We are Sara and Carl Davis. We both grew up raising a variety of animals on small dairy farms in rural Massachusetts and have raised livestock for most of our lives. Together, we founded Oak Hollow Livestock in 2006 in North Central Massachusetts. A decade later, we relocated to Western Massachusetts, finally settling in Shelburne in 2019. Our small farm is situated on the North side of the Deerfield River and only a short way from the well-known Bridge of Flowers and Glacial Potholes in Shelburne Falls.
I have raised livestock and poultry for as long as I can remember, beginning at an early age with an enterprise aptly named "Sara's Quackers" where, with the support of my family, I raised a wide assortment of waterfowl. Within a few years, I began raising a variety of rabbits that I exhibited very successfully at local fairs.
I spent my leisure time during my second decade almost exclusively on the back of a horse on the vast network of trails and rural roads in Western Massachusetts. When I wasn't riding, I was often training or exhibiting our family's llamas all the way up to the National level. I also enjoyed spending time with the Jersey cows on our small dairy farm.
Early on, I had set my sights on becoming a large animal veterinarian. I worked with several practicing veterinarians as well as in a local animal shelter. In high school, I was named the most scientifically promising graduating senior and was one of only seven students accepted into the the accelerated BS/DVM program through Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine. For many reasons, I decided not to complete that program, instead graduating from UMass with a BS in Animal Science with a Pre-Veterinary concentration.
I began my adventure with goats as a teenager, when I acquired two bottle baby Oberhasli cross goats against my family's better judgement. I then discovered Boer goats in the late 90's and quickly became the President of the Student Run Boer Goat Herd at UMass, while also building my own off-campus breeding program. I have been an active member of the Boer goat community, serving as a director in the American Boer Goat Association for over a decade, where I did my best to represent the needs of the American Boer goat industry as well as hundreds of the members in the Northeastern US.
I am the primary caretaker for our children, livestock and poultry. I do my best to act as a good steward to our land while providing the best life possible for all of the beings in my care.
Oak Hollow Livestock is home to our family, as well as the wide variety of animals that enrich our lives. We are located on a beautiful piece of property that has been in agricultural use for decades.
We have chosen to raise our five kids here, and feel the experiences and lessons they have the opportunity to be a part of every day on the farm are one of the greatest gifts we can give them.
When we moved here, our property was overgrown with many invasive weeds. We utilize rotational grazing to promote the development of healthier, more resilient soils and more productive pastures.
We strive to give more than we take, both in our lives and on our farm. We hope to have a net positive effect on our environment through the adoption of sustainable, regenerative practices.
We rely on Penny, our Maremma livestock guardian dog, to ensure the safety of our animals. Ideally, livestock guardian dogs are non-lethal predator control, training predators to hunt elsewhere as they protect their charges and their property.
Many of the breeds we raise are on the Livestock Conservancy's priority list and are considered at risk of extinction. These animals are invaluable for preserving genetic diversity and ensuring future productivity. We are excited to offer top quality stock to breeders across the country.