- The Hahn Family of Fresno operates TayRae Farm on County Road 93 with 52 acres of hay and 283 goats.
- They breed show goats and livestock, but primarily focus on meat goats, which are sold to various ethnic groups, where eating goat is more common than Americans.
- The Hahns are holding off on a 60-foot warehouse expansion until spring, though inflation and supply chain issues haven’t affected them much.
- Travis and Myndee Hahn said they most enjoy working on the farm with their daughters, Kiley and Taylor, who have taken over the behind-the-scenes operations.
FRESNO – A few years ago, buying a few goats from a neighbor became a family affair for TayRae Farm on County Road 93 in Fresno.
Travis and Myndee Hahn run the 52-acre farm with their daughters, Taylor, 14, and Kiley, 15. Travis said the girls play an important role in running the business, as they not only help look after the goats, but also look after them. stage operations.
Travis proudly said, “Two years ago I had an accident and since then they’ve run the breeding program, the computer system; they’ve slowly started to take over.” “Before school, they’re at my place every morning at 4:30 and we do our laps, and after school, their sports or whatever, we do something together every night. It’s just the ability to come together. It’s something I’m still working on. , but it’s fun to work with your family.”
Teens take goats to the Coshocton County Fair and go to other goat shows outside of the area. The Hahns also recently hosted a goat show at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds with 614 entries from 11 different states.
Kiley said preparing for shows is one of her favorite things to do. He also enjoys meeting new customers who buy from them.
The girls started the farm first, as a neighbor gave Travis and Myndee two goats for the girls to raise. He who possesses 283 blossoms upon them. On the reproductive side, they carry out embryo transfers and laparoscopic artificial insemination. They also grow weed for personal use.
The main part of the business is meat goats; they don’t have dairy goats. According to Travis, they rotate the goats through seven different pastures to help combat parasites, the goats’ number one killer.
“We were kind of playing with it before, but about 10 years ago we said, ‘If we’re going to do it, let’s do it right,'” he said. “The initial attraction was that it was something for the kids, I didn’t have to worry too much about them. Then, two, we could put more head per acre. Typically, one cow is one to two head per acre. Goats, you are talking about 15-20 per hectare.”
Travis said there isn’t much demand for meat goats in the United States. Usually they sell to larger cities like Pittsburgh and Cleveland with pockets of international population. The largest buyers of meat goats are the Middle East, India, Mexico and Guatemala. The main times of the year for sales are around the holidays when it is traditional to eat goat.
Each ethnicity, the Hahns discovered, has a certain weight of goat they like. Indians do not like a piece larger than three pounds, which means that the goat should not exceed 40 kilograms. Others like goats that are about twice their size.
“Most Americans, if they’re eating goat, like between 85 and 100 (pounds). We like the big ones,” Travis said with a laugh. Advances in breeding technology have shortened the time frame for breeding goats. It used to take seven to nine months to get a goat of marketable weight, but now it only takes three to five months. When they started, all records were done with pen and paper, but now they use computer systems that make it easy to process the necessary data through iPads and phones.
“We’re breeding for a better genetic line,” he said. “We have more turnover, which obviously affects your bottom dollar.”
The current situation
Travis said the recent spike in inflation and supply chain issues hasn’t affected sales. But it hurt them on the farm. Several times it was difficult to get the necessary feed and medicine. The family is holding off on a planned 60-foot barn expansion until spring. He said they are working with the USDA on possible grants and loans for the project.
“The goat industry isn’t really big in Ohio. It’s big in Lower Texas and the south. There are other goat farms here, but nothing of the size,” Travis said.
The Hahns also help with the education component by working with local 4-H clubs, FFA and vocational schools. They have a working relationship with Kent State University and also offer on-site workshops to students. The warehouse expansion will include a medical facility for traveling vets and a training center for visiting students.
“There’s definitely more to come,” Travis said.
For more information on TayRae Farm, visit her Facebook page.
Leonard Hayhurst is the community content coordinator and general news reporter for the Coshocton Tribune, with 15 years of local journalism experience and multiple Ohio Associated Press awards. He can be reached at 740-295-3417 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @llhayhurst.