When we first moved out of the city to the more comfortable country life my husband and I were both more familiar with, we never had any intention of ever owning goats! So what happened???
We had a very nice garden, ducks, geese, a few bantam buttercup chickens, and a pair of pet turkeys that followed us around every where we went! Life was good. Life was simple. Then, 'the wife' wanted just one floppy-eared nubian goat....just one goat.
Well, 'just one goat' just doesn't work! You need two goats, so the 'one' goat can have a friend. And if you want milk, that means babies, so really you need three. BUT...If you don't want your babie goats to get pregnant by daddy goat (goat #3), then you are going to have to seperate goat #3 and give him a friend too!
So now, that 'one' goat has become four goats. And four goats multiplies into 13 rather quickly! 13 goats eat more food (aka money) than the 'one goat', the chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese combined; so now its time to start selling goats. When you are selling goats verrrrrrrryyyyy few people are saticfied with just the 'pretty goat.' They want the gallon a day milker (even though they may not have a use for 7 gallons of milk/week!) because they were told that is the 'minium' to expect from a goat AND they only want to pay $150 for a doe in milk. This didn't seem right at all! We paid $200+ for our girls, and not being able to sell the babies for at least that much seemed like a waste.
Raising goats was getting complicated! The goat multiplication part worked great, but keeping up with the demand for the abolute best milkers, and still being able to produce all the milk we needed was not! That was when we decided to step things up a notch. We learned pretty quick that not all goats were made equal (registered or not--- ears or not!), and since we only wanted to offer the best of our animals for sale, so folks like us just starting out didn't have to experience everything that we did starting from scratch,... things had to change! We immediately went to work changing our herd to fit the demand for milkers both for our family, and for the families looking to purchase from us.
And today our herd is representitive of that change. All though improvements will always be sought to be made, we are happy with the critters we have now, and are glad to offer them for sale to families looking for good dairy animals.
In 2013 we moved up to the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona, and left the Sonoran Desert behind us.... Then, 'the wife' wanted sheep (the saga continues)....
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