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FAQ

Why don’t some of the goats have ears

In this picture, Ruby Saratoga has tiny little ears because she is a LaMancha goat. LaManchas are naturally born with “gopher ears” (less than 1 inch long).

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Princess Ruby is a LaMancha and has gopher ears!

Are predators dangerous for the goats?

In addition to moving the goats to their barn every night at dusk, we have two livestock guardian llamas, Broadway Baby and Hawthorn Hazel. Guard llamas may defend against predators in many ways. Llamas are instinctively alert and aware of their surroundings, and may draw attention to an intruder by making a startling alarm call. They may walk or run toward an intruder, and chase, paw at, or kick it. Some llamas may herd the animals they are guarding into a tight group or lead them away from danger and to the spot where they may feel the safest. Others may stand apart from the group and watch the intruder. Although llamas have been known to kill predators (such as coyotes), they are not considered to be attack animals. In the US, guard llamas have been most common in ranches located in western regions, where larger predators, such as the coyote, have been more prevalent.

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Baby Broadway and Hawthorn Hazel

Where do the llamas live?

We have two llamas guarding the goats. They live with the goats all the time — they even cuddle with the goats in the barn at night.

Can I visit the goats?

Please see our Visiting Hours page for more information.  For your safety and the goats safety, please do not visit, approach, feed, or pet the animals outside of scheduled visiting hours.  

Can I volunteer?

Yes! Please contact Taber Ward, at taber@mountainflowerdairy.com. We always need extra hands!Maddy and snap

Do you have field trips, birthday parties, or group visits?

We are happy to host school field trips, summer camps, or other group tours on the farm. Please contact Taber, at taber@mountainflowerdairy.com, for more information.

Who owns the property?

Mountain Flower Urban Goat Dairy leases the property from Long’s Gardens, a 25-acre farm in the heart of Boulder. Even though the property is privately owned, the landowners graciously open portions of their property (Growing Gardens and the bike path bisecting the property) to the public. They are continuing this trend by allowing Mountain Flower to invite the public onto the property during scheduled visiting hours. The landowners have a deep commitment to urban, sustainable agriculture and are working to protect the property as agriculture forever. If you are interested in these conservation efforts, please contact Peter Mayer at Friends of Long’s Gardens for more information at peter.mayer@waterdm.com.

Catherine & Dennis

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