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Golden Acres Ranch- Naturally Raised Goat and Lamb

September 20, 2010

Bobbie and Fred Golden settled in Monticello, FL in 2001 with two dogs, one cat and an easy retired life. The couple then purchased nine Tennessee Fainting goats and two bucks. Bobbie now 74 and Fred 75, has expanded the ranch to include Katahdin Sheep, pet boarding services, Golden Blend feed, EZ Hutch shelters, fresh farm eggs and Mayhaw jam/jellies.

A few weeks ago, photographer Joan and I had the opportunity to tour the Golden’s Farm. On the property stood 175 Mayhaw trees which are 40 to 50 years old and the oldest accessible trees in Jefferson County, clean goats, chickens, guardian dogs and sheep. It was truly a learning experience for me because I had trouble determining a sheep from a goat. I learned sheep tails are usually always down, the goat’s tail is usually always up. At first, I really had a hard time distinguishing the difference between the two before the short lesson. The Golden’s also has a newly installed solar well. The well is a 500 gallon holding tank that gravity feeds to six water troughs for the sheep and goats. If the sun doesn’t shine, it can be plugged into a generator. I was truly impressed that Mr. Golden and sons performed a large portion of the installation.

The Golden’s offers USDA certified lamb and goat meat which can be purchased at the Golden Acres Ranch Country Store, Johnston’s Meat Locker, Lake Ella and the Tallahassee Downtown Market.  The Golden’s are very active FAPC members since 2008 and participates in many goat and livestock conferences and events.

Visit: http://www.goldenacresranchflorida.com/

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Nicole permalink
    October 5, 2010 9:43 am

    Great article Kechia! I love the photos too.

  2. John Clinton permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:22 pm

    Very nice article as it helps my girl and I in understanding the many factors in considering leaving Florida for Tennessee to do our own goat farming in the future. Maybe in the Cleveland or areas north in Blesoe county Tn. The solar water well is very interesting and would love to have seen photos of what you have done and how it works. Right now I’m looking at property that has a small pond or several ponds as this would offset some of the watering requirements for the animals we intend on raising. I would love to have a herd of South African Boers for meat to offset our income in the event that the economy gets to the point that we must rely on our own “off the grid” lifestyle, to meet our needs. Getting back to the land after living in Clearwater for 10 years is enough for me. Condo life is not all that its cracked up to be of this country boy….

    Ps. Nice picture of the Dog. A must for a goat farmer.

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