ABOUT QUICKSILVER FARMS
Quicksilver Farms started out as a 150 acre cattle ranch and quarter horse breeding facility in Alabama in 1994. We purchased a small Jersey cow from an Amish farm in Tennessee, but as a family we kept getting stomach aches from the milk. Back then we used a pasteurizer with no understanding that we were killing the enzymes and ruining the perfect vitamin and mineral content of raw milk. So, we sold our little Jersey cow and purchased our first Nubian dairy goats, thinking that goat milk would be better for us than cow milk. About the same time we purchased some Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats, basically as pets. Jay developed degenerative disc disease and in 1999 we closed our busy medical practice and relocated to Southern Idaho. We brought our Nigerian Dwarf goats and a couple of horses with us and found homes for the Nubians.
A MOVE AWAY FROM CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE
As Jay's health continued to fail despite the best medical care, we started doing research on nutrition (something not taught extensively in medical school). He spent many months in bed with severe back pain, for which pain medication did little to alleviate. Two spinal surgeries did little to relieve the discomfort and when a third was suggested, he told his orthopedic surgeon no. To make a long story short, through better nutrition and hydration with pure water, Jay has slowly healed over the years so that he does not live in continual pain. Raw dairy products have been a central focus in our journey as a family to healing of chronic illness and building our immune systems. We've had to totally re-educate ourselves as a family in regards to raw foods and native nutrition and have come to the realization (along with so many other families) that conventional medicine does not have all the answers.
QSF DAIRY GOATS
Over the years we've raised purebred Nubians, Alpines and registered experimental standard sized dairy goats. Genetics of each breed have included some of the very best bloodlines in the nation. But we always seem to find our way back to the Nigerian Dwarf and miniature sizes. We personally prefer a creamier milk and the butterfat level is usually higher in these smaller members of the dairy goat family. We appreciate the fact that they're easier for us to handle physically. And those cute, bouncy bottle fed kids are much easier to sell than the standard size kids. Our miniature and ND wethers are usually sold as pets and not as meat goats. We have no problem with other families enjoying goat meat, but personally choose not to butcher our dairy goats for meat. We become way too attached to our bottle babies.
Due to the homesteading movement and the move towards raw milk, many families are now becoming interested in having their own fresh milk supply and miniature dairy goats are so hardy that they're an excellent choice for beginners. Due to their small size they're much easier to house than the standard sized breeds and families with small children appreciate their docile nature. For those of us with physical disabilities they're much easier to care for. Feed requirements are minimal as compared to a family cow or even the standard size dairy goats.
We love collecting antiques, especially those related to vintage dairy, canning and kitchen items. We're really excited about our 'new' Surge milking machine and look forward to the restoration project!
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Dr. & Mrs. Jay (Julie) Quilligan
Crystal Pamplona, Jessica Patterson