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Hi I'm Leslie

I'm a full-time farmer in Western Wisconsin where I raise meat goats and sheep on pasture using regenerative and rotational grazing practices.

I created this website because
I had so many people reaching out, both locally and beyond, wanting to know more about how I was raising and marketing goats.

I also recognized that it IS so hard to find information in this space. I wanted to share what I've learned along the way and reduce your time searching the depths of the internet.

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Favorite farming marketing tools for selling to consumers

February 15, 2024

My favorite ag marketing tools to help sell our meat directly to consumers.

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Workshop: Managing for resiliency with your goats and sheep

February 12, 2024

By managing for resiliency with all aspects of our farm and life, we are better able to manage the ups and downs that come our way.

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Bale feeding with bale grazing [results, sheep + goats]

January 24, 2024

When it comes to winter bale feeding your livestock, there are many different approaches you can take, including bale grazing.

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Ask Me Anything Session: Raising, grazing and marketing

January 5, 2024

A special bonus Q&A session for my email subscribers. I talk all things raising, grazing and marketing meat goats.

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New goat meat research findings on consumer behavior

December 11, 2023

A recent university consumer behavior and market research study shows that younger generations are more likely to purchase goat. 

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M5 Entrepreneurs feature and opportunities

November 25, 2023

Being an active, lifelong-learner has been a important part of growing my farm business. A valuable resources has been the M5 Entrepreneurs Academy,

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Keeping goats warm in the winter [cold weather tips]

November 18, 2023

Keeping your goats warm and ensuring their well-being is a top priority as winter weather sets in for the season.

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Breeding goats: An overview and how to prepare your herd

November 9, 2023

There’s more to goat breeding season than just putting your does with a buck.

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Freezer temperature sensors offer a sense of security

October 28, 2023

When we first started storing frozen meat on our farm we wanted a way to know quickly if our freezer wasn’t working properly.

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Fall transitions: Summer grazing to winter feeding

October 26, 2023

As fall progresses we are transitioning our herd of goats and sheep from rotational grazing to winter bale grazing. 

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Getting to Know Goat Meat in the Kitchen

October 17, 2023

As our business grew and we transitioned to primarily selling goat meat directly to customers, I picked up a lot of fantastic information (and recipes) that helped me understand it so much better.

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Celebrate goat meat with Goatober

October 6, 2023

Help celebrate goat meat with Goatober.

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Making paddock fencing set up easier for grazing

September 30, 2023

As fall is creeping in, I’m working to finish up the last of my projects.

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Electric fence chargers: How it works, solar option, setup + grounding

September 15, 2023

Choosing the right electric fence charger, selected for your fencing needs, along with the set up is important in making it truly effective.

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Wisconsin Leaders of the Land Feature

September 9, 2023

Recently I was profiled by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau as part of their Leaders of the Land series.

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Why Word of Mouth Marketing Works

August 26, 2023

In a world dominated by digital marketing, word of mouth marketing might seem old fashioned. But it’s still a super effective way of getting your farm business in front of customers and giving it staying power.

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Grazing our hayfield and the surrounding woods

August 22, 2023

We’ve been giving our pastures a break over the last few weeks to let the grasses, legumes and forbes time to recover and to help reduce future parasite issues.

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Three options for goat waters

August 9, 2023

Access to water is critical for your goats, but it can be also time consuming to fill waters on a regular basis. This blog covers three options for goat waters that can be used during the summer grazing summer or winter. 1. Rotational grazing water system with a pipeline The above ground black poly pipeline […]

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Supplies for goats during the grazing season

July 29, 2023

Throughout the grazing season I rely heavily on my Gator to not only get around the farm to check goats and sheep, but also to haul the rotational grazing fencing gear and goat supplies I may need. 

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Forage chicory for pastures

July 29, 2023

Forage chicory has numerous benefits as a pasture plant species for small ruminants, including goats and sheep.

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Cardboard Shredder Machine

July 22, 2023

A cardboard shredder machine can help solve the issue of having used cardboard boxes, by providing a way to repurpose the cardboard. 

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Gallagher Smart Fence Review

July 15, 2023

The Smart Fence is a great option for portable goats since it is so easy to use.

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Rotational grazing: A practical guide

June 17, 2023

When done correctly, rotational grazing offers many benefits to your livestock, soil quality, and pasture productivity.

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How to test an electric fence: A troubleshooting guide

June 9, 2023

Learn how to test an electric fence and troubleshoot grounding and conductivity issues when your electric fence is not working.

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Determining how many goats per acre for your pastures

June 3, 2023

When getting started with raising goats, one of the most common questions that comes up is how many goats per acre can I raise?

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The Case for Email Marketing

May 31, 2023

Email marketing: It’s a term that strikes fear in the hearts of so many farmers and ranchers I’ve met. With a million things to do each day, taking the time to sit down and craft and send out an email can feel like an understandably daunting task.

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Featured on the For the Love of Goats Podcast

May 16, 2023

Recently I was featured on the For the Love of Goats Podcast, where I talked about about marketing goat meat farming and online sales.

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Three portable goat fencing options

May 9, 2023

Portable goat fencing paired with electric is an effective solution to keep goats in and it’s a lower-cost option.

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Goat fencing requirements and options

May 2, 2023

Having the right goat fence is one of the most important things when it comes to raising goats.

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Recommended goat butchery reference book

April 22, 2023

One of my top reference books for goat cuts, processing, and butchery is the book Butchering by Adam Danforth.

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How to set up goat kidding pens

April 14, 2023

Learn more about how to set up and use goat kidding pens.

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Newborn goat care after birthing

April 11, 2023

Kidding season can be an exciting, yet stressful time on the farm. There’s a lot of uncertainty when newborn goats will arrive and how much you might have to assist the doe in the birthing process.

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Knowing Your Ideal Customer for your Farm

March 24, 2023

Knowing your ideal customers, and how they differ from your current customers, is an essential part of developing your farm business.

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Featured on the Farmside Chat Podcast

March 24, 2023

This week I was featured on the American Farm Bureau Farmside Chat Podcast, where I talked about about goat meat farming and conservation practices.

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All About Goat Pasture

March 3, 2023

Creating the right pasture for your meat goat herd may be easier than you might think.

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A Guide to Goat Meat Cuts

February 14, 2023

Learn more about the primal and basic cuts of goat meat.

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