SRMGA Breeders Spotlight: Treavan Boer Goats
Our family of four consists of Tim, Laura (myself), Treyton and Ava Brown. Our little goat operation is located in Spring Creek, NV which is near Elko. We own and operate Treavan Boer Goats (pronounced Trey-van a combination of Treyton and Ava). Tim is a diesel mechanic at Newmont Mining Corporation. I enjoy being a stay at home mom, but use to work as a vet technician. Trey is 11 years old and heading into middle school. Besides his goats he participates in sports and 4-H. Ava is 9 years old, going into the 4th grade, and like her brother she also enjoys sports. While she isn’t old enough to join 4-H Ava still participates in our club as Cloverbud. Both kids are members of JABGA as well as SRMGA. Tim and I are also members of ABGA and SRMGA.
We bought our first three goats back in 2011. While I (Laura) wanted dairy goats, Tim had a coworker who raised commercial meat goats, and insisted we should consider buying Boer Goats. He finally talked me out of my dairy aspirations and convinced me Boer Goats were the best route for us. We brought home two doelings and a buckling, and have never looked back. Once I had them home and got to know what Boers were like to raise I knew at some point in the future I’d want to show them. Gradually we have morphed from commercial stock into registered stock. The rest is history. Now the whole family shows.
We breed registered Boer Goats, and have since sold all our commercial animals. Our family dabbled in color production (dapples etc), but decided to focus on improving what we raise for the show ring.
Our breeding goals are solely focused on showing and improving our stock accordingly, to be competitive in the ring. We have a ways to go before we get where we want to be production wise, but looking back we have come a long way from 2011.
Besides the fact we love to raise Boer Goats we focus our operation on showing, and becoming competitive in the ring. However we do butcher and/or sell wethers every year, but the wether industry isn’t the direction we are heading in.
If I had to pick one topic on the goat industry to change I’d have to say that it would be nice to see the show and wether industries come together instead of drifting apart. No matter what differences may be in wether stock or registered stock the common denominator that seems to get displaced is they are both meat goats. So whether or not animals come from show lines or wether lines the main purpose of the breed is to produce meaty offspring. Registered or not. I’m not as familiar with the wether production end of the industry, but as I see it there shouldn’t be such a divide between the two.
Tip for new comers (since I still feel like a newbie most of the time)… Do your research before you jump into raising goats. Knowledge is power. Goats are wonderful, fulfilling animals to own, but they can be challenging to say the least. Know how to care for them properly, and familiarize yourself with common caprine illnesses and diseases. Most areas don’t have goat vets. So when something happens, if your knowledgeable on your breed, more than likely you will be prepared instead of trying to blindly deal with the situation. Whether it’s a discussion with your vet or simply raising your stock to their full potential knowing what you are doing is important. Also find an established breeder who you can reach out to if questions come up helps. Oh and make sure you have proper fencing!
Accomplishments: While Treavan Boer Goats have improved in the regional shows we attend, our biggest accomplishment has been helping to increase caprine knowledge and stock quality with the local youth and other goat enthusiasts in Elko County.