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Raisin' goats
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Gayle    Posted 09-01-2002 at 22:01:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi! I'm new to this site, so I hope anyone reading this will bear with me! I'm an old farm girl who has lived in the city TOO long. (I grew up on a small dairy farm.) My husband & I are looking at a 5 acre piece of property w/ pasture, nice new barn & a smaller barn which would be perfect for a venture I've wanted to go into for a long time. I would like to raise goats and would like to produce small-batch goat cheese. Any information, advice, tips, etc. would be greatly appreciated!!!! Thanks!

tencious    Posted 09-02-2002 at 14:22:28       [Reply]  [No Email]

Gayle! do you have any ties (relatives in Ok.?

Ana (MO)    Posted 09-02-2002 at 06:40:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oh, what fun goats are. The bigger your goat (some milking goats are big), the taller your fence. They also like to crawl under fence and can do so if they get their heads out. But I have pygmies and don't milk. I'm told a person can milk pgymies but they don't give a lot of milk. A small milking goat would be the Nigerian Dwarf. With only 5 acres, you can easily get too many, like 3 goats soon become 6 goats if you breed, 6 to 12, and so on. It's hard to part with those adorable babies! They all become pets!

Gayle    Posted 09-02-2002 at 18:22:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ana...Thanks for the post! I know what you mean about them becoming pets...ALL of my animals are my babies, and I know the goats would be, too! Any information on getting started is appreciated/

rachel    Posted 09-02-2002 at 06:00:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Gayle and welcome! We have 3 goats and it's our first time raising them. We live on top of an Ozark ridge and have little level ground for pasture. Goats seemed to be the most logical meat and milk animal for us. We bought our two pygmies from an auction and were told they were pregnant. Guess what, they weren't. So we are breeding them in Oct. along with our Nubian cross doe. Most of the stuff I've learned has been thru the net. Here's a good link: It has a lot of good info and links to more. See ya, Rachel

Hogman--Gayle--Rachel    Posted 09-02-2002 at 19:01:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Welcome to tha site Gayle,know You'll enjoy it and learn,be amused,and contribute in return.
Some,not Myself but some of less virtue will spin a windy on occasion so be prepared.

Rachel I know I mentioned this long time past but We "HAD" at one time Pigmy Goats . One Nanny was purchased as due shortly. Aw yes, even tha Vet looked'er over,felt'er big ole belly'n said "YEP" mighty quick. Shucks, You could stand'n watch tha Kids movin round inside'er.

We kept Her for about two Years, named'er PERMAPREG. She went to a new home where I assume They waited with bated breath for tha pendin birth ta take place just as tha auctioneer no doubt said it would. Loved Them Goats,seein'em go that is.

Gayle    Posted 09-02-2002 at 18:25:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rachel...OK...always good to hear from someone who's also learning "the hard way"!!! I would like to start with a couple of yearlings and maybe a kid or two. Would love to continue to hear of your adventures...thanks!!

Tom A    Posted 09-02-2002 at 04:02:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Gayle, welcome to the site and back to the country.

We've got 11 goats, and keep one in milk for our use. We make cheese and yogurt on occasion, when production is high. Lots of fun, and good stuff.

Electric fence is fine as long as you train the goats to it. We use 5-strand, with the top strand about 4'...they could easily jump it, but never have. They've all been hand-raised like pets, and don't seem to want to get out. They *will* however work their way *in* to whereever you store their feed, given half a chance. One of mine has learned to turn door knobs (just from watching us do it), and several have learned to operate hook-and-eye gate latches! They'll get in, eat some of the food and generally make a mess. The first time they did it, mine got in and accidently locked the door behind them, locking themselves in...they made quite a mess, and actually looked 'embarassed' when we came and rescued them later in the day.

I'd suggest reading a book or two, there are lots of goat books out there. If you haven't heard of any, email me and I'll send you some titles. Goats are a lot of fun, although sometimes I think they're smarter than most other animals including humans!

Let me know if I can help, I've got some sources of supplies and stuff we've learned the hard way.

good luck,
Tom A

Gayle    Posted 09-02-2002 at 18:18:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom...Thanks for the info. I looked on the net & found a vast amount of books re: goats. Any you could recommend would be appreciated. I'm getting quite excited about this & am learning a thing or two every day! I most appreciate hearing from people such as yourself and the others who've written to me who are experienced, as I believe that is the best teacher!!

Tom A    Posted 09-03-2002 at 04:43:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Gayle: I think the best "beginners" goat book is still RAISING MILK GOATS THE MODERN WAY by Jerry Belanger, Vermont Garden Way Publishing Co. 1979.

It was the one that helped get us going when we first got goats. It is clear and concise, and covers much of what you need to know, from picking a breed to fencing and housing to feed. We've learned a lot 'the hard way' after we got our goats, but couldn't have gotten started with any real success without the book. Some of it may be very basic for somebody who grew up on a farm but I still think it is a worthwile read.

good luck!

Donna from Missouri    Posted 09-02-2002 at 02:36:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have occasionally kept goats in my 35 years of living in the country. The first thing you need is good tall fence: this will make the difference in whether you love goats, or hate them. It isn't fun to find your goat atop your favorite car or tractor, or browsing on your favorite fruit tree. You can find lots of books on dairy goats by doing a search on the Internet, and I'd invest in one of those if I were you.

Tammy-E TX    Posted 09-02-2002 at 01:16:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gayla I know nothing about goats but am sure someone will come by that does. Wanted to welcome you to the board, and on your new venture. There is always fun going on here and folks give you the knowledge they have. Good Luck and WELCOME!

Gayle    Posted 09-02-2002 at 18:29:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tammy...God, how I love country folk!! We're so friendly most of the time, aren't we?!! Thanks for the welcome...very thoughtful of you!:)

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