Our dairy goats are a huge part of our homestead. A lot of what we do right now is for them. They also give me milk. Delicious milk. We love our goats. So let me introduce to you…
The Goats of Desolate Homestead
It would only be right if you met the herd Queen first. This is River. She likes mulberry leaves, and the neighbor’s roses. She spends her days pushing her head through the fence to eat the grass on the other side. River puts milk in the bucket. She is an awesome producer! This one is independent and doesn’t mind taking a nap while the rest of the herd is grazing, but if she hears the alfalfa coming, watch out! She is 3 years old and has only been freshened once, but she will be bred as soon as breeding season starts up again.
Our sweety, Fawn. She is gentle and respectful of space. She follows River around, but likes to graze with the sheep too. She is a first freshener (kidded for the first time) this year. It was so easy to train her on the stand to milk.
The little happy doeling. This is Fawn’s kid. We call her Tink most of the time. Her brother didn’t make it, but she held on. She was weak at birth, and we spent so much time with her the first few weeks. She is 6 weeks old now. We bottle feed her, or I should say, my daughter bottle feeds her. Our plan was to have her mom raise her, but it didn’t turn out that way. It’s been a lot of work, but a nice experience. She is so friendly and runs to you when you call her name, and follows us around like a little puppy dog.
Herd sire. The man of the pasture. The boy who will get the job done. Ok yes, he’s just a kid. He will be big enough in the fall to breed the does, though. He will add some good genetics to our 2017 kids.
We have had goats for almost a year, and we have learned so much! Providing fresh milk for my family is so worth all the work to take care of these cute goats.