If you’ve had them then nothing more needs to be said LOL!
If not , then sit back and enjoy:)
Goats can be wonderful companions, trouble incarnate and a hilarious entertainment system.
We love our “Goatie girls” . They fill a lot of purposes on the homestead. We use their milk, making butter, cheese and yogurt. They are a great system of brush control- when you are overrun with poison ivy – turn the goats in on it! (There is the added value of the milk helping you to develop a resistance to the poison ivy:)
This picture is three generations of Does-We keep what I like to call a “Generational ” herd-grandmothers, mothers and grand-daughters. They tend to learn behaviors- good and bad…grandmother teaches momma goats how to care for the newborns- what dangers there are – even what plants are poisonous.
We breed for several things- milk production,sound conformation and especially temperament- I do NOT intend to fight with a nanny on the milk stand! We also try to breed for multiple kidding- I cull pretty rigidly too. As a small farmer we can’t afford an animal that fails to contribute to the farm. Having said that – I sometimes goof and get too tenderhearted- haha-
Goat manure is one of the safest type to use on your garden beds- It does not need to be composted first.
Watch for our luxurious goat milk soaps at Farmer’s market 🙂