Monach Farm Dairy Goats

Pedigree Dairy Goats ~ Highland & Dexter Cattle

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About Us

About Us Breeding Stock for UK & International Sales Monach Farm is a traditional livestock farm, Monach Farm is a traditional livestock farm with special emphasis on rare and unusual breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs and goats.

Monach herd of pedigree dairy goats.

The Monach herd of pedigree dairy goats is known world-wide for its high lactation and longevity. Animals from this heard have assisted breeding programs in China, Africa, South America, West Indies and across Europe in Germany, France, Denmark, Spain and Switzerland. It has also been prominent in helping Ethiopian farms re-establish themselves as part of the Farm Africa Project. During the summer months we exhibit the goats at all the major Country Shows including East of England, Suffolk and Norfolk. We run livestock husbandry and small farming courses for those interested in this way of life. Goats milk is always available for sale, fresh or frozen in 1 Litre bottles. Larger quantities can be purchased by arrangement. We also sell frozen beef and lamb from our herds, which are naturally and traditionally reared without the use of antibiotics and growth promoters. The meat is always available as it is kept in a cold store and -25C. Please ask for details. .

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Our History

THE MONACH HERD

In the beginning there were goats! Like many children born in wartime Britain to a family that had some farmland, goats were a part of the scene. My father preferred cows but when a local person was called up to serve in the war, we took on their goats and for the next eighteen years they were a part of my life. Originally they were B.S. related I suspect, to some of those of the late Miss Minnie’s (Langham Herd), as we lived only a mile or so away. Later they were crossed with a B.A male from the Edgerton Herd and finally back to B.S. My father was very negative about the show world as he suspected the frailties of humanity to be unable to come to fair and accurate decisions. My mother had spent most of her working life at Gt. Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and recalled the times when milk of many different species of animals was supplied to the hospital for the benefit of the sick children, as no dried or formulated milk was available then. Goat milk was the most important. Hence, being a rather sickly infant myself, I was reared on goat milk having frequent bouts of sickness during the winter months when the goats were dry and only a small amount of cow’s milk was available. In the summer months we supplied goats’ milk to pensioners in the surrounding area during the wartime shortages..

Time passed and conditions improved

Time passed and conditions improved for all but by now my father had developed health problems culminating in a burst appendix, gangrene and retirement. During this time other elderly relations living with us caused time- problems for my mother and I took over the goats and other stock, milking before and after school. Finally, as I left school my parents gave up stock keeping and the goats were passed to another local person

Canada

That might have been the end of the story, but I had a pony, which I continued to keep until Roland and I married and went to Canada and from there, to many other places in the world. However the pony was on loan. Three years later we returned to Cambridge where Roland did his PhD and I produced our eldest daughter Emily. Meanwhile I had collected a Labrador and we moved to Northern Ireland taking with us the pony. During this time I started a small riding centre and dog training group and successfully campaigned our first Newfoundland. When we returned to England three years later, the growing menagerie came back with us and we spent the next five years in Norfolk. Soon after, a local vet asked us if we could take on a wild BT goatling (Wolsey Emma HB30081H). This was closely followed by some BAs to add to the BSs and BTs, which we already had, including a very hairy elderly matron BT type, who required milking 3 times a day, who rejoiced in the name of Yak. At this stage it seemed logical, and encouraged by the likes if Chris Journet and the owner of a local BA stud, we joined the BGS. I continued to campaign our Newfoundland and she became a breed champion and in 1972 was Reserve Best of Breed to her brother at Crufts. Soon after this Roland was suddenly taken ill with meningitis and we had another change of direction, moving back to Cambridgeshire – to a small farm where the goats grew in number along with other livestock (Dexter Cattle, Kune Kune pigs) and another small riding centre emerged. We also produced our daughter Ellie. Encouraged by local goat keepers Frank Barber, David Brace and a few others, I started showing the goats along with British White cattle and poultry and so the various Monach Herds became a major part of our lives. Maybe due to early experience, I have always bred for milk first and beauty second, as the definition is ‘dairy’ goats, not merely show goats. This is one reason British stock is so sought after in other countries. Because of this, we milk-recorded from the start and kept the whole herd not only CAE Negative tested and monitored but also Scrapie monitored. This helped with stock sales and over the years considerable numbers of kids have been both exported to other countries and sold domestically. .

Stud male

Inevitably, as numbers grew and health status was paramount, we started to keep our own stud males, beginning with a BT (�146/28 Linwell Rome BT8611H) and later making up SM 174/176+ Buckswood Ladykiller BT10959 to Breed Champion. Five home-bred Sires of Merit have since followed. From our original Norfolk stock came R185 Monach Mayflower Q* BS 21380H, followed by RM 181 Monach Achillia *1 BrCh BS31618. The BT line produced R191 Monach Juniper * BT42892H, later to produce the highest yield at the East of England show and the reason for Spillers to start making goat mixes. Meanwhile Emily had joined the goat world and been given R123 Willowbee Amanda Q* AN19642 and so we met and used stud males from Miss Rochford’s Berkham herd. On her death we took over the Rochford ‘R’ earmark. We have also bred four Dams of Excellence: Monach Ixiolirion *1 AN28640D, RM167 Monach Nightshade Q*2 AN30267D, AR194 Monach Eureka *2 BS35330D and RM190 Monach Kumquat *3 BT24114D. At about this time we also acquired a pair of pygmy goats and the Monach Pygmy Herd was established. By now we were producing a considerable amount of milk, which was being sold both at the farm gate and to cheese makers. As my own health had been a problem, we made the decision to bring in help and expand the goats to cover the costs. Numerous deaths in both families made the next l0 years difficult and curtailed much showing. However, conditions improved and new breed champions and BCC winners evolved including R132 Monach Heliotrope Q*1 BrCh AN28467D and latterly R138 Monach Oleander Q*2 Br Ch AN30463D. When Emily returned from college, she joined the farm enterprise and eventually took over the horses. She has established a successful riding school and education unit.

Our News

Open Farm Sunday between 11.30am & 3.30pm : Sunday June 11.

Sunday 11 June for Open Farm Sunday between 11.30am & 3.30pm

Monach Farm Open Farm Sunday with Hilton village traders site for that day

We usually have an attendance of around 200 people on our open days many of whom are regular weekly riders at the stables and as such are from the local area.

Monach Farm will be selling their food products, ice creams and hot & cold drinks on the day.

We will also be doing pony rides, meet the animals & nature walks.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like any further information.

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Contact Us

St. Francis Toft/The Green,
Huntingdon,
United Kingdom, PE28 9NB

Tel: 01480 830223 / 07834 342499

monachfarm@tiscali.co.uk