Livestock and Other Animals forum: My Goats

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ImageCajuninKy
Apr 29, 2011 11:20 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I had started talking with a friend who makes her own cheese. A soft cheese she makes from fresh goats milk. She does not own any goats but has a source for buying fresh milk. I decided it sounded like a good thing and I made up my mind to get some goats of my own. And that is exactly what I did. It must have been what God wanted too because He had a friend mention is a conversation that he had meat goats. We started talking about goats and I told him I wanted Pygmy goats for milking. Wouldn't you know a guy who worked for him had been trying to give him 3 pygmy does for months and he didn't want them. He made a call and the does were brought to me free of charge the next morning. I have since traded the older of the does because she was so mean to one of the younger does. I have the younger pair still and have had them bred to kid at the end of summer. So I will be having fresh milk, cheese, butter and yogurt. I also hear it makes great icecream. I am very excited.

So, meet my girls, Dusty and Mollie.

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Imagebitbit
May 1, 2011 7:12 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Oh, your posts are making me jealous. I worked on a farm with goats years ago, and got to eat the amazing fresh cheese. It's a dream of mine to one day have goats of my own, but I'll need a lot more land first.
ImageCajuninKy
May 2, 2011 7:39 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I have never eaten goat cheese or drank goat's milk but I am looking forward to it. Yesterday I had a friend let me know as soon as I start milking he wants to buy some milk. Isn't that fun! Something else to look forward to.
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ImageCajuninKy
Oct 28, 2011 7:30 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Lots has happened in my goat world since this post.

Mollie and Dusty both had their kids. They each had 2, a girl and a boy. Mollie had a black boy we named Shaq and a blonde girl we named Blondie. (It looks like Blondie may end up being black) I sold Shaq as a pet and he s doing very well. Much loved by his little people.
I still have Blondie and plan to keep her.

Dusty had a little boy we named Bruiser and a girl we named Woolene. I had Bruiser sold but the guy who was supposed to get him dropped trees on his fences and now has nowhere to keep the goat so I still have him. If I don't sell him soon I will have to band him. Sadly Woolene passed away 2 weeks ago from coccidia. It's a common problem with kids when they are under stress. She was being weaned and I could not save her.

I also had another baby goat given to me when it was 2 weeks old. It was an orphan. She was the cutest thing and was doing so well. She was weaned and growing nicely but passed away suddenly from bloat. I have since learned how to recognize it and treat it. I wish I had known before I lost Bobbie. I really miss her. She was a bottle baby so she thought I was he Momma.

I have been milking the does since their kids were 2 weeks old and enjoying the milk, cheese and yougurt. They are giving much less milk now so I am about ready to let them dry off. I don't want to have to get up early in the cold to go milk. I have put some milk in the freezer.
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Imagebitbit
Oct 28, 2011 11:34 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Thanks for the update. That is a lot of changes!

I'm glad you have some kids left to give you some consolation for the losses. It's got to be especially hard to lose one you've raised on the bottle. When you say you need to band the boy, you mean to make him a wether, right? Would you then keep him as a pet?
ImageCajuninKy
Nov 4, 2011 6:47 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
If I don't get a sale for him I will likely keep him to eat the hillsides around here. They are steep.
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Imagesallyg
Nov 21, 2011 9:47 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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Cheryl, I'd love to have goats. I need more land too. and so sorry for the two you lost
Sad
Dusty and Mollie are really cute!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageCajuninKy
Nov 22, 2011 10:10 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Goats don't take a lot of land unless you are not going to give them hay. They are being kept in urban areas more and more. Especially the smaller breeds. You don't have to have big dairy breeds to milk them. They all give milk.

My 4 are confined to the small lot in the back yard now. A tree fell on my fence up the hill so I had to close off the second lot. I still turn them out on the 1st lot if the weather is really nice but it's more for exercise because here isn't much graze left in it. There is a lot where i had the old lot but I don't have it fenced at the moment. I had to take the fencing down when a mining company needed access to some old abandoned mines above the house. What I was thinking of doing rather than fencing in the whole hillside again was to put down posts at either end of he hillside and tie a rope between the two. Then put the goats on a lead of about 3 feet long and let them graze the hillside in 6ft wide swaths. I'd not have to constantly worry about the fence shorting out then.
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Imagesallyg
Nov 23, 2011 9:55 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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Sounds like a great plan.!

Is milking easy to master? I shouldn't ask too many open ended question like that, there must be sites I can go to and read.


The oral surgeon that took out my kids wisdom teeth...appeared in the local paper with the small herd of goats that he and a partner are hiring out for brush clearing.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageCajuninKy
Nov 24, 2011 7:02 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
It gets easier everyday. My two are different from each other. Mollie's teats are short and I can only use 2 fingers to milk her. She is harder because of that. Dusty's teats are lomger and I can use my whole hand. She also lets down her milk a lot faster.

I have read about herds of brush goats for rent. That's why a lot of people have them here. We have so much hillside.
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