|Laz E Acre Farm-Mini Nubians||
Welcome To Laz E Acre Farm
Home of Eldon and Debbi Otta
We came to the tri-cities area in 2008. Who would have guessed that we would end up on a small hobby farm in Finley, WA. It all started with two red hens given to us by a dear friend. Eldon was not very happy about it since the hen house was in need of repair and there was so much to do to get everything ready for any kind of livestock. We came to really enjoy those two hens named Brittany and Destiny.
Because our farm is small, it took a while to come up with the right kind of livestock to put on it. We started out boarding a friend’s horse. He was extremely bored, since none of us ride, and he was finally moved to a better place. Then we bought a cow with a calf thinking that maybe we could have some home grown beef the next year. The first mistake was naming the calf. When the wet weather came, we discovered that one cow and her calf can destroy the ground in our pasture and around the barn in just a few short weeks. They also got a new home. After we repaired the pasture and barn area, three alpacas came next, which we really liked. They are so easy on your pasture and so cute but, alas, they don’t really like to be touched. We are a hands-on family, so we started looking for a different kind of animal that we could really interact with. But goats? Really? Who would have thought that we would even entertain the idea? We both grew up on farms and goats were never thought of as desirable livestock. Eldon was raised on a Grade A Holstein dairy, so the thought of raising goats for milk was disturbing to him. After all, goats were the "poor man’s cow." We believed that goats were smelly, unruly, difficult to handle, and just not very smart. We were about to have a paradigm shift.
Daphne and Fanny were our first two Mini-Nubian goats. We instantly fell in love with them. They were such characters. Each had her own unique personality and they both would rather be with you than not. We learned quickly how smart they are. They were both pregnant when we got them, so we were initiated shortly after their arrival with our first kidding season. As scary as that was, it was also just amazing! We realized that goats do not smell bad, except for the bucks when they are in rut, and thankfully that doesn’t last all year. Once we started milking we also found out how wonderful the milk really is. It is sweet and mild tasting. You can make the best cheeses, ice creams, soaps, and lotions out of it. Now when people ask what we do, we proudly say “We have a small farm in Finley, WA where we raise registered Mini Nubian milk goats!”
Our goats are registered with MDGA
(Miniature Dairy Goat Association) and
TMGR ( The Miniature Goat Registry)
Our herd is tested CAE, CL, and Johnes Clear
These two Rhode Island Red pullets were our first farm animals.
Laz E Acre Farm
212705 E. Bowles Rd
Kennewick, WA 99337