How a Dairy Goat Farm Grows

| 12/23/2013 6:12:00 PM

Tags: livestock breeds, raising livestock, Nubian goats, dairy goats, Florida, Julia Shewchuk,

It all started with a book about food storage. One short chapter explained how to read food labels andDairy Goat Guardian Dog identify ingredients. A helping of arsenic and bugs anyone?

The book changed our life. We read food labels in detail, we bought more organic and natural foods, and then moved to the country in North Florida to grow our own — beyond organic — food. A few months later, my husband uttered this fateful sentence: “Honey, what would you say if we had a cow for our own milk?”After researching cows, cost and feed requirements, this turned to: “Honey, what would you say if we had a goat for our own milk?”

We researched dairy goats and found a dairy goat farm an hour away. We visited the farm to look at the goats and learn something about goats. We knew nothing about goats. We liked these funny, floppy-eared Nubian goats, and we liked the owner. This didn’t seem so hard. We went back home, fenced a pasture and built a goat pen with a shelter. Then, we called the goat farm and told the owner that we were ready to buy two dairy goats. We came home with three.

12/29/2013 8:20:36 AM

Thank you Julia for the informative and entertaining article. We are also interested in make it sound doable and we'll watch for the pitfalls you described....I trust when we go to get two, we'll really only get two...I hope. Happy in Ohio.

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