Goat Milk Herd Shares Available
Due to the number of does about to freshen (have kids and start producing milk) there will be more shares available beginning in March. Information can now be found on my website, click here. I encourage everyone to be well informed about both the benefits and risks associated with raw milk prior to making such a commitment.
If you know you are ready to take the next step - stop here and click the link above!
For those who are new and want a little history...
This is a small operation, so only a few shares are made available each year (in addition to existing shares.) You may wonder, if you have looked at the breeding schedule page and we are small, why limited shares when so many does are due? Much of the milk retained here is now used for the new line of goat milk soap, and the future plan is to introduce liquid soap, shampoo, shaving soap and lotions. There is also a heave demand for high producing does (both for kids and milk) and a few are offered now each year - in part to control numbers here, but also to help others getting started.
I remember when I first began, I wanted a doe "in milk" but none were available that were even close to what I could afford. I purchased 2 does, had them bred, and had to wait 5 months and worry about them kidding... It worked for me and I have grown from there. But many people aren't prepared or equipped to deal with a doe having kids, especially getting started. So, I try to offer, when I can, a doe "in milk" for those looking for fresh milk and not wanting to manage kids in their first experience.
Now, I will tell you, there is nothing more satisfying or joyful than watching kids doing what kids do. I wish people would stop referring to human children as "kids" both because "kids" are baby goats and, more important, human children no longer exhibit the joy,abandonment and fearlessness of care that our wonderful caprine babies do.
OK, back to serious - kids require certain care. Dairy kids need to be disbudded (very unpleasant but necessary for everyone, including other animals, involved.) The males arent always appropriate for using as breeding stock, and, if they are, need to be housed and cared for separately.... So, buying a bred doe is a challenge.
Buying a doe in milk is also a challenge - you MUST milk her - she wont have kids nursing to alleviate pressure or create demand. So, unless you milk her 2x a day you will reduce production, and depending on the doe, can create a problem for her (and you) in mastitis.
So, if all you want is good, fresh, raw milk, why buy goat (and the responsibilities) when the milk is ready and waiting!