LAKE NORDEN, S.D. — Jacob and Sara Ebbers own and operate Twisted E Show Goats, located in Lake Norden. They specialize in offering sound show wethers and market does. Twisted E utilizes embryo transfer to help build their herd’s overall genetic quality.
“The big part in using ET is it just makes the goats better. If we can take our top end of our does and instead of getting one or two babies a year we can get five to 10 babies a year, out of that top end they are just better quality," Jacob Ebbers said. "We can increase our doe base with the genetics that we want, if we find a doe that really works, we can flush her and maybe get five daughters. Then, we can throw five daughters back into the flock next year.”
“Just the progression you can get, we can get better, faster, quicker,” Ebbers said.
The Ebbers started their operation in 2016 with 11 does, but have grown exponentially in the last five years, now kidding out around 45 does. Their offspring are sold to 4-H and FFA members, their show wether and market does excelling in the show arena.
Twisted E kids out anywhere from 45 to 80 kids during their kidding season. They sell their offspring through private treaty and consignment sales, as well as online sales.
While goats are not as prevalent in the Dakotas as cattle, they are growing in popularity. The species’ size makes them easier to manage and also cuts down on overall production costs.
“I grew up on a cattle farm and so having the goats here, they’re easier to manage. The size is good, feeding expenses and all of that are smaller because they are a smaller animal,” Sara Ebbers said.
However, like many, the Ebbers see the similarities between show steers and show wethers.
Moving forward, Twisted E hopes to continue to offer premium genetics and sound animals to their customers.
“Hopefully we keep making better animals. The goal of it is not always quantity, but quality. We want our customers to have success in the show ring,” Jacob Ebbers said.