchin" means "to eat" or "snack"). Hence our not-at-all sophisticated herd name was born.
Our family has had some really blessed years with high placings at the National Shows we have been able to attend. We generally breed for the very dairy, long-bone patterned type of French Alpine which excels in high elegant front ends and above average production. Even though our herd had tested CAE negative prior to departure for the National Show in 1997, our entire show string exhibited symptoms of CAE within months of returning home. We were totally devastated and actually had planned on never showing again. We had to sadly ship our entire show string and every doe that had been housed with them to the auction barn. We simply did not have the facilities to maintain two separate herds when we made the move from New York State to West Virginia. South of the Mason-Dixon line we began developing our second herd almost from scratch.
While this new herd has been totally CAE negative since 2000, we will continue to test each individual mature doe through WSU/WVU ELISA testing every year. We usually retain only eight milkers each year. These does must all be competitive at the national level, being good sized and having good strong and dairy bone. Our stock is more than fairly priced for its quality.
Late in 2018, we once again relocated. This time it was back north of the Mason-Dixin line to Beaver Fals, PA where we went to reside with our daughter Christen on her wooded 29 acres. The goats appreciate the cooler temperatures here.
Our herd is raised on as natural/organic a diet as is possible. This includes high quality alfalfa hay or grass hay, non GMO grains when possible, redmond salt and generous quantities of very pricey organic kelp and minerals. We no longer vaccinate nor administer BOSE. We do use mostly natural wormers and herbal remedies. Antibiotics are administered only as a last resort.
2003: Leaving the dark ages, we purchased our first computer. Thanks to the encouragement of Ben Masemore we gradually designed and built our own website. Pat became addicted to emailing and googling everything she could find about dairy goats on other breeders' websites.
2004: Our herd competed in eight regional shows in 2004, and the does taken to the 2004 Nationals all made the cut in classes that sometimes exceeded 70 does! This was Kickoff's best year ever. She completed her championship under Steve Richter at the Virginia State DGA show, placing over Rushkin's dam.
2005: Our girls travelled to six shows, two of which were double-ring events. Both Angela and Annie completed their championships, while Peek-a-boo, Bridget(Biscuit's dam) and River(Alias's sire) all obtained official legs.
2006: At the National Show, all seven of the does we brought (2 kids and 5 milkers), made the cut and garnered high placings in huge classes some of which had more than seventy does entered!!! Most of the does placed in the "top ten". Peek-a-boo took 1st place and 1st udder in the 3 yr. old class. We also attended 5 regional shows where Peek-a-boo completed her championship.
2007: We discovered the old hay shed on our property to be totally infested with termites! As a result, we invested in the construction of our lovely new hay barn. Due to the drought and consequent shortage of quality hay, we sold two of our permanent champions. Only six milkers and seven doe kids were retained. Hopefully 2008 will be a better year for forage. On a bright note, Klassic looked unbeatable this season and earned her championship status by placing 3xGCH, 3xBOB and 2xBIS at the only three shows we were able to attend this season.
2008: Our herd was appraised once again and the new scores are now listed. We have retained a Rushkin son (Alamo), the Peek-a-boo triplet does and one of Klassic's quad does (Yes, quad DOES!!! First time in Munchin Hill history!) We have campaigned our 2 yr olds at only four local shows where both does acquired legs toward their championships! Christen and I attended the Nationals in Kentucky with six of our milkers.
All made the cut and most placed in the top ten. Peek-a-boo was 3rd and 3rd udder in the 5-6 yr old class with hair-splitting placings. We enjoyed visiting with you for that wonderful week. Thanks to Jeff for his willingness to take on the chores at the home front!
2009: Our sad news is that we lost CH Munchin'Hill Power Klassic after a horrible kidding. It was also a year with a number of injuries affecting our show string. Our better news is that 2009 was more relaxing with no National Show being in our schedule. Since we sold almost all of our doe kids in 2008, we retained six of them this year. There were five shows on our calendar for the season. One was in Virginia; one in West Virginia; three were in Maryland. Allegheny completed her championship, her sister A La Carte obtained her second milking leg and our two-year old Aria earned her first championship leg!
2010: Three of the four milkers we brought to the Nationals all placed in the top five while our two-year- old took eighth in a very strong class! The herd was once again appraised. With the loss of two of our top does: CH Allegheny and CH Peek-a-boo, plus the sale of several others, we were left with only five Senior does by the end of the season. In addition to the National Show, we attended only three other shows. Munchin'Hill A La Carte completed her championship. Munchin'Hill Portia was GCH and BOB acquiring her first GCH leg..
2011: We attended four regional shows in 2011, coming home with championship legs on both Portia and Avalanche, BOB wins with Avalanche, Portia and A La Carte and then BIS wins with Avalanche, Portia and A La Carte. Appraisal was also on the docket. One new exceptional junior herdsire has been added to our herd.
2012: Our herd once again tested negative for CAE this Winter. 2012 was a relatively quiet year for us as we did not schedule appraisal nor attend the National Show. Surprisingly we were able to compete at five shows where our ladies brought home 3 GCH, 3 ResGCH and 1 BIS wins. Both Portia and Avalanche are now finished champions. We are excited about our doe kid crop, our first fresheners and two junior herd sires.
2013: We were appraised again this year and are pleased with both Portia and Avalanche achieving final scores of 92. Our does competed in six shows. 2013 was Portia's year to shine as she was best of breed six times and claimed the Best Doe in Show honors four times. Petrova grabbed three GCH wins so is now a finished champion. To eliminate all the hormone issues we have had the last several years, we switched our herd to non GMO feed. We are asking all of you to urge farmers not to plant any genetically modified grains nor alfalfa as these feeds are wreaking havoc in livestock. Those companies producing the GMO foods are combining the genetic plant codes with other species, altering the original plants from how they were designed by our God. This can only lead to disaster.
2014: We experienced the longest coldest Winter in the fourteen years we have resided in WV. It was hard on the livestock as well as on their keepers. On the other hand, the Summer of 2014 was the coolest and most pleasant ever! Our herd was not appraised but we did attend the national show where the four does we exhibited all placed very well. We competed at only four regional shows where Antigone acquired two unrestricted GCH legs while Belle captured three unrestricted legs and is now a finished champion. We ventured into the Oberhasli breed with the purchase of two dry yearlings!
2015: We thought last Winter was cold but this one took the prize with making for a very depressing season with bitter cold, snow and lots of ice. I now don't like Winters anymore! We were appraised in early May and attended only four shows (one triple ring, two double rings and one single ring). Antigone completed her championship while Adiva, Spellbound and Darcy acquired official legs toward their championships. Our Oberhasli Deborah, went 1st five times shown and 2xGCH, but there were not quite enough does exhibited for her to acquire any official legs. We have purchased two very well-bred Oberhasli buck kids to add to ourarsenal of sires. The Summer this year was wonderfully cool and pleasant!
2016: This Winter was relatively brief, but a record January blizzard, dumping between 30 to 40 inches of snow in our area kept us homebound for several days. We competed at the National Show in Harrisburg and only two local shows: a triple ringer at the Shenandoah DGA show in Kearneysville, WV and a single ring show at The Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, MD. With us dabbling with the Oberhasli breed, we have had to really cut the number of French Alpines we retained. The decisions as to whom to sell were very difficult. The herdshare bill was finally passed in WV, making raw milk available to the public.
2017: This was the year of the dog ticks (they were evrywhere!) and an assortment of goat problems that plagued us from the warmest February on record through early Summer. Antigone and our Oberhasli Deborah were our shining stars in the show ring and for appraisal. We added New Country organic goat minerals to our goats' menu.
2018: Things at Munchin Hill Farm suddenly changed over the Summer and writing this post is bittersweet for me. With Jeff and I both getting older and having less strength to do the daily farm chores, the decision was made to relocate to Beaver Falls, PA with our daughter Christen. It took several weeks for the herd to adjust to their new home and we had difficulty getting the kid does to settle. If they don't we will have dry yearlings as a change of pace. Sadly, we lost our beautiful Ober buck Bounty Hunter to some undiagnosed neurological disorder. We will miss so very many of you with whom we have worked in both the Maryland and Shenandoah Dairy Goat Associations over the last eighteen years, but hope possibly to see some of you at some future shows.
2019: After moving the herd to Beaver Falls in December of 2018, it has taken quite a bit of work to get the herd facilities to where we want them. Jeff worked himself to the bone trying to get everything done. It took until about September before he could finally stop pushing himself to the limit. Christen and I tremendously appreciate his help! Show-wise we were able to get to more shows than we thought we would, with both Adiva and Deja Vue placing BOB in their respective breeds and Adiva, shown in five states, grabbing ten Best in Show ribbons! It really was her year to shine! Our first home-bred Ober, Serenade, completed her championship while our Alpine yearling, Brooklyn, picked up her dry leg!
2020: Enter: covid-19; exit: our entire show season. The advantages coming from this pandemic were our having a year off from both clipping goats and focusing on a much more relaxing Summer season without the stress of show preparations. Our goats began cycling quite early this breeding season.
2021: With Parkinson's Disease really taking its toll on Pat, the family made the sad decision to sell the entire Oberhasli herd and return to only one breed again. With Christen's heavy schedule, she was only able to compete at four reginal shows this year. Still, Anisette was able to start and complete her championship while Angelique grabbed her first leg and CH Adiva went several times BEST in Show at 7 yrs of age! By the kindness of Hannah DePew, we were able to lease Iron-Rod Sideburns for the Fall breeding season!
Pictured here are our son Jeff (left), Jeff and his wife Laura (center) and their daughter Kaylie (top right) and son Kenny (bottom right). Jeff is currently a highway patrol officer in southern California.
Pictured above is our older daughter Christen, who teaches at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, and also coaches girls' volleyball, boys' volleyball, and girls' basketball. She also both judges and exhibits dairy goats as time permits and is a director for the American Dairy Goat Association.
Above left is our younger daughter Lauren Raczkowski with her husband Lavone and their three children, Jordan, Daylan and Savanna. They reside in Chesterfield, MO. Lauren has worked in social services most of her life, but presently is teaching at Southern Illinois University and is a children's trauma therapist. Pictured at right is Lauren with Savanna when they were a few years younger.
"Every good and perfect gift comes down from above." James 1:17