10 things I wish I had known before owning goats. Don’t you agree with #5?? But does it stop us from owning them?? Nope! Once a goat lover, always one. This is one of many posts about Raising Goats. Be sure to check out the rest of the information available.
There are a few things I wish I had known before I brought home my first goats. And since those first few days of goat ownership, I’ve learned so much!
Here are a few things to think about before you bring your first goats home.
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What I wish I had known before owning goats:
THE CREAM FROM GOAT’S MILK DOESN’T SEPARATE.
I really didn’t know that goat milk doesn’t separate like cow’s milk. Before picking up my two does in milk, I dreamed of butter and cream. Not the case! Goat milk is naturally homogenized, which makes it as close to human milk as possible. That’s why many who are lactose intolerant are able to drink goat milk without problems.
But, sadly, unless you have a cream separator…or the patience to skim a bit of cream at a time and save it in the freezer until you have a larger volume, butter dripping off the edges of your homemade bread won’t be a problem. (You may want to put a cream separator on your Christmas list 😉 )
#1 was a sad revelation but the milk is still so good and so worth it!
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IN SOME STATES THERE ARE RESTRICTIONS ON SELLING RAW MILK.
I had no idea that Montana, of all places…you know, the wild, wild west?…has some of the tightest restrictions on selling milk of all the states. In other words, it is completely illegal to sell fresh milk for human consumption. Double check state regulations if you would like to sell any milk.
(UPDATE: Although not completely legal, Montana laws are changing! More information about this change can be read on the Raw Milk Montana Facebook page. They work tirelessly to legalize the sale of raw milk.)
Are you ready to make some yogurt??
YOUR FRIDGE WILL HAVE EVERY SHELF FULL OF MILK, YOGURT, AND GOAT CHEESE.
Really. It will be full. And then you realize it only makes sense to get bottle fed calves and a pig to help slop up the rest! You’re welcome! 🙂
I can’t keep up with making enough yogurt for my kids! They would eat our raw goat milk yogurt three times a day. And literally throw a fit when I say, “No, honey, we had some for breakfast an hour ago. We will have something else for a snack.” I wouldn’t be without my Yogotherm Yogurt Incubator. It makes making yogurt a breeze.
Raw, wholesome, healthy food for the win!!
This Binder Bundle is full of to-do lists, checklists, record keeping sheets, and resource pages that will get your new (or old) goat herd off to a terrific start!It will print out and give you the help you've been looking for!
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This Binder Bundle is full of to-do lists, checklists, record keeping sheets, and resource pages that will get your new (or old) goat herd off to a terrific start!It will print out and give you the help you've been looking for!Continue Reading
GOATS ARE PICKIER EATERS THAN PORTRAYED.
Goats eat tin cans, right? Ha! We brought home our first pygmy goats to take care of the weeds in our shelter belt. The only thing they did was completely lay bare our Caragana bushes waist high.
I did pull out my sweater sleeve from my buck’s mouth, however. I do believe it saw the inside of his stomach because I pulled and pulled and it kept coming.
Goats really prefer brush, leaves and broadleaf plants more than they like typical pasture grass.
Not the tin can eating creatures you imagined, is it?
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GOATS WASTE A LOT OF HAY.
I have a theory: I think goats pass down a varied version of Goldilocks to their kids: “This hay is too thick, this hay is too thin, these prized flowers in the flower bed are just right.”
And although building this goat feeder has helped with hay waste because it keeps it off the ground, there is still the hay that hits the ground. It must be making really fertile ground under my goat’s feet.
* Tip: Every day I clean up the hay in, on and around the goat feeder and give it to the pigs. They LOVE it…and it makes me feel better that our good hay isn’t being wasted. It also makes for less cleanup in the spring after the winter months. In the spring, if there is a sizable amount on the ground under the feeder, I rake up the hay and poop and use it as mulch in my garden!
Waste not, want not…except for goats…they waste and want more!
BUCKS REALLY, REALLY DO STINK.
You are warned about the stink, but the reality of the musky experience sets you back a bit. And then you have to explain to your mom why she shouldn’t be scratching your sweet buck between the eyes and under his chinny-chin-chin. How do you explain that properly?
They flap their lips too. It’s quite an experience!
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THE GOAT KIDS ARE SO CUTE, IT’S HARD TO SAY GOODBYE.
Baby goats are the sweetest little things ever. Snugly and ready to be best friends. After weaning day, there just may be a lump in your throat as you say goodbye.
And it gets worse when your kids are wailing as the goats are driving away to their new home. And you begin to wonder what it would take to own a few hundred goats…hmmm…
Ok, so you may not end up with hundreds of goats, but do prepare yourself. You will get attached and it can be hard to say goodbye.
IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO CONTACT YOUR EXTENSION AGENT RIGHT OFF.
Before you get your first goats, or shortly after, it is so important to know the levels of copper and selenium in your area.
There are so many complications that can come up when goats are short on minerals, even if a free choice mineral is offered. If your area is short on these minerals, you will need to give your goat’s copper boluses several times a year and/or BoSe shots as well.
Minerals are very important! Don’t push it off to later!
KNOW YOUR WATER SOURCE FOR YOUR GOATS.
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GOATS ARE RATHER FRAGILE.
That doesn’t sound right, does it? But in my experience, when you are raising animals for breeding purposes, there is a big demand put on their bodies to grow their offspring inside them and to produce the milk to raise them. And when a smaller animal has multiple babies it can multiply the problems at birth.
Because of this, I believe it is really important to have an emergency plan in place for your animals. In particular, knowing exactly what you will do and who you will call if problems arise when your goat is giving birth is so important. In moments of crisis, you never want to regret your decisions or lack of quick action.
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Does any of this stop us?? Nope! Once a goat lover, always a goat lover. It is all quite worth it.
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