Eco-friendly goats and Celebrate Maryland Flower Show

By Prosperity Acres On March 7th, 2015


Have you thought about hiring goats to clean up your unwanted vegetation but haven’t quite made the decision to move forward.  Come see Green Goats and meet the staff at the 2015 Celebrate Maryland Flower Show at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, MD March 14-15 and March 21-22 from 11-4 each day.  Speak with our friendly and knowledgeable staff to learn how hiring our eco-friendly landscapers could be the right choice for your property.

Green Goats love poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, multi-flora rose and various other invasive plants that are hard for you to get to.  They are extremely efficient and fun to watch.

Visit our page Green Goats to learn more about our goats and how to hire them. To get all the details about the Celebrate Maryland Flower Show walking through Maryland Agriculture from the Eastern Shore to the Western Shore visit Homestead Gardens.

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    Sure Champ Horse

    By Prosperity Acres On November 24th, 2014

    November 15, 2014 was the BEST Horse Show Series awards banquet for the Spring/Summer 2014 shows.  We are so proud to announce that Jacqueline and Hakuna Matata were champion 2.3 ft and OTTB 2.6ft jumpers.

    We attribute so much of their success to Jacqueline’s hard work and commitment to her riding and to Sure Champ Horse by Vitaferm.  Hakuna has come a long way since we adopted him as an Off the Track Thoroughbred in June of 2012.  He was skinny, sad looking eyes and starving for nourishment from his feed.  We have used Vitaferm Sure Champ on our cattle and goats for 6 years now and knew we need to put Hakuna on the product as well.

    Hakuna’s farrier says it is unheard of to see OTTB’s with great feet and yet Hakuna does.  We attribute that also to the Sure Champ as it is a product that enhances the good flora in the intestine’s so that the animal absorbs all the nutrients they need from their feed.  We truly believe in Sure Champ that with all our animals whether horses or the cattle or goats that we receive better results in the show ring because of it.




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      Invasive Plants

      By Prosperity Acres On August 14th, 2014

      According to the USDA Invasive Plants are introduced species that can thrive in areas beyond their natural range of dispersal. These plants are characteristically adaptable, aggressive, and have a high reproductive capacity. Their vigor combined with a lack of natural enemies often leads to outbreak populations.  That is where Eco-friendly Green Goats come in.  Your property can become a jungle from invasive species, but it doesn’t have to.  Herbicides are dangerous to the environment and have negative lasting effects.  Having heavy equipment come in and take it all out is not the answer either.  When you do that, that company takes the debris to a landfill and dumps it, then the landfill shreds it for mulch, you then go to the landfill to get free mulch, you then spread the free mulch and once again have invasive species growing on your property.  When goats eat the invasives they don’t spread the plants in their manure, the enzymes in their intestines breaks them down and they don’t spread again.  Think Green and hire goats.


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        Vitamins and Minerals are important

        By Prosperity Acres On August 7th, 2014

        Animals bodies are like humans in that that they need vitamins and trace minerals just like we do for the same reasons such as these, body produces skin, muscle, and bone. It churns out rich red blood that carries nutrients and oxygen to remote outposts, and it sends nerve signals skipping along thousands of miles of brain and body pathways. It also formulates chemical messengers that shuttle from one organ to another, issuing the instructions that help sustain our livestock and equines lives.

        Vitamins and minerals are considered essential nutrients—because acting in concert, they perform hundreds of roles in the body. They help shore up bones, heal wounds, and bolster the immune system. They also convert food into energy, and repair cellular damage.

        But trying to keep track of what all these vitamins and minerals do can be confusing. Read enough articles on the topic, and your eyes may swim with the alphabet-soup references to these nutrients, which are known mainly be their initials (such as vitamins A,B,C,D,E, and K—to name just a few).

        A lack of key micronutrients can cause harm to the body, getting sufficient quantities can provide a substantial benefit. Some examples of these benefits:

        • Strong bones. A combination of calcium, vitamin D, vitamin K, magnesium, and phosphorus protects your bones against fractures.
        • Prevents birth defects. Taking folic acid supplements early in pregnancy helps prevent brain and spinal birth defects in offspring.

        The difference between vitamins and minerals

        Although they are all considered micronutrients, vitamins and minerals differ in basic ways. Vitamins are organic and can be broken down by heat, air, or acid. Minerals are inorganic and hold on to their chemical structure.

        So why does this matter? It means the minerals in soil and water easily find their way into our animals bodies through the plants and water they consume.

        Interacting—in good ways and bad

        Many micronutrients interact. Vitamin D enables the body to pluck calcium from food sources passing through the digestive tract rather than harvesting it from the bones. Vitamin C helps absorb iron.

        The interplay of micronutrients isn’t always cooperative, however. For example, vitamin C blocks the body’s ability to assimilate the essential mineral copper. And even a minor overload of the mineral manganese can worsen iron deficiency.

        A closer look at water-soluble vitamins

        Water-soluble vitamins are packed into the watery portions of the foods our animals eat. They are absorbed directly into the bloodstream as food is broken down during digestion or as a supplement dissolves.

        Because much of the body consists of water, many of the water-soluble vitamins circulate easily in the body.  The kidneys continuously regulate levels of water-soluble vitamins, shunting excesses out of the body through the urine.

        Although water-soluble vitamins have many tasks in the body, one of the most important is helping to free the energy found in the food diet we feed our animals. Others help keep tissues healthy. Here are some examples of how different vitamins help you maintain health:

        • Release energy. Several B vitamins are key components of certain coenzymes (molecules that aid enzymes) that help release energy from food.
        • Produce energy. Thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, and biotin engage in energy production.
        • Build proteins and cells. Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid metabolize amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) and help cells multiply.
        • Make collagen. One of many roles played by vitamin C is to help make collagen, which knits together wounds, supports blood vessel walls, and forms a base for teeth and bones.

        Trace minerals carry out a diverse set of tasks. Here are a few examples:

        • Iron is best known for carrying oxygen throughout the body.
        • Zinc helps blood clot, is essential for taste and smell, and bolsters the immune response.
        • Copper helps form several enzymes, one of which assists with iron metabolism and the creation of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood.

        The other trace minerals perform equally vital jobs, such as helping to block damage to body cells and forming parts of key enzymes or enhancing their activity.  We all try our best when it comes to raising our animals on pasture to grow what is needed for them, but not all vitamins and trace minerals reach the levels our animals need in their forage.  Even if we are raising a herd that is out on pasture and not hand fed daily they should at a minimum receive a tub of vitamins and trace minerals in a feeder for them.  This is especially true for the farms/ranches that operate Momma animals.  The momma’s need to support not only themselves but their offspring.

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          rent a goat

          By Prosperity Acres On August 5th, 2014

          Have you ever wondered about renting a goat to eat your unwanted vegetation?  You may have wondered why would I want to rent a goat?  How much does it cost, how do you hire them, who do you call, how much can they eat?  Will they eat what I don’t want them to eat?

          All of these are normal questions when considering hiring goats to eat your unwanted vegetation.  The best way to decide if hiring goats to eat your unwanted vegetation is to have an onsite evaluation of your property.  A determination needs to be made how big of an area needs to be cleaned, how dense the area is, how much fencing needs to be put up and how many goats it will take to clean the area.

          Goats eat 1/3 of the day, rest a 1/3 of the day, and ruminate 1/3 of the day.  The bigger the goats the more they can eat in a given day.  It has to be determined that there are not any poisonous plants to the goats in the area that you want cleaned.  It also has to be determined how much work is involved in setting up the fencing.  The goats must be kept in a temporary electric fencing, this keep predators from bothering the goats and keeps the goats in the location that you want them.  They can not be tied to a stake or a block with a rope around their neck to contain them.  The herdsman also will check on the goats while on your property to monitor the eat of unwanted vegetation.

          You are also provided with organic fertilizer left on the property free of charge.  When the goats leave the job the fencing and things goat leave with them.  You are left with a clear lot and happy fat goats.


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