On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll meet Leslie Svacina who owns and runs Cylon Rolling Acres, a grass-based livestock farm near Deer Park in Western Wisconsin. Leslie, with the help of her husband Scott and their two kiddos raise Boer-Kiko cross goats for meat on pasture.
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Leslie Svacina owns and runs Cylon Rolling Acres, a grass-based livestock farm near Deer Park in Western Wisconsin, about an hour west of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Leslie runs the farm with the help of her husband Scott and their two young children.
She raises Boer-Kiko cross goats for meat on pasture. During most of the year the goats are rotationally grazed on their 140-acre farm. Today Leslie’s herd includes about 40-50 breeding stock and is still growing.
Leslie and Scott purchased the farm in 2011 and spent the first few years building new fence, putting in seasonal water line, installing animal walkways, and updating the tired outbuildings and farmhouse on the retired dairy farm. Later Leslie purchased her foundation herd of Boer goats and has been growing the herd ever since.
She’s often asked, “Why goats?” When Leslie was looking at different farming opportunities, she discovered there is a growing demand for goat meat in her region because of the area’s changing cultural make up. Goat meat can also be challenging to find in the grocery store and if it can be found, it’s likely imported from thousands of miles away. The majority of goat meat sold retail in the U.S. is from Australia. Leslie wanted to be able to help families be able to more easily have goat meat on the menu at family celebrations or even as a regular meal option.
Leslie also loves to share her passion for raising meat goats and grazing through social media (@cylonrollingacres on both Instagram and Facebook), blogging (www.cylonrollingacres.com/farm-blog) and giving workshops and presentations on related topics.
For more information about her farm, how she’s raising her goats on pasture or to order goat meat, visit www.cylonrollingacres.com. Meat can be purchased online for on farm pick up, and in the very near future, shipped to your door in the lower 48-states.
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