May 20th, 2010

pets: Calvin

What to look for when buying Dairy Goats

First off, I am NOT an expert. By ANY means! I read a lot, and I have some goats, and I lucked into some *really* good ones. The problem is, books don't tell you everything you really need to know....and when I was researching, I couldn't find anything on what a home dairy goat needs to be like. (Not saying that's not out there - I just couldn't find it!)

This post is Ali's fault - she said in a comment a couple of weeks ago that every goat you buy - especially one in milk - is somebody's cull. The trick is to find out WHY they are getting rid of THAT goat.

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I hope this helps somebody. Again, if anyone has any helpful comments/suggestions, bring 'em on! I'll add to this - hey, I wish I had found something like this when I was researching. While we still would have bought the Cashmeres, we wouldn't have planned on milking them.

ETA Ali has a page with her girls' udders, too - more things to look for. She was smart, though - she included her hand in each photo. :duh: Keeps things in scale. :mumble: I don't know why I didn't think of that!