Suppliers of Boer goat meat, pork, gluten free sausages, burgers and meatballs and breeders of free range boer goats, boer crosses, and rare breed pigs
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                                                        ABOUT US
                                                               THE BARNETT HISTORY

Devese Farm Animals was set up as a business in October 2009 to market the boer goat meat being produced from our herd of dairy and boer goats and boer crosses.  It is run by Linda Marie and Linda Margaret - sisters-in-law together with Robert (Bob) Barnett who is husband / brother to the two Linda's
Linda Margaret and Bob were brought up with animals from a very young age.  Their parents moved to the country in 1956 and started keeping chickens, pigs and a couple of dairy goats. In 1966 they bought a small holding in Wickham which had been the nursery garden on a country estate. Once settled in Wickham they decided to keep a Jersey house cow and then with a surplus of milk brought in calves and weaner pigs.  They also had chickens, geese, occasionally sheep and again the odd dairy goat or two.

Linda Margaret had lived away for some years but in 1986 she moved back home to help her parents and at that time she and her mother started to increase the number of dairy goats they kept.

In 1988 Linda Marie joined the family when she married Bob and they went on to have two sons [Shane and Kevin].  Due to Bob's work commitments they lived overseas until 1996 when they settled back in Wickham.

Linda Margaret took over the care of the animals from her mother around the mid 1990’s but purely as a hobby.

The meat from the goats, rare breed pigs, and rare breed sheep, and the milk from the goats were at this time for personal use or for friends and family.

In 2006 Linda Margaret was providing livestock to another goat keeper who was selling the meat at Farmers Markets and this carried on for a couple of years.  In 2008 the two Lindas talked about working together and turning what existed into a business and selling the boer goat meat through farmers markets for themselves .  They also wanted to market the produce via the web as they knew of no one else in the Hampshire area providing  this service.

They attended their first Farmers Market at Bishops Waltham, Hampshire in November 2010 followed by one in Romsey in December 2010 and were then booked to do several throughout 2011 in Fareham and Romsey.  In 2012 they started doing Farmers Markets at Alton, Winchester and Elvetham Heath [Fleet], making it up to 6 Farmers Markets a month, all year round except for in August when they take a break during the school holidays  The product range includes all the standard cuts of boer goat meat as well as boer goat meat sausages and boer goat meat burgers aswell as rare breed pork from Middle Whites or Large Blacks.

When the two Linda's decided to try to make boer goat meat burgers and boer goat meat sausages they were unsure how well these would sell.  However, both boer goat meat burgers and boer goat meat sausages have become very popular and are available in various flavours most of which are gluten free. Tasters are always available at the market.

At the start of 2008 the herd consisted mainly of dairy goats with 2 Boer cross goats.  But by October 2010 the herd had built up to 34 breeding female goats with 1 pure bred Boer male [Hercules] to help with upgrading.   During 2009 and 2010, 15 Boer cross and pure bred Boer goats were brought in and in 2010 there were 45 kids born on the farm of varying grades of boer crosses.  The majority of these kids will be used for boer goat meat, but some of the females will be retained for breeding in the 2011 / 2012 winter. 

From March to June 2011 they had 50 kids born on the farm  but sadly lost 4 and then had 23 females and 23 males to bring on for meat or breeding.

In August 2011 they started the breeding cycle again, and started with the 2010 female kids being put with the new male, Samuel, and the first group of older females were put with the original male, Hercules, in September 2011, but sadly they lost some of the "older girls" prior to this.  The last group of 11 females were put with Samuel in late October 2011. The breeding herd for 2011/2012 consisted of 2 pure boer breeding males and 40 breeding females that were a mixture of pure breds and a variety of graded boer goats.

The kidding started on 18/12/11 and continued until 17/06/12 and gave 60 kids.  At the end of 2011 they brought in a batch of male dairy kids ranging from 3 days to 3 weeks old and brought them up for meat to supplement their own meat kids and to try and meet the demand they have for this beautiful, lean and healthy goat meat. 

Sadly at the end of 2011, their second male, Samuel, was killed in an accident, so i
n 2012 they purchased 2 more pure boer males, one of whom is from totally new bloodline to England and is from Dutch Stock.  They continued to bring in batches of male dairy kids to supplement the demand for the meat they sell privately and at the Farmers Markets that they attend.

The three males were put with different batches of females and the kidding started in January 2013


                                                                    October 2010 - Goat kids helping Kevin out and investigating 
                                                                the digger and the dumper truck. Deciding whose turn it is to drive!

We take pride in the standard of care that we provide to all our animals whether we are using them for meat or keeping them for breeding.

Our dairy and boer cross meat goats are reared on grass, supplemented with hay or haylage.  They are also fed a concentrate twice a day which has all the nutrients that they require in the correct quantities.  This special mixture was formulated by a goat nutritionist together with a boer goat breeder and is now produced in a pellet form.  The pellets are small so that it can be used by all the goats from the very young kids before they are weaned, to the goat kids being reared for meat through to the adults being used for breeding .

We use a minimum of antibiotics and chemical wormers and carry out necessary vaccinations through the year.  Our goats are wormed  every three or four months other than when they are pregnant.  We vaccinate all the goats twice a year against Clostridial diseases which are caused by bacteria.  They were also vaccinated against Blue Tongue which is a viral disease caused by insects namely midges, but this is no longer necessary in England.  They have their hooves trimmed approximately every three months but not in the later stages of pregnancy when it is not as safe to have them standing on three legs.

               November 2010 - who needs a balance beam
when you can do it on a log.


                                                                December 2010 - Maple, Forsythia, Kestral, Keria, and Melissa. 
                                                                Filly is just out of the picture and little fellow -the ram lamb is in 
                                                                        the background - all eager to come for food.

We had four breeding ewes and one of  2010's ewe lambs, and two 2011 ewe lambs.  Two of the ewes were purebred Ronaldsay Sheep, the remaining two ewes plus the ewe lambs were Ronaldsay x Soays.

In 2009 we brought in a Southdown Ram lamb who we used on our ewes to provide a better carcass size than the smaller primitive breed.  This provided us with small lambs at birth for easier lambing with less chance of birthing complications but with a good growth rate. But sadly we lost the ram and it left us without a male to breed with.  As we are a closed herd for the goats we were unable to bring in a new male with the same health status which meant we had to make the decision to let the sheep go

                                                                          Maple and Melissa (who looked like a fluffy toothpicks 
                                                                       just the right size for a snack for Mr Fox) - born 17/04/10


                                                                    Aug 2009 -Yip - half way there to being beautiful says Flopsie [Middle White]  
                                                                  having her mudbath with the Saddlebacks. Mud + pigs = Heaven 

Our pigs are free range and live in outdoor arcs.  They have a deep bed of straw and space to root which is one of their favourite pastimes.  A pig can and will turn over soil more quickly and more efficiently than a cultivator given the opportunity. 

The other favourite pastime of a pig is to eat.  Our pigs are fed on a concentrate in the form of pellets which includes all the nutrients and vitamins they need on a daily basis. They also have fruit and vegetables from our own fruit trees and vegetable patch aswell as fruit and vegetables from a family member's green grocer and the pigs are given any surplus goats milk from our herd of goats.  This helps make the meat more tender and succulent.  Our pigs are fed twice a day and it is at this time that we check on them for injuries and to make sure they look healthy and happy and have curly tails.

Pigs are much cleaner than many people imagine, they like to keep different areas separate so they have a straw bed for their sleeping area, another area for food and water and a third area for their toilet.

Pigs love to have fresh straw for their bedding. Clean straw helps to keep the pigs dry and prevents disease build up but the straw also provides material for pigs to play or root around in which leads to greater contentment and therefore higher productivity. A soft bed of straw also helps to prevent the pigs from sustaining injuries.

Pigs are inquisitive and very intelligent animals and respond well to good care and attention. An unhappy pig is unlikely to grow well.

The pigs go to market at different stages - for pork the pig needs to be between 55 and 70 Kg live weight, whereas the bacon pig should be 70 to 100 Kg.  Despite popular belief not all breeds of pig make good bacon or pork pigs.  Some breeds like Saddlebacks, Tamworth, or the Oxford and Sandy will give good bacon and pork but some will give either good bacon like the Large Black for example, or the Middle White for good pork.

                                                                    May 2010 - Bill and Ben eyeing Flopsie from a safe distance 
                                                                                before she chases them again.

                                                                    November 2010 - Pinky and Perky - the two new additions 

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