Cracker Farms, named for the family’s German Shorthaired pointer, is a small farm south of Rock Hill, S.C., owned and operated by the Fairey family. Wade, Sr., is an enthusiastic historic preservationist and conservator of animals – antiquities. His wife, Cathy offers her warm hospitality and delicious southern cooking to quests. One of her specialties is stickies, a recipe given to her by an elderly South Carolinian. She wanted her old family recipe enjoyed, shared and saved! It’s therefore fitting the farm also began conserving heritage animals and opening to the public during York County’s annual Ag and Art Tour in 2022.
Cattle, horses, guinea fowl, chickens, and goats have all roamed the fields of the Fairey’s farm. While visiting other farms across the South, Wade witnessed hobby farms and ranchers divesting of their modern goat breeds. Several of whom have chosen to raise Kiko, Kiko crosses, and varieties of Spanish goats. These breeds are well adopted to the region’s heat and humidity. Each is also known to be hardy, healthy and productive. As of 2021, Cracker Farms, added a small herd of verified Spanish Koy goats to their pastures. No, they may not grow as quickly as the modern meat goat breeds but as one old time farm stated, “I buried more of my Boer goats every year than I took to market, that’s why I switched to Spanish goats.” Cracker Farms took on these Spanish goats as a conservation project with an eye towards sustainable livestock that might in the future produce marketable meat goats. Learn more about Spanish goats at: the Spanish Goats Association LLC.
Cracker Cattle, Spanish Koy goats, and Kilo x Savanna goats.