2020 Sales Policy

General Information:

Curbstone Valley Farm is breeding, and raising, quality Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats for dairy production, and show.

We do not raise goats for meat, nor do we process goats for meat.

We are not a certified dairy by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and therefore Curbstone Valley Farm can not legally sell any fluid milk, or edible milk products in the state of California (including, but not limited to, cheese, yogurt, kefir etc).

No goats will be sold to homes that do not currently own goats, unless more than one goat is purchased. We highly recommend purchasing a minimum of 2 goats, as it smooths their transition to their new homes (we practice what we preach, and no longer bring single animals into the herd). Goats are herd animals, and highly social creatures, and require the companionship of other goats for both their physical, and psychological, well-being. Note that wethers (castrated males) can make excellent companions for other goats.

Please contact us if you have any questions about our goats, are curious about starting a small herd of your own, or wondering if goats are right for you. Goat’s aren’t right for everyone, but we’re happy to discuss your needs, concerns, or desires when it comes to selecting a goat that’s right for you.

Also know that our commitment to our animals does not end when that young kid, or adult goat, travels to its new home. We are always here to help answer any questions you may have about goat care, husbandry, behavior, and welfare.

Pricing:

Our dairy does, and breeding bucks, are priced based on quality, and performance, both in the show ring, and in the milk house. Although pedigree is a consideration for pricing, it is not a guarantee of quality. If an animal, even from an excellent pedigree, does not meet our standards for breeding stock, that animal will be sold as pet-quality only, without registration papers, to a good home.  This will be reflected in the sales price.

Discounts:

Curbstone Valley Farm does NOT offer discounts for 4H, FFA, or multi-animal purchase discounts. Before you gasp, we strongly believe in the quality of our stock, and invest a tremendous amount of resources in our herd. Although we do encourage youth to participate in the rearing of dairy animals, as without youth, there is no future for livestock, and we are happy to mentor youth, the reality is that raising quality, productive, and healthy dairy goats is not without expense. The cost of living, and associated costs of raising livestock in this region of California, far exceeds the purchase price of any animal listed for sale on our site.

Insisting we deduct $25 or $50 from the price of an animal will only make us question how well that animal will be cared for once it leaves the farm, and the welfare of any animal sold from this farm is our utmost priority. Realize that here on the Central Coast, $50 is the mere cost of two bales of grass hay.

However, we do want to encourage others to invest in, and strive to breed for, quality dairy stock. If you purchase a registered dairy goat from Curbstone Valley Farm, and participate in an official registry-sanctioned production program, through ADGA, AGS, or NDGA, you may earn a one-time $50 refund of your purchase price for each animal (wethers excepted) that has either:

1) Proof of earning a milk star through ADGA/AGS/NDGA, either through the completion of a standard 305-day DHIR milk test program, or an official one-day milk test (does only). Proof can be provided either through ADGA’s online reporting service, a copy of the revised registration papers, or a copy of the doe’s star certificate.

and/or

2) Proof of participation in ADGA’s linear appraisal program (this includes bucks, and kids). A copy of ADGA’s linear appraisal score sheet for the animal purchased from us must be provided to qualify for the refund.

Registration:

Our own breeding does and bucks are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA), and the American Goat Society (AGS), unless noted otherwise. All doelings, and intact bucklings sold from the farm, will be registered with ADGA before leaving the farm, and the buyer is responsible for paying registration and transfer fees at the time of sale.  Registration with other registries, including AGS, is optional, at the discretion of the buyer, and applications for registration for AGS will be provided to buyers upon request.

Health:

Our herd is tested annually for Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE) Virus, Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL), and Johne’s disease. Our herd was last tested October 2019, and has always been CAE, CL, and Johne’s negative.  Test results are available upon request.

Breeding:

For biosecurity reasons, we do NOT offer outside buck service, or buck leases. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you would like to bring our herd genetics into your own herd, please see this season’s kidding schedule, or sales pages, for available bucks and does.

To maintain the reputations of both our own herd, and the herds we have sourced breeding animals from, all bucks born to first freshening does in the Curbstone Valley herd will be wethered, unless retained to the herd. Any buck that does not meet our standards for breeding will also be wethered, regardless of the parity of the doe, OR PEDIGREE! Pedigrees alone do not guarantee quality animals! If we wouldn’t breed him, neither should you!

Any adult doe (over 2 years of age) sold from our herd will have the option, if our time allows, to be exposed to one of the following bucks for a $150 breeding fee: Sierra Aspen O Derecho, Curbstone Valley Sol Invictus, or 3G Family Farm CC Apollo Arrow (note that GCH Castle Rock Abraham Darby +*B +*S, and CH Alethia HB Destiny’s Starman *B, Curbstone Valley New Romantic, Sinai Thunder EX Hanukkah, Alethia DOH The Big Bang, Curbstone Valley AD Oracle, and Curbstone Valley DS Asterion are NOT available for breeding). If the doe is not paid for in full at the time of breeding, all kids produced from that breeding will carry the Curbstone Valley herd name, but will carry the buyer’s herd tattoo.

Our breeding emphasis is on dairy production, with sound conformation. As such, we do not breed specifically for cosmetic characteristics, including being polled, having blue eyes, wattles, or moon spots, as none of these traits serve to enhance the true dairy quality of our goats. Accordingly, we do NOT accept any reservations  for kids on the condition they are polled, blue-eyed, have wattles, or moon spots.

We will always strive for correctness in conformation, milk production, ease of milking, and overall disposition. As dairy does are handled at least twice a day, every day, temperament is important to us.

Reservations and Purchasing:

Available reservations for an unborn kid may be secured with a $100 deposit. Please contact us before placing a deposit.

Curbstone Valley Farm may terminate a reservation or sale for any reason, with full refund of deposit or purchase price.

Curbstone Valley farm always reserves the right to retain ANY kid, or KIDS, doe or buck, from any breeding that is listed on a kidding schedule.

Transportation must be arranged within two weeks of notification that your kid is born, unless other arrangements are made, or you risk forfeiting the opportunity to make future purchases from the Farm.

Wait list priority will ALWAYS be given to homes that show, and/or participate in DHIR performance programs. Future intent to participate in show/DHIR does NOT qualify, as too many quality animals have already disappeared into “well-intentioned” homes that simply don’t follow through. A goat will not be held, or considered to be reserved, until a deposit has been received. If you want to reserve a goat, you MUST submit a deposit. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Placing a deposit on that kid is a commitment to purchasing that kid. If you change your mind, and elect not to proceed with your purchase, your deposit will be forfeited to cover the time and cost of locating a new buyer.

Travel arrangements for all purchased kids MUST be made within 2 weeks of official notification that your reserved kid(s) is available. WE WILL NOT HOLD KIDS INDEFINITELY WHILE YOU DECIDE HOW TO GET THEM HOME, OR WHERE TO PUT THEM!!! Failure to arrange transport of your kid(s) within 14 days from notification, may result in cancellation of the sale, forfeit of your deposit, and the kid(s) in question WILL be listed for resale. If a kid not transported within 14 days, boarding may be arranged, at our discretion, at $5 per day.

We reserve the right to retain a kid(s) for any reason, at any time. If we elect to retain a kid from a breeding with a deposit, your deposit will be immediately refunded, in full, carried over to the next season, or transferred to another breeding (if available), buyer’s choice.

IF the Farm elects to retain a kid(s) with a deposit in hand, that deposit will be happily refunded.

All animals MUST be paid for IN FULL, BEFORE leaving the farm. If paying by PayPal, or Check, your payment must clear BEFORE picking up your goat(s) from the farm! If we make arrangements to deliver your kid to a show we are attending, and the kid is not paid for before we depart for the show, the kid WILL NOT be transported. 

Please notify us 24 hours in advance if you cannot pick up your animal from the farm as arranged. Failure to arrive on the agreed upon day of pick up, without notice, will result in the immediate forfeiting of your deposit, and the animal WILL be re-listed for sale.

A Special Note About the Sale of Wethers

Wethers make great family pets, and are fun hiking companions, or excellent companions for other goats.

Wethers are at least as intelligent, personable, and affectionate as dogs, without the undesirable behaviors, and odors, of a mature intact buck. However, wethering male goats at a very young age can be problematic, and significantly increases the risk of urethral obstruction over their lifetime. Urethral obstruction is a very painful condition, and frequently, eventually, fatal. Sadly, it is not uncommon in young wethers that are not managed appropriately.

To decrease the risk of urethral obstruction, studies have suggested that male goats need time to mature before being castrated.

The vast majority of male goats that suffer from urethral obstruction in their lifetime, are companion wethers, purchased as family pets, often for children in the household. In most cases, these wethers are beloved family pets, and their loss can be devastating to the young members of the household. Sadly, wethers that become obstructed by urinary calculi may require repeated catheterization to alleviate their discomfort, and to prevent rupture of the urinary bladder. They may also need surgery to address the blockage(s), which can become inordinately expensive, especially if the surgery needs to be repeated. Treatment incurs expenses often far in excess of the economic value of the wether. Unfortunately, many of these animals will, predictably, obstruct again, and euthanasia, eventually, often becomes necessary in chronic, recurrent cases. However, avoiding castration in young males, in conjunction with a appropriate dietary management, most cases of urethral obstruction can be prevented.

We feel strongly enough about the correlation between early wethering, and the incidence of urethral obstruction, that NO MALES we designate to be sold as wethers will be castrated earlier than 3 months of age. We don’t do this to be difficult, but we feel it is necessary for the welfare of our animals over their lifetime.

This means that wethers will not be released from the farm until after they are weaned at 16 weeks.

Realize, however, that delayed wethering is NOT a guarantee against future obstruction, but should significantly decrease the risk of obstruction over the lifetime of your wether, and we are happy to advise all wether purchasers in regards to diet, and general management.

Disbudding and Vaccinations:

We will not sell dairy goats with horns. This is non-negotiable. Regardless as to one’s opinions regarding disbudding, dairy goats with horns are a liability on farms, and in close quarters. Both to each other, and to their caretakers, including your children. The vast majority of those wishing to keep their goat’s horns intact do not retain the animals over their lifetime, and most of those animals, if relinquished to animal shelters, are euthanized due to their difficulty in placement, or subjected to painful dehorning surgeries, that take many months to recover from. Disbudding kids under 10 days of age, under anesthesia, is very quick, recovery is uneventful, and this early procedure prevents that animal from sustaining injuries due to broken horns, or entanglement in fences or feeders, as well as protecting cohorts, family pets, and children.  Note that if you already have horned goats, horned goats, and disbudded goats, should NOT be housed together.

All animals, male or female, are surgically disbudded, humanely, under general, and local anesthesia. We have no tolerance for scurs on our farm, principally because scurs, especially in intact males, can be problematic for herd management during breeding season. Surgical disbuddings aren’t as cosmetically appealing during the first 2 months of life, but the risk of thermal brain trauma in this small breed is eliminated. While it incurs more expense on our part, over the lifetime of the animal, especially for intact males, it is a small price to pay for insurance against future scur growth. This significantly decreases the expense, both in time, and financially, in managing the bucks as they age. Once the animals reach two-three months of age, there is no sign that the kids were disbudded surgically.

Dams are vaccinated during the last month of pregnancy for CD&T. Kids sold over one month of age will also be vaccinated. All kids over 3 weeks of age are raised on a coccidiosis prevention protocol.

Resale of Animals:

All of our animals are special to us, and are an incredible investment, emotionally, physically, and financially.  By the time a kid is born, years have been invested in the care of the dam, the optimal management of the doe during her five months of pregnancy, the late nights on kidding watch, and tending to newborn kids and their mothers to ensure optimal health from the start. In short, the welfare of our animals is our utmost priority.  When you purchase an animal from Curbstone Valley Farm you agree that the Farm has the right of first refusal, atfair market value, should you choose to offer that animal for sale at a later date.  If you fail to advise us of the future sale of Curbstone Valley bred animal, you will forfeit all future purchasing opportunities from the Farm. Even if we elect not to purchase an animal available for resale, we would be happy to assist you in assuring that animal is placed in the best home possible, and may already have potential buyers looking for those genetics.

Transportation:

Air Shipping

All kids are bottle raised. Doelings and bucklings may travel from 4-6 weeks of age.

We no longer routinely ship animals by air, and prefer farm-pickup. However, for pre-approved buyers that are interested in air shipping, we can potentially ship animals by air from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), or potentially out of San Francisco (SFO). NOTE, however, that ALL transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the buyer.

Note that due to our location, and primary kidding season schedule (March-May), that temperatures are, more often than not, too warm to ship kids by air. No leg of the trip may have ambient air temperatures above 85 degrees. Consider the restrictions on air travel before placing a reservation. During warmer months, ground transportation may be your best option.

This is a full-time working farm, and we simply do not have time to make travel arrangements on your behalf. If you want your kid(s) transported, YOU are responsible for arranging their travel before the kids are 10 weeks of age! Failure to arrange timely travel will result in the cancellation of the sale, and forfeit of your deposit.

We recommend contacting us first if you are interested in flying kids, and then contacting American Airlines Cargo, or Delta Cargo, for shipping quotes, and weight/age/crate size restrictions PRIOR TO PLACING A RESERVATION! To minimize travel stress, we recommend scheduling direct flights to the nearest major airport whenever possible.

As is customary, ALL shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. This includes the cost of the flight, health certificates, or other required health testing, and crates.

We recommend shipping a crate to us, especially if you have access to a free shipping service such as Amazon Prime, or you may pay us to purchase a crate for you.

There is an additional charge of $75 to cover the cost of fuel to transport animals to the airport.

Note that all fees must be received by the date the animal is scheduled to travel. We will not transport animals to the airport on the scheduled travel date if that animal is not paid for in full! NO EXCEPTIONS.

Third Party Pickup

If you choose to use a third party, including a friend, or a livestock hauler, to pick up the animal from our farm, as soon as the animal leaves our care we are not responsible for what happens to that animal once it leaves our farm. Please ensure that you are using a REPUTABLE HAULER prior to scheduling a pickup, and consider all biosecurity risks associated with using livestock haulers.

Transport to Shows

To save on shipping costs, or travel time, we may be able to accommodate delivering a kid(s) to any regular show that we attend during the year. See the Sales page for possible show drop-off locations in 2020.

Please contact us to determine availability for show deliveries, as we have very limited space for animals that we are not taking to show, and it may require that we leave one of our own animals home. If you fail to arrive and collect your animal from a show, your animal will be re-listed for sale, and deposits will NOT be refunded.

Health Certificates

For goats being transported out of state, Veterinary Health Certificates will be provided at cost. Our farm Veterinarian currently charges $150 for a field call, due to the distance traveled to reach the farm. This does NOT include the cost of the exam, testing, or the cost of the certificate. As much as we would like to minimize these fees, Curbstone Valley Farm has no control over the cost of obtaining health certificates. If purchasing multiple animals at the same time, only a single field call fee will apply to all animals requiring certificates, but each animal will still incur its own cost for the physical exam, and the actual cost of the certificate. We will, however, work with you to keep costs to an absolute minimum.

It is the buyer’s responsibility to check with their local department of agriculture, or county agricultural extension agent, to determine if their state has requirements for specific blood tests, or cultures, prior to travel, and to allow sufficient time for testing to be completed when arranging transport. Some health testing may take at least a week, sometimes more, and CVI’s cannot be issued until testing is complete, so please consider that when making transport arrangements.

Guarantees:

Curbstone Valley Farm abides by the ADGA Recommended Trade Practices for Members (ADGA Guidebook, Bylaws, Article XIX).

Animals sold from Curbstone Valley Farm are a reflection on our herd, and herd name.  As such, all goats sold as show quality animals will be guaranteed to be free from physical defects, or genetic faults, that would disqualify them from the show ring.

We will always strive to keep our goats at or below the maximum height standards put forth by ADGA, and AGS. However, we do not guarantee that any given kid will not go over height as an adult, as numerous factors can influence the final height of adults. We make no guarantee that does, or bucks, will mature at or below the minimum height standard for NDGA.

Refunds:

Replacements from the current, or next breeding season will be offered if an animal is found to have a congenital or genetic defect that would disqualify them from the show ring, or prevent that animal from breeding, with medical proof, from a licensed veterinarian.

When you purchase an animal, regardless of pedigree, that animal is an individual, and the result of the genetic combination of both parents, and their ancestors. Regardless of pedigree, all animals have strengths, AND WEAKNESSES. UNICORNS DO NOT EXIST. The art of breeding involves working with an animal’s strengths and weaknesses. Ideally, breeding pairs of animals involves identifying those strengths and weaknesses, and finding the most complementary partner that may improve weaknesses, while retaining strengths. We do not give refunds because progeny did not turn out as expected. Owning, raising, and breeding dairy goats always comes with some element of risk. All kids born into our herd will have ‘potential’. However, it is important to recognize that while ‘genetic potential’ is used as a guide when making purchasing decisions, that potential is never a guarantee as to how any animal will ultimately perform, once mature, either in the ring, or the milk pail, or how their progeny will perform. Despite our best efforts, we cannot guarantee that every doe will have an outstanding mammary system, be a top-ten milker, or win in the show ring, any more than we can guarantee that every buck will sire the next National Champion.  The results of random genetic assortment in each individual animal are part of the joy, and intrigue, that comes with breeding and raising dairy goats.

Thank you for considering Curbstone Valley’s dairy goats!

If you have additional questions about our sales policies, or our goats, you are welcome to contact us.