The Whispering Tales Farm story is about three people relatively new to rural living, raising goats and other farm animals and loving both. We bought our first herd of seven beautiful Nigerian Dwarf milk goats in March 2008. We now have close to 50 goats (watch out, they're addictive).
Our goal is to raise healthy, happy goats that do respectably on the milk stand and in the show ring and that are good pets for persons wanting goats for that purpose.
Whispering Tales won third place in Nebraska Dairy Herd at the Nebraska State Fair in 2013 and 2014 and fifth out of 12 entries in 2015. Nebraska Dairy Herd is five does from the herd competing against all other breeds.
About the farm. Whispering Tales Farm is 14 acres in eastern Nebraska in what is called the Bohemian Alps. The rolling hills reminded Czechoslovakian immigrants of their homeland. The land surrounding our homestead is in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which means there are no crops and therefore no chemical run-off.
We estimate we have about 150 animals, including goats, two horses, chickens, ducks, guinea fowl, dogs and cats. They are the characters that create our tales.
About the goats. Nigerian Dwarf goats are NOT pygmies. They are dairy goats and come in a variety of colors. That's the fun of Nigerians - you never know what color or pattern you'll get. Does will be up to 21-1/2" at the shoulder; bucks up to 23-1/2". They're perfect for 4-H showing, older adults, and home milking.
We feed our goats packaged grain and high quality alfalfa and grass hay, provide minerals and kelp free choice, graze them in our meadows and supplement them with herbal products. We adhere to an herbal and chemical deworming program. The herd tested negative for CAE and CL in 2014; representatives of the herd tested negative in 2015; and the herd tested negative for CAE, CL and Johnes in 2016.
Much of the herd is dual registered with American Goat Society (AGS) and American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA). We are members of the American Goat Society, American Dairy Goat Association and the Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association.
Our neighbors are still whispering tales about the "newcomers" and we have lots of tales to tell about our animals.
Scott Ellis and Barbara Nissen, resident observers
If you're interested in starting a herd, please come for a visit if you're close by.
We give discounts for 4H. Your kids will love our kids.
Contact us and we'll work with you!