Meet Dewey and Nancy Powell of Ross Township. The Powells raise miniature meat goats on a small farm on Layhigh Road. Dry Run Acres Pygmy goat herd started as a 4-H project for their son Joe and his best friend Nate in the early 1990s. As the boys grew – so did the herd, and Dewey laughs when he says “It’s a 4-H project that got out of hand!”
The pygmy goat makes an excellent 4-H project because the children get to care for a livestock project without the usual terminal end to the project. Pygmy goats can be shown year after year and many kids show the same goat their whole 4-H career. We are so proud that over 50 of the pygmy goats at the Butler County Fair this year were from our little herd and there were goats shown from our herd in several other Ohio and Indiana counties.
Retired from the Butler County Auditor’s Office in 2005, now Nancy can work on the pygmy goat farm full-time. “A bad day on the farm is better than a good day at the office.” I am delighted to get to show folks just how much fun it is to raise goats; there is work to do but it is a labor of love for me.