Six Generation Beef to First Generation Goats

Although we want to do it all, we female farmers have a hard time trying to place more eggs in our basket when it comes to our own farming operation. In other words, we tend to spread ourselves a little thin when taking on more responsibility on the farm. Darcy Lipskey came pretty close to conquering various different animal operations in her upbringing. She grew up on her family’s beef feedlot and cash crop farm as the sixth generation family member of their growing operation. Growing up alongside her father and grandfather’s feedlot, she started her own Angus cow/calf operation. Ultimately leading into starting her own goat farm, Lipskey jumped over a few hurdles to get to where she is now.

Not Playing Second Fiddle

Although Lipskey loved being close with her family members, she didn’t want to play second fiddle. She wanted to raise her own stock on her own operation. She became actively involved with 4-H and FFA to further her education. While taking active leadership roles in both organizations, Lipskey worked to participate in public speaking and judging event contests – shaping who she is today. Lipskey studied crop and soil sciences while serving the Michigan FFA Association as a state FFA officer her freshman year of college at Michigan State University.

With the goal and dream in mind of becoming an agronomist, Lipskey is now employeed with Star of the West Milling Company as an agronomy consultant. She works in the local community by serving as a board member for their small livestock association at the county fair, remains an active FFA alumnus, and takes on the township clerk position for her township. In any free time she has, she works with her family farm, tending to dry edible beans, wheat, corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. 

Beef to Goat

Lipskey has a large background in beef steers (family owning 400 steers) but that did not keep her away from getting involved in the boer goat industry. In 2015, a young girl in her 4-H club approached her, asking who might be able to find her a good goat to show at the fair. She quickly realized that most of the goat breeders she knew were sold out or had already created a wait list for interested purchasers. After wait lists and calls, she was finally able to find this young girl a goat.

“I didn’t know much about them [goats] other than what the breeder was helping me with to get her started. Fair week came and she did really well…Grand Campion well! So she decided that she wanted to do it again – can’t say that I blamed her,” Lipskey said.

Since the connection was already made with her goat-breeder in 2015, Lipskey thought “why not” when the next year came around and her own goat farm was suggested. “What is it going to take to raise my own goat herd?” and “how do I go about kidding?” are two of the many questions she had when starting this process. After one visit to her breeder, she came home with four ladies that would start her herd and another goat for her young 4-H club member. 

Lipskey’s kidding started shortly after (this past winter), with a goal to add them to her already-attained well-rounded farm. She understands the need in the area for 4-H and FFA members to be able to access quality boer goats for exhibiting at county and state level shows. Lipskey has a passion for family, expanding her own operation and helping the community she resides.

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