We have been thinking about getting a goat to clear the area around our pond out. The people who had the pond dug piled the dirt up around it very steeply. This makes it hard to mow, thus brush is taking over. Most goats love to eat at trees and brush like raspberry bushes. I have plenty of both of those coming up around the pond.
Now I said a goat, but goats like most herd animals do better with a friend. So that means I need at least two goats. For this reason and looking at what goats cost I have been thinking about getting a breeding pair. By doing that I can get my money back while still getting the pond cleared out. I am thinking the fainting goats would work well for us. First they come in many colors so seeing the babies will always be a surprise. Second they are a more muscular built goat throwing them into the meat family instead of the dairy family. As goats and deer are in the same genius of animals I might even like goat meat. I love deer so it is worth a try. That would save us money on our food and be a payback for the original purchase. And I should still have one or more babies to sell as most goats have at least two at a time. My second choice is the pygmy goat. They are smaller and extremely cute. This breed is also supposed to like playing in water so they would enjoy the pond immensely. But like many other small breeds of different animals they can have more trouble giving birth. So I dont know if I want them as I would have to stay close when they were due to deliver.
All we need to do is get the fence up around the pond for them. That would not take us very long at all. I already have a small building out there that they can use for shelter during the day. At night I will bring them into the barn to sleep so that they are safe from predators like coyotes.
We have plans to go to an auction next month where goats are often sold. If I have not found one or two by then at a good price I will look to see what they have there. I hope to find one soon and will let everyone know when I do. You never know it might even steal my computer like a few of my other critters around here do.
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