Golden Acres Ranch- Naturally Raised Goat and Lamb
|September 20, 2010||Posted by admin under Agriculture, FAPC, Farms|
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.