Thank you for your interest in Kickapoo Valley Dairy Goats. Our farm is from where we first began raising dairy goats in the corn belt of Central Illinois. We began raising goats in 1981 when a doe was purchased for a great 4-H project. That doe, CH El Wick Moon's Laura, became our first permanent champion and helped to encourage our interest in breeding French Alpines and Lamanchas. Today the goat business is a partnership between father and son, Ed and Byron Jodlowski, and the love of the goats has now extended to the next generation of Evan, Cameron, Kenyon, and Griffen.
Our herd has consistently flourished in the last fifteen years producing permanent champion does, high placing does at National Shows , Spotlight Sale animals, and many does that have done well for others. In 2006 we eclipsed yet another breeding goal - breeding a National Champion that dream was revisited this past year in 2011. We have also bred six National Junior Champions. In 2008 we had our first Reserve National Champions - Music, senior Alpine, Yellobird, junior Lamancha, and Yoda, junior Recorded Grade. Music's win was very special for us because she had won her class 3 times at a National Show she was a special doe with a special personality - we miss the perky sound of her voice when we enter the barn. In 2012, my son Cameron won the Sable Raffle Kid at the ADGA National show and brought her back in 2013 to compete- Akaiberry was named Sable Junior National Champion in Minnesota. We are very proud of the animals that we have raised, and we are thankful for the people who have supported us by purchasing our animals.
In 2011 we yet again attended the ADGA National Show, but with the distance and the heat took less animals (at least less for us). We had a tremendous Lamancha show with the National Senior and National Junior Champion as well as the first place Three Junior Does, and National Lamancha Premier Sire. Our Alpine show was also very strong even though we did not have a class winner. In many of the milking classes we had one or two does placing in the top ten. In 2012 we took the year off traveling to the National Show although we did have an opportunity to see many of the beautiful does there because Ed was lucky enough to judge there.
This year we plan to freshen 35 does; a number of doe and buck kids as well as MILKERS will be offered for sale. We generally like to milk around 15 does, so obviously there will be a number of mature animals available in the spring. We do reserve the right to decide to not offer an animal for sale if we choose to retain it for our herd. However, we do strive to find quality animals for those interested in purchasing Kickapoo Valley stock.
We will not sell any animal that we do not feel meets our standards of excellence. Not every animal sold is going to become a permanent champion or produce permanent champions, but it should compete well as a mature animal. Furthermore, once an animal has been deemed sellable and in good condition by both Kickapoo Valley and the buyer, it is the obligation of the buyer to assume responsibilities for the animal. We will not replace quality stock that is sold and deemed as not quality at a later time.
For those purchasing young stock, all animals are raised on a CAE prevention program. We encourage those who purchase young stock from us to continue the practice of CAE prevention. We will be happy to test an adult animal for CAE at the buyer's expense or have the buyer test the animal immediately upon taking it into his/her herd; however, WE WILL NOT REPLACE AN ANIMAL AFTER IT HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO ANOTHER HERD AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME AND LATER TESTS POSITIVE TO CAE.
A $100 deposit will hold an animal; we do reserve the right to keep any kid born despite the fact that we may be holding a deposit. Prices on animals are found at the end of an animal's description and do not include shipping and/or health certificate. We also have a Sales List Page this year that also gives information regarding doe, who she is bred to, price of kids, and her due date. Prices on milkers in the spring will vary dependent on what is available. For those interested in milkers, we ask you contact us as soon as possible to reserve your choice. We do offer discounts on multiple purchases.
We at Kickapoo Valley wish you and yours a happy, healthy kidding season and hope you consider an animal from us.
The Jodlowski Family 2452 2050th Avenue Atlanta IL, 61723