Prodigal Farm is owned and operated by Kat Spann and David Krabbe. The farm raises and milks goats to produce artisanal soft and hard cheeses that have won national recognition.
Currently, the farmers raise their goats on pasture as well as in areas that are partially wooded. In order to reduce the risk of parasite outbreaks, a principal concern in pasture-based goat dairy operations, Prodigal Farm institutes pasture rotation, high grazing, and other cultural practices that are successful in reducing risk of parasites on the farm.
Native plants like Sericea lespedeza and black locust are scientifically proven to improve herd health because they contain natural anti-parasitic agents. This year, the farmers plan to purchase and seed these and other native plants into their pastures to improve herd health, and, hopefully, increase milk yields.