Sunday, May 18, 2008

4-Wheeling Goats


I spent the weekend working on the goats area, cleaning up dead branches and stuff. The wife bought me a new trailer to pull with my 4-wheeler and I put it to good use the last few days. The goats as always loved the company and it gave them a chance to play on the 4-wheeler. I can't keep them off that thing. This is Chief in the drivers seat and Daisy waiting her turn. Goats are great to have around the farm and the are gentle with the kids. We love them.


5 comments:

hillbilly2be said...

Hehe, they look like fun. We may just have to get a couple someday.

Maybe you've mentioned this before, but I was wondering if you milk the goats?

Ron

The Scavenger said...

Ron, I think you should get a couple of goats for your place too. I know your daughter would fall in love with them. You and Mom would too.
We plan to milk them just as soon as they start to produce milk. That is the reason we got the buck, to keep them serviced. Both boers are starting to develope milk sags so it should'nt be too long now. Keep in mind this is our first try at this so it will be interesting for sure. haha

hillbilly2be said...

They sound like a blast. I assume they can forage quite a bit, eating brush and stuff that sprouts on the edge of the forest? If the feed cost isn't high, I'm definitely thinking of getting some.

I had wondered about the servicing... makes sense that you got a boer.

I will be interested to learn more. I think the first time trying things makes a person more observant anyway. :)

Ron

The Scavenger said...

Ron, Goats love brush and any forage really. These gals can sure clean up an area for you in a very short time, briars are their favorite. The buck, a pygmy, bred to these boer does should be some pretty kids. Can't wait to see, around the middle of Sept. I think we should start kidding.
I hope you do get a few goats, I am sure you guys would love them. Just keep in mind in order to get milk you have to keep them bred. You can milk them up until the kids are born and after they are weaned for a while. Then just breed them back again. Litters can be 1,2 or even 3 in some cases. My pygmy doe, I'm not sure she has bred yet, can have up 5 with 3 being pretty common.
I'll keep you posted on our progress, or lack of it, either way. I'll be watching for pics of YOUR goats soon. haha

hillbilly2be said...

Ha! The only think I'm nervous about is getting tied down to a schedule for milking... I'll have to think about that. We hardly drink any milk around here, and I've never tried goat's milk. Maybe I'll have to start by trying some. :)

If we decided not to milk and they feed themselves, we could still get a couple for fun and brush-hogging. :)

Ron