About Us
Lucky Run Farm is owned and operated by the Kirby family.  We raise Purebred ADGA Registered Nubian Dairy Goats.  We also have horses, dogs, cats and chickens.  We raise meat chickens, turkeys, pigs and occasionally a steer during the summer.
We are not new to farming but we relocated in 2015 and are still in the process of setting up our new facilities.  It's an ongoing project.

Our farm is a hobby farm, we do this for our enjoyment and the love of our animals. We are located in Standish, which is in southern Maine/the Greater Portland Area.  We were lucky to find the property when we moved to the area. It was on the market to be sub-divided and developed.  It's a wonderful piece of country close to the city.

We feel strongly about raising our own meat, it's our way to fight back against the horror of factory farming.  We know our animals have had the best life we can provide them.  They have been treated with kindness and affection their whole lives.  They have been raised in a clean, spacious environment and eaten a healthy diet.  While feeding our animals organically was cost prohibitive, we still use organic and holistic methods as much as possible.  Our animals are vaccinated and we utilize traditional medications or antibiotics when needed.  We prefer to try organic or natural alternatives first.

Growing our own fruits and vegetables allows us to avoid the chemicals often found in store bought produce.  Home grown is more nutritious and it's impossible to get any fresher! We like knowing that the food we eat is naturally grown and chemical free.

Eat local, buy local!

Goats
I brought home my first goats in 2014, two does from Ram’s Farm bloodlines, Nutmeg and Chicory.  That was the beginning of my goat addiction.
When I first started looking for goats to purchase I knew that I would eventually want to show them.  I wanted quality animals that were purebred and registered.  I chose the Nubian breed for many reasons.  I was initially drawn to the breed because they are dual purpose with high quality milk and meat.  That was important to my farm plans.  I also love their appearance, those long droopy ears and roman nose are impossible to resist.  Plus they come in every imaginable color.  Nubian milk is sweet, creamy and makes wonderful cheese.
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In 2018 we competed in our first show and I am officially hooked!  My breeding program is aimed towards raising show quality dairy goats that produce high quality and volume milk while still maintaining the large size for meat production.  Soundness, health and hardiness are priorities.  Temperament is also very important to me since my goats are pets! 

In 2019 we became an ADGA Plus Member, participating in Linear Appraisal and DHIR.  We are excited to see the improvements this will bring to our herd.

About Me

My name is Dawn Kirby, my parents and I own and manage Lucky Run Farm.  I have a BS in Animal and Veterinary Science from the University of Maine.  I grew up around animals and was an active 4-H member for most of my childhood and teens.  I have always loved training, showing and breeding  horses and dogs.  Now, goats are my passion too. 
Virtual Farm Tour

We relocated to Standish in 2015.  The farm is an ongoing project and we have lots of plans for the future!

If you would like to have a real farm tour, visitors are always welcome by appointment.

Our farm is situated on almost 20 acres of land.  It is fenced and cross fenced to allow for pasture rotation throughout the summer.  The pastures are brush hogged and mowed regularly, dragged to break up manure clumps and fertilized with composted manure.  We utilize generously sized paddocks (sacrafice areas) in order to protect our pastures during times when pasture is too wet or not growing fast enough.  Our pastures supplement our animals diets and provide them with plenty of space to exercise and socialize.
Our raised bed gardens grow plenty of fresh vegetables to enjoy and share.  We have an apple tree, blueberry bushes and strawberry plants that produce an abundance of fresh fruit.  We utilize primarily organic methods in our gardening.​
  1. Goat Shed
    Goat Shed
    The shed is 8x12 with a large attached paddock. It was originally purchased to house our bucks. They moved into the small barn and the shed is now used for storage when it's not needed for goat housing.
  2. Main Barn
    Main Barn
    The main barn was built in the summer of 2015. It was originally designed for horses with seven stalls, two tack rooms, a grain room and a hay loft over all. Four of the stalls have been reconfigured for the goats and one tack room is now a milking parlor.
  3. Small Barn
    Small Barn
    The 20'x30' cow barn was completed in 2016. When our family cow passed away it became our new buck barn. Our bucks are housed separately in order to prevent milk contamination, unplanned breedings and general smelliness.
  4. Chicken Coops
    Chicken Coops
    We have several chicken coops. Three coops are situated close to the house. One for our laying hens, one for broody hens raising chicks and the last one is winter housing for the "pasture chickens."
  5. Pasture Coop
    Pasture Coop
    Affectionately called the Frankenstein coop, it is made from repurposed materials and located in the middle of our pastures. Most of the coop is used to house our meat chickens. A small area is for our flock of "pasture chickens" used for tick control.
  6. Turkey Coop
    Turkey Coop
    Our turkey coop is built on a small trailer. We use poultry net fencing with a solar charger. This allows us to easily move the turkeys from pasture to pasture throughout the summer.
  7. Pig Shelter
    Pig Shelter
    The pig shelter is an old 3 sided horse run-in shed. It is attached to a paddock with a wallow that opens into a 3 acre mixed vegetation pasture.
  8. Riding Arena
    Riding Arena
    In 2017 a large outdoor riding arena was constructed. We also have a 60' round pen in front of the barn.
  9. Milking Parlor
    Milking Parlor
    Our milk room started as a heated tack room in the main barn. In 2018 we remodeled our kitchen so the old cabinets and counters were repurposed for the milk room. In 2019 we hooked up hot and cold water for the sink and wash tub.