Sunday, January 25, 2015

Goats Replace Soldiers and Prisoners

The federal government built Fort Saulsbury, at the edge of the marsh near Slaughter Beach, in 1917 when World War I was getting into full swing. On 160 acres of sandy soil studded with native cedars, the fort consisted of two heavily fortified concrete bunkers and several support buildings.

Sam (L) and and his son Laurence (R)

During World War II, prisoners of war replaced the shells and powder and soldiers in the bunkers and buildings of Fort Saulsbury. These days, sheep and goats graze atop the bunkers and on open ground where barracks, an infirmary and other fort-associated structures stood. The Sam Burke family bought the property in 2002. 

 “We brought a few goats up here to get the vegetation under control, and they did so well we decided to try our hand with them,” said Sam Burke. Now, he said, Cedar Creek Farm -- known previously as Fort Saulsbury -- has a reputation for the quality of the Kiko goats it produces.

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Cedar Creek Farm (Sam Burke) is a long-time consignor to the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test.