Cory Howard is a graduate of Umass Amherst with a degree in Animal Industries. He also has a Masters in Education and works as a Stem teacher for middle school students. Alana Howard first went to school to become a groomer, then later went back to school and became an LPN. She spent many years working at an adult day center but most recently took on another nursing role. Animal husbandry has alway been a hobby for ours and we continue to strive to improve the animals we breed, generation to generation.
In the 80's when Cory was knee high to a cricket, chickens were the first animal to come to the property, then in 1992 the first goats were bought. These were pygmy goats and it wasn't until 2001 Boer goats took the pygmy's place. We raised quality Boer goats for many years, while adding Sebastopol geese, too many breeds and varieties of chickens to count, rabbits, pigeons, and quail. About 4 years ago we sold the Boer goats and bought a couple Dorper ewes from a good friend at HighLoft Farm in Sutton Ma. Then we bought our first Nigerians dwarfs in an effort to produce our own drinking milk. It didn't take long before milking and making soap became one of the main focuses on the farm. We truly enjoy the animals and everything we are able to enjoy from them.
As I said we have had many breeds and types of animals. From a couple beef cows and replacement heifers to a handful of different goat breeds including Boer goats, Nigerian dwarfs, Pygmy goats, a few Nubians and Alpines, a couple breeds of sheep such as Tunis, Dorpers and Katadins, as well as many breeds and color varieties of chickens, a pig, geese, quail, call ducks, llamas and more. Today we have settled a bit and our focus has shifted to just a handful of quality animals. We raise Salmon Faverolle bantams, Bielefelder chickens as well as Blue and red grizzle, checks and barred homer pigeons, some Dorper sheep and of course the Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Our focus is always on quality. We have always thought that if you start with quality, you'll produce quality and the animals production ability plays a key role in that.