The following sales policies are put in place to ensure a smooth and satisfying transaction for both parties. Please contact us with any questions.
Updated October 2022
By sending a deposit or placing a reservation on an animal, you indicate that you are in agreement with these terms:
Flat Rock Farm is accepting reservations for a very limited number of kids at this time. Flat Rock's Dregnr is penned with 13 does for March 2023. Drengr is homozygous silver so all kids will be silver Drengr is also polled and blue eyed so both are possibilities. These does represent some of the best of Flat Rock and we expect exceptional kids. Reservations are $200 each and will be filled in order of receipt. Of course when your kid is born the reservation fee is taken off the total. Only 12 reservations will be taken. This simply ensures you will get the kid you are hoping for.
Any kids not spoken for by reservation (and there will be quite a few) will be posted first on our Farm FB page and then on our website. They will be sold first come first served.
We ask for 1/2 the purchase price as a deposit to hold the kid until transport or pick up via Paypal or Venmo. Kids are not considered sold until deposit is received.
Deposits are non refundable if the buyer does not go through with the sale. Deposits are non transferable unless there is an issue with the kid originally purchased, in which case we will do everything possible to accommodate. We reserve the right to cancel a sale, at our discretion, if we feel it is in the animal's best interest to do so. In this instance all monies will be refunded.
Balance must be paid in full 24 hours before the animal leaves on transport. No exceptions unless prior arrangements have been made at the time of sale. I will send a notice that transport is coming and the date. I will send an update 2-3 days before. I will not send another reminder. Failure to pay the balance before transport will result in forfeiture of deposit and the kid will be sold to the next person in line. Amazon does not ship goods without payment. Do not expect goat breeders to do so.
We offer experienced and reliable transport in the continental United States. We work exclusively with Brian Barlow of Van Go Animal Transport Services. Brian transports all over the US and has made many successful trips for us. Contact him at 704-284-0294 (call or text) for a quote. Brian accepts bottle babies, dam raised kids and adults.
We do not offer air shipping at this time.
While we make every effort to be accommodating on transportation we will not put any of our animals, kids or adults, in a situation that we feel could jeopardize their health or well being. We reserve the right to refuse transport if we feel it's in the best interest of our stock to do so. There are several commercial transporters we do not work with for various reasons.
In the event that an animal is not transported or picked up within 90 days of sale - with no communication to make arrangements for the animal - all monies will be forfeit and the animal will again be available for sale. Failure to pay the balance owed 24 hours before transport leaves will result in forfeiture of the deposit and cancellation of sale.
Farm Pick ups:
Farm pick ups are welcome but limited to driveway pick up due to Covid 19. Masks must be worn at all times by all parties until further notice. Just check with us and we will be happy to arrange a time and date. Balance is available at the time of pick up.
Registration and names:
All of our goats are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association. Animals will come with ADGA registration papers unless otherwise noted.
Kids are named in bloodline themes. We are unable to change a kids name once it is registered. We are happy to accommodate if we can work with you on a name.
Update May 2022 ADGA continues to be an absolute disaster. We have found the most reliable way to register and transfer kids is online. We will do the registration and transfer and send it to the buyers ADGA cart so they can check out and ensure their papers go to the right address.
Animals are healthy, vaccinated, disbudded, dewormed, tattooed and ready to go when they leave our herd. Due to the stresses of shipping and transport we cannot offer further health guarantees.
Kids are typically sold from baby pictures, often taken as soon as they unfold. While we understand that buyers love to see updated pictures of their kids please keep in mind that there are only so many hours in a day, and if the choice must be made between feeding/hoof trimming/working/milking etc. and taking pictures chores that must be done will win out. If your kid happens to run by when my phone is in my hand, or does something particularly cute I will grab a picture as time allows and send it. Otherwise the answer to the question "what does my kid look like" is bigger. The major difference in your kids newborn picture and it's picture at two weeks old is it's bigger. Seriously, that is it.
You are trusting me as a breeder to send you a kid that I'm proud to have my herdname on. After 35 years I can make that evaluation almost immediately. I wont sell a kid I do not believe in. Asking me for updated pictures every week just slows us down and keeps us from getting necessary chores done. If you cannot trust me to provide you with the kid you chose and need constantly updated pictures I am not the breeder for you.
What you get from me:
The full support of my 30+ years of breeding Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats. I will give you my unvarnished opinion of the kid you are getting and how he/she will help you meet your herd goals. I will be absolutely honest in regards to my opinions on the animal: it's bloodline, it's strengths and weaknesses, and what I expect it to produce and or contribute. If you tell me exactly what you are looking for, and what attributes you need, I will do my utmost to help you find it. If I cannot, I will point you in the direction I think will be most helpful to obtain your goals.
I will also be available for any health/breeding/breed questions you might have long after the purchase of your Flat Rocks animal (and actually I am available for that if you do NOT purchase a Flat Rocks animal). It does not matter to me if you have two pet wethers, a herd of show winners, or a family milker; if you have a question please do not hesitate to ask.
The depth of my breeding program. There is no other herd in the US with this many years continual breeding of Nigerian Dwarfs. You not only get the animal you purchased, but you get hands on knowledge of that animal's bloodline for many generations.
An animal that I believe in. We have worked very hard to establish our herd. We will not jeopardize our reputation by offering animals that we believe are anything but the best we have to offer. Flat Rocks animals thrive and excel in other herds, winning at shows and earning production accolades. We sell animals that we ourselves would like to keep. Only the absolute best will be sold as bucks. Most males will be wethered and sold as pets. NO bucks will be offered out of first fresheners. We believe a doe must prove herself before contributing a buck to the breed.
Because breeding is not an exact science and we cannot always predict how a kid will turn out we cannot offer any further guarantees, specific or implied.
What you agree to provide:
You will provide the goat you purchase from Flat Rock Farm with the following:
1. Care to the best of your ability.
2. Feed and hay. No. Contrary to what the internet and Facebook experts like to spout most of us do not have an adequate variety of browse for goats to live on pasture alone. It's just not feasible. Goats also cannot survive on grass hay alone. Its simply not high enough in protein. Goats, especially growing kids, need at least 16% protein, adequate vitamins and minerals, and a well balanced diet to grow to their potential. There are many commercially available goat pellets formulated by nutritionists that do a fantastic job of meeting the nutritional needs of a growing or producing animal. If you need recommendations we would be happy to provide them. Horse quality hay should be available as well. Hay varies greatly by region, but is always an important component of a small ruminant diet.
3. Shelter and fencing. Goats need a dry and draft free environment. Doesn't have to be fancy. They also need fencing that keeps them in and predators out.
4. Veterinary care if necessary.
We are available 24/7 for husbandry questions. Please message us on Facebook or send us an email.