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, or ground transportation, especially during the heat of summer. However, for pre-approved buyers that need to air ship, we can potentially ship animals by air from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), or Regan National, Washington, DC (DCA). We recommend that buyers contact the airlines directly for quotes to determine pricing, and flight feasibility, from Dulles before deciding on air transportation. Please check with us BEFORE finalizing any travel arrangements to ensure we can get your kid to the airport for your chosen flight!
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 via a livestock transporter (we highly recommend Dave Thomas with Nigerian Dwarf Express Transportation), may be your best option if you cannot pick up your animal yourself.
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, but we are happy to help you, and make recommendations for transporters we trust! Choose your transporters wisely. If we know they are scammers, or have a reputation for poor service, we will not allow our animals to travel with them.
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.
Ground Transport/Third Party Pickup
If you choose to use a third party, including a friend, or request for us to meet with a livestock transporter, 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.
We are happy to make recommendations for transporters that we have had positive experiences with. Curbstone Valley Farm reserves the right to cancel transport if we feel the transporter may jeopardize the health or welfare of the animal(s) involved.
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 2023.
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.
For goats being transported out of state, Veterinary Health Certificates will be provided at cost. Our farm Veterinarian currently charges $130 for a field call, and $65 per animal examined for transport, due to the distance traveled to reach the farm. 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, and try to combine multiple animals into a CVI visit to minimize expenses.
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.