First Time Goat Owner? Be Prepared: Get the Facts, Part 1


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We've had a lot of interest and questions, about our goats, from our farm visitors. We developed a workshop we called "Goats 101" to help answer some of those questions.

Here are some questions AND answers from our workshop:

Where Do I Start With Buying a Goat?

First, you want to decide WHY you would like a goat. There are several different reasons and you may have more than one reason for wanting one. So, there are different things to consider.

  1. Do you just want a pet?
  2. Would you like to start some business...if so, what type of business?
  3. Would you like to just have fresh milk for the home and maybe be able to make your own butter, cheese, etc.
  4. Do you want "meat" goats? Either for food for yourself or to sell?
  5. Are you interested in "fiber" goats?
  6. Do you just want to clear land?

After you think about the WHY you can start focusing on what breed or breeds would be best suited to those needs. Some people just go on "I like the look of that one so, I'll get it" sort of like how you choose a dog or cat. That's ok too after all this is your decision.

Goat Breeds

There are many different breeds of goats and there are people who are cross-breeding for dual purpose goats or just for a unique look. Sometimes this can be good and sometimes not so good. Some of the most common breeds for our area are:

Nubian or Nubian mix

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