90% of goat owners report having a goat die, for a reason other than old age. That means most of us who own goats are going to experience some really heartbreaking death at some point in our goat journey. The sad truth is, although they’re super cute, they can be really hard to keep alive. […]
WE DECIDED TO STOP MILKING OUR GOATS. WHY?
Kidding and calving can be hard on an animal. Giving birth can wear an animal out, and You will find your goats become more susceptible to worms after giving birth. We decided heading into our births to boost our goats minerals, make sure they were at optimum health going into the birth. However we did […]
Goats – Love em or Hate em?
I have noticed something funny. Most homesteaders have a pretty strong opinion about Goats. Some, all love. Some… Pure unfiltered hate. Which side of the coin are you? Goats are filled with personality. Despite their negative biblical comparison to the sheep, I find goats to be much more personable, and certainly more fun. But then […]
How To Buy the Perfect Dairy Goat
This is Part 2 of How NOT to Buy a Dairy Goat. Part 1 Should be read first. During our search for a perfect homestead dairy goat, we ran the gamut. A list of some places visited: A very small homestead of 5 unregistered goats. a small farm which bred registered animals a dog breeder who got into […]
How Not to Buy a Goat
In our endeavor to start a homestead dairy operation, we have gone through more goats that you can believe. There was the goat that busted out of the escape proof pig pen, and the goat that was too loud. The goat we listed on Craigslist two days after purchasing her from an ad… on Craigslist. […]
How To Build a Milk Stand
Last year we began our dairy operation. It started with Hops, our escape goat. Hops was a goat with few good qualities. (One, actually. She was so very quiet.) For 2 weeks, Kendra tried to milk her. We had not repaired the barn the goats now live in, so Hops was milked outside, on the dirt. […]