Last week we decided to get some goats for our farm. Marta, our cow is our source of dairy and we made the mistake of waiting too long before getting her pregnant again which means that now we are running low on milk. Once you become used to having your own milk, it becomes essential and with three pigs being raised in the farm too, there can never be too much milk.
So, we decided to get goats as an extra source of dairy. Goats are really wonderful animals to have. They give delicious milk, they don’t eat as much as a cow eats and they don’t require as much space as a cow does either. We got two does and one buckling all of which get along really well. One of the girls already is giving milk and the other one is one month pregnant.
So far, it’s been great having them around. They are affectionate, very sociable, funny and the milk is absolutely delicious, I have made kefir and yogurt with it and the taste is incredible. We never drink cows milk unless it’s been fermented first, but we have been drinking some unfermented goat milk and it’s really good.
The milking has gone quite smoothly even though we don’t have a milking stanchion. I milk Lupe twice a day and she gives me about 2 litres a day. We are still working on their enclosure since the fence we got was way too low and they just jumped over it and got out. I don’t really mind having them loose, but it’s a bit scary if they get out of the property and get attacked by dogs, so we prefer to keep them enclosed.
We are not feeding any grain, really the only animals that eat grain in our farm are the geese and the chickens. The goats eat fresh grass, hay and whatever plant they eat while they are out and about.
They are definitely naughty getting out or their place and love jumping over fences. We have the vegetable garden very well protected with electricity so that they don’t get in. So far it’s worked.
It’s only been over a week with them here and I can say that they are absolutely wonderful, sweet animals which make a great addition to our farm. I look forward to spending some time with them every day. They are our first goats so they are really new to us and I’m learning as much as I can about caring for them. Now I can’t believe I didn’t get them before!
Do you have goats? What do you think about them?
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