Critton Creek Farm (CCF) raises and sells hardy pureblood Spanish goats and high-quality Savanna crosses. Our herd rotates through rolling pastureland in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, 30 miles southwest of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The goats feed on a mix of native grasses, legumes, vines, and briars, with hay and grain provided as needed through the winter.
Our breeding program aims to produce large, hardy kids with distinctive breed characteristics who promise to be good mothers or productive bucks. In our Spanish herd, we breed composites, blended from Valera, Smoke Ridge, and Weinheimer. In our cross herd, we use Savanna bucks with both Spanish and cross-bred does.
We have had a wonderful birthing season this year: Healthy kids, and lots of colors! Please go to our pages describing our Spanish goats and Savanna crosses to learn more about our herd. Check out our photo page to see our herd sires and some of the 2013 bucklings and doelings.
If you are interested in strengthening your meat goat program with hardy does or bucks at reasonable prices, helping preserve heritage breeds, managing your land in an environmentally friendly way, or just adding an attractive and fun animal to your property, please contact us.
CCF began operations in 2009 with the goal of building a distinctive herd of high-quality Spanish and Savanna purebloods who could rotate sustainably through our pastures and be managed selectively using on-farm productivity testing. By the end of 2010, our herd had grown to more than 40 goats and we had sold all of the available kids and adults. In late 2011, we focused on developing a strong Spanish composite goat by strategically mixing three strains (Valera, Smoke Ridge, and Weinheimer). The resulting kid crop demonstrates the benefits of hybrid vigor; the Spanish newborns exceeded our expectations in size, hardiness, and coloration. We also grew our cross-herd by breeding strong Savanna bucks selectively to Spanish and cross-bred does to produce large goats that are highly attractive to commercial breeders.This year, we have added Myotonic-Savanna does to our core herd of 50 working does and bred them to our Spanish bucks, with impressive results.
To learn more, you can reach us by telephone (304-947-5229) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Photos © 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. Lynn Golemon, Priscilla Ireys, Henry Ireys or Joe Razes.