Welcome to the Boer Goat Corrals at SnA Farms
on the Black Rock barrens in Western Indiana
Hi There. Glad you stopped by. In case you're wondering, we're the Dahnkes. Some of us have been messing around with livestock for over 40 years and we have 3 generations of showmen in our family. We've been raising fullblood and percentage Boer goats for 18 years on our farm here in Indiana. We raise show stock, breeding stock for other producers, and a few show wethers.
We're founding members of the American Goat Federation, lifetime members of USBGA (U.S. Boer Goat Association), and members of ABGA (American Boer Goat Association). We're also members of IBGC (Indiana Boer Goat Classic), and IMGA (Illinois Meat Goat Association).
We strive to raise goats that are productive, consistent, competitive, and pretty with good Boer breed character. Because we have a business in town, our does must kid on their own and raise their kids without a lot of assistance. We've found our Boers to be wonderful animals who have individual personalities and who can be very bossy with other goats, and us. We started our operation with percentage does. We searched for percentage does that were balanced without too wide a front end, but still with adequate bone and muscle. The Boer goats are beautiful animal but many of the full bloods tended to be stockier and were wider at the shoulder than at the hips. We wanted some of that Boer bulk, but also wanted balance and having a lot of experience with livestock, we knew what those big fronts could do to a kidding season, if the hips were not in proportion. We felt it would be better to get bulk from the bucks we would use.
When we went looking for our first bucks we decided to go with what we believed were "tried and true" bloodlines. Well, as "tried and true" as we could find in an industry in its infant stages in the U.S. So we purchased bucks that had already been used at least 1 season by someone else whose program we respected. Over the years we made some great choices, and as is usually the case, there were a couple of our choices that could have been better.
We sell breeding stock, show stock and show wethers. Out of a thousand or so kids born each year, we only ever keep a max of 2 or 3 bucks intact. The rest get wethered. We sell our show wethers at our All Star Sale in the Spring, on either the first or second Sunday in April. Early on, the All Star Sale was put on by a group of Indiana breeders, and we would consign breeding stock each year. We took the sale over in the mid 2000's and moved the sale to our store in West Lafayette. in 2013 we began cutting our herd back (we had run 550 or so head of percentage and fullblood Boer goats for several years), so we changed the All Star Sale to a private treaty sale and moved it to our farm.
As soon as we finish kidding, usually around March 12, people are welcome to make appointments to preview our current year's group of show wethers. We publicize the dates that the farm is open to visitors and the dates of the sale on this website and on the farm face book page. We offer a broad selection of competitive wethers, and we preprice everything to keep the prices affordable to 4-Hers. That said, we do not sell anything below what we would get at market and our minimum price for a show wether is $250.00. Many county fair champions as well as state fair and jack pot champions have been sold on this sale.
During the rest of the year, when we have breeding stock or show stock or bucks available, pictures will be posted on this website and on the farm face book page. We open our farm on Sundays to visitors who are welcome throughout the year, except when we are kidding. If you want to talk to us, please feel free to give us a jingle. If would would like to visit the farm, feel free to call or email and make an appointment.