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Southern Touch Farm, LLC

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Welcome to Southern Touch Farm. We are located in Central Mississippi and have lived here since 1987 raising dairy goats and other species of livestock. Our house at dusk
(Our house at dusk)

My husband and I chose to educate all three of our children at home. Proudly, all are now successful young adults “making their own way in the world." Over the years our interests have been varied but we never veered from our dedicated commitment to “raise up” our children to love and honor GOD and to believe in Jesus Christ as LORD and SAVIOR of their lives. We also taught them to respect their fellow man and to have pride in the fact that they are Americans because of the freedom it offers to them and that this freedom was paid for by the sacrifice of many. We believe our chosen “back-to-the-country” lifestyle proved itself to be the perfect “tool” for the teaching of these ideals.

Animals have always been a part of our lives. Our primary interest and continued goal has been in raising show quality dairy goats. Of course, we enjoy other species of animals as well. We have a Jersey cow, a Miniature horse, chickens and a few retired registered show quality Mini Rex rabbits. We have pet dogs, African Ringneck doves, and too many cats (but that’s only because it is hard for me to turn away a cat in need). You will also see we have Great Pyrenees Livestock Guardian dogs.

I hope you will stay at our website and visit the various places we have here for 
you to see. If we can answer any questions or be of any help to you after visiting 
with us, please be in touch. 

Chickens and Eggs

Chicken We produce fresh brown and green
eggs from our flock of chickens.

Great Pyrenees Livestock Guardian Dogs

It was in 1987 that I lost my small herd of dairy goats to a 13 member dog pack attack. Those dogs got all of my chickens too, of course. This was a horrible experience and one that I determined would never happen to me again. I thought, at the time, that I was simply not going to keep goats as part of our small farm operation. Then, I found out about Livestock Guardian Dogs. What new hope I had. I read, researched, studied and ventured forth to find my first Great Pyrenees Livestock Guardian Dog.

It didn’t take me long to find our first little puppy – a five week old female we named Grace. Over the years, Grace proved herself to be invaluable. How we loved that dog. We later purchased a huge, gorgeous male that we named Judgment and call “Judge.” These two gave us three litters of puppies over the years. We retired Grace and after a short span of dealing with cancer, she died in 2002.

Emma and her pups
We no longer breed Pyrenees puppies for sale.

We then got a new female to help out our aging Judge and we named her Emma. Emma and Judge produced one litter of puppies for us at the end of 2004. You can see Emma and a few of the 12 puppies she raised in this picture. We have retained a male and a female pup from this breeding and they are working beautifully beside their sire and dam. I couldn’t live without a Great Pyrenees. It is hard for me to realize we have been in the midst of these fantastic dogs for over ten years now. We are so blessed !!!

Our Jersey Cow

Visit our Miniature Jersey Cows on Sarah's Blog

“I love a Jersey Cow. I suppose it’s their eyes that make me love them. You all know we had a cow when I was a girl………”

I heard my sweet momma say these words more than once in my life. I had many years of hearing the stories from my momma’s childhood. Some were of when she and her brothers and sisters were responsible for the chores of milking the cow, tending the chickens, and other events from the days of the depression. I would listen and try to imagine what it might have been like to live during those times.

In later years, I remember Momma going to “get fresh cow’s milk” and how much she enjoyed the raw milk and buttermilk “every once in a while.” Otherwise, I don’t remember that Momma ever drank milk.

Ignacio Eva of GlorylandThe day after Christmas in 2001, we lost my sweet Momma very unexpectedly and then, late in 2003, I found Eva and I just couldn’t resist the temptation of having her come to live with us. I call it “my Momma thing I did.” I can’t look at Eva without enjoying thoughts of wonderful times spent with my Mother as she told us girls her life stories.

Here is what we have found out about “Eva, the Cow” after we got her home with us:

Registered Name: Ignacio Eva of Gloryland
Farm Call Name: "Eva"
DOB: 5/3/00
Eva is registered with the American Jersey Cattle Association

Eva's great grand dam (SDD) is the infamous Duncan Belle who is first on the Jersey Cow "Great Cow List." She has an appraisal score of Excellent - 92%. Duncan Belle has a lifetime production of 101,402 lbs of milk with 5,626 lbs. fat and 4,306 lbs. protein with an average daily production of 48.3 lbs. milk, 2.7 lbs. fat and 2.1 lbs. protein.

Duncan Belle was the Reserve National Grand Champion in 1993 at the All American Jersey Show. She was Grand Champion of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 1992 and 1993. She is a 12 Star Brood Cow in Canada.

Bet my Momma would love this cow!!

We are using an AI breeding program with Eva. We are blessed to have a dairyman living near us who has been more than willing to help AI Eva. Thank you, Bob Robinson, for your more than capable help given to us in getting Eva bred and for your giving spirit and continued help in maintaining the health of our sweet Jersey cow, Eva.

Eva’s first breeding date here at Southern Touch Farm was on May 16, 2005, to Sunset Canyon Matrix – P – ET who is a son of ISDK FYN Lemvig. We were so excited to hear from the vet the following July that she had indeed settled. In February of 2006, we witness the thankfully uneventful birth of a bull calf. Eva did a great job!! We took the little bull away from her and settled him down providing him with his first bottle of colostrum we had waiting for him. What fun it was to raise Renegade, our first calf. We have included some pictures of Renegade for you to see what a nice looking fella he turned out to be. Renegade moved to Southern Alabama as a bottle calf.

Renegade – first “bottle”
Renegade – first “bottle”
Renegade “Outside” for the first time
Renegade “Outside” for the first time
After a bit of time passed, we began to let Renegade spend time with his momma in her pasture during the day hours. He tried to bum a sip or two from her but she didn’t appreciate it and would not allow this practice to begin. He was a “bull-headed” little cuss. No matter how much we pulled on him, he wouldn’t budge from his stall until he had his breakfast. Each evening he was always eagerly awaiting the return to his stall so he could get his dinner of fresh cow milk blended with fresh goat milk that was all still warm from the udder. Renegade liked his stall very much, I think, because it signified complete contentment.

We enjoyed our daily milking regime with Eva during her first lactation which was fairly prosperous. We were very pleased to see how well she took to her new duty of supplying us with her milk. She never had to have her legs hobbled and was more accommodating than we ever anticipated she would be for us. We are so blessed to have her!

Miss Eva has moved to a nearby farm where she is well loved and tended by friends. She owns a place in our hearts and on our website.

Susan Fitts Davis and Family
Brandon, Mississippi
Email: info@southerntouchfarm.com

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