South Of Eden Farms

Located In Northeast Tennessee

Livestock Guardians

Meet the does, the bucks and the wethers.

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Our fierce protecters

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Our Story

Our Herd

South Of Eden Farms, is a small farm located in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. We aim to be self sufficient by growing and raising more of the food we eat, because- WHO wants to eat pesticides and chemical fertilizers? Not us!

We avoid chemicals in our gardens and we use a holistic approach towards animal husbandry, combined with the use of modern medicine.

​Our goats are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) and many can be registered with the American Goat Society (AGS) and Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association (NDGA). Our herd tested negative for CAE, Johne's disease and CL as of March 2017. We test our entire herd annually and we only purchase from tested herds.

Nigerian Dwarf goats are a miniature dairy breed. Their small stature makes them ideal for small homesteads and new farmers. They are easy to handle and they make great pets. A Nigerian Dwarf goat, is NOT the same as a pygmy goat. The ND IS a Dairy breed. The pygmy is not. 

The Nigerian Dwarf goat produces a rich, sweet milk. It has the highest butterfat of all the dairy breeds, making it an excellent choice for cheese and soap making. 

We focus on milk production so that we can supply our family with milk, however we also aim to have correct conformation within our breeding stock in order to improve the breed in all areas.​

We have 4 adult Nigerian dwarf does and 7 doe kids that we have retained from this years breeding. All of the kids born here on the farm this year, are polled (naturally hornless).

We now have 2 adult Alpines does and one Alpine doe kid, born 5/26/17.  We will eventually breed them to our Nigerian Dwarf buck. Our main purpose for this, is to have a couple of does who can supply our family with enough milk year round. We would like to see how the production of the offspring (mini-Alpines) compares to that of other breeds. 

In addition to goats, we are also raising Livestock Guardian Dogs. Our primary focus for breeding will be on the Turkish breeds. The Anatolian Shepherd and the Kangal have proven to be effective guardians of livestock in Turkey for centuries. We are very impressed with their temperament and their fierce guarding instincts. They are solid LGD'S, even in areas with heavy predator loads. In fact, these breeds are being used to fend off Cheetahs in South Africa, Iran, Kenya, Algeria and Botswana.

The Turkish Shepherd's are an effective, non-lethal method of discouraging the cheetahs from taking livestock. Whether your area predators are big cats, wolves, coyotes, bear, fox or feral dogs, the Turkish Shepherds can help you prevent losses and will be an invaluable asset to your farm. 

We intend to have our breeding pairs OFA certified for hips and elbows and we will begin breeding when our vet has given his approval.

Our Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD'S) are raised with our goats, chickens and pet dogs. They are never aggressive towards us and we trust that our children are safe in their presence. However, you should exercise caution when allowing strangers near an LGD. Their job is to protect their territory and their stock, so they may or may not be welcoming to strangers- especially if you are not present to let them know it is okay. For more information on these breeds or livestock guardian dogs in general, please send us a message on Facebook. And be sure to like our page to stay on top of the latest  happenings around the farm.

Here are some of the products we use around the farm.

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