Welcome to the Hops N Lops dairy goats and rabbits website. We are a small herd in the beautiful hills of Litchfield County in Harwinton, Connecticut.
Like many other herds, mine started in 2006 as a 4-H project when I was nine years old. Growing up, my rabbits and goats were, and still are, a big part of my life. It all began when I purchased a five dollar guinea pig at a local fair and joined the local rabbit 4-H club but it wasn't long until I found my way into the dairy goat world too.
Over the last ten years I have continued to learn and improve my herd one step at a time. In 2015 I became a licensed American Dairy Goat Association judge and a American Rabbit Breeders Association registrar, the first step to becoming a judge. I have also started a dairy goat focused 4-H club in Litchfield County hoping to help future generations of dairy goat admirers and breeders.
The rabbitry has seen many breeds throughout the years but nothing compares to the English Lops. Having started with a pet English Lop it took a while before we realized we wanted to focus with this breed. We have previously bred nationally competitive Belgian Hares and Velveteen Lops but with my schedule causing me to be away so frequently I made the hard choice to downsize to one breed. With this we have been even more selective which has been a positive impact for our herd. While we don't show as much as we used to at local shows we try to attend the National Convention, PaSRBA and OSRBA as many year as possible along with a few local shows.
In 2009 the dairy goats came along and our herd has grown by leaps and bounds since the start. Our Nubian herd started from a doe purchased from a local 4-H herd, by using the best genetics and management possible in just a few generations we have gone from the end of a 4-H show class to the top ten of a National Show class. We have been participating in linear appraisal since 2014 and ADGA Plus herd in 2017 which will add DHIR and DNA testing.
After many years of having our goat herd off site, summer of 2017 we will be moving to Harwinton, CT where we can have both our rabbits and goats on the same property as us. We're excited for the opportunity we have to expand our goat herd as well as have a new excellent area for the rabbits! Please excuse our delays in responses and website updates as we prepare to move and get everything ready for the animals over the summer. We're excited to share more information with everyone as we get closer.
We thank you for your interest in our herd and we hope to hear from you. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Proud Members of...
American Rabbit Breeders Association