Welcome to our farm
At Prairie Fire Farm all of our animals have a purpose. Whether protecting the farm, providing an enjoyable trailride, making fiber for a new outfit, producing milk for cheesemaking, or being a companion, we are proud to showcase our animals and endeavors on this website. Thanks for checking out our farm. We hope that you enjoy perusing the pages.
Craig Pierce and Allison Pierce, Owners Prairie Fire Farm
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We purchased our first La Mancha dairy goat, Daphne, from Diana Murphy of Dream Farm. She runs a CSA offering eggs and wonderful chevre. From there we have added lines from the Barnowl, Forrest Pride, Lucky*Star, Raintree, and Striden Hill herds. We breed for a goat that has a proven pedigree of longevity. We breed for a nice long rump with ample width, a smooth clean top line, and a good shoulder assembly with plenty of brisket. We prefer longer teats for hand-milking, and good percentages of fat for cheesemaking. We plan on showing a few of our goats each summer, and this summer reached our goal of getting on milk test and doing linear appraisals.
We have been impressed with the La Mancha breed. They are hardy for our long and cold winters. They have kept up with great production, even as they age. Many people new to goats comment on their tiny gopher ears, which we have found don't suffer frostbite in our bitter cold temperatures. We use their milk to make delicious chevre, feta, and various semi-hard cheeses here at our farm.
We use USDA production records and ADGA linear appraisal information to inform our breeding here at the farm. We breed our does only until the age of ten years, and every birth is attended by a family member. Next year we are planning some exciting new breedings using artificial insemination as well as our own bucks!
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Allison learned to crochet from friends in college, and has loved it ever since. She has created beautiful throws, hats, scarves, shawls, and other works of art. Family and friends keep trying to convice her to open up a shop, but she enjoys creating for those close to her and for special occasions.
Allison loves working with Angora fiber, and it has led to us adding some great rabbits to our farm. With beautiful colors and great staple length, their fiber is fantastic! They have pluckable coats, which means they don't need shaving. Allison is so efficient at the spinning wheel that we have added several more bunnies this year. They live in a combination of generously sized hutches as well as in colonies. Not only do they provide great fiber, but the girls love playing with them and petting them too!
See these adorable rabbits here
Allison grew up near Rochester showing Horses in 4H. From her beginnings with a pony she quickly advanced, and after attending a camp with Candy Hirsch grew enamored with Morgans. She travelled the circuit showing her Morgan, Brandy, eventually making it on to Morgan Nationals competition. She also spent several years on a successful horse judging team, travelling the country to attend shows during her teenage years. Brandy was sold when Allison went to college, but as soon as we got engaged we were shopping for a Morgan.
We looked to solid working western and successful show lines with Wisconsin bred "Tolif's Thymeless Tiki," aka Winifred. She possessed the solid Funquest lines with beautiful floaty trots, and was linebred on the incomperable Flyhawk. We now have her home-bred son, "Man On The Moon," who was born under a full moon. We have since added Patrick, an outstanding youth mount with years of experience.
We are glad to have our Morgans around to admire and enjoy. The girls have entered several local shows, and Allison has spent the past several seasons jumping with Greta. Our other boy, TTE Tea Time was purchased and is being shown by Suzy Stafford. He was successful in winning the Live Oak CDE in 2014.
We are glad to share our Morgans with you here.