Thinking About Getting A Goat

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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    1. Profile photo of Ruth Cox
      Ruth Cox

      I had a pet goat one time and he and my dog Tidbit were the best of friends! And yes, he was great at clearing the prickly bushes around the property line. While I love goat meat, I did not eat my pet goat!

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      Rex Trulove

      I’ve seriously considered getting a pair of nubians, but we’d need to build a substantial shelter for them. It can reach 50 below in the winter, so they’d need a place where they could honestly stay warm.

      1. Profile photo of Eva James
        Eva James Post author

        I am lucky there as we needed a barn for the horses anyways. But just a couple of goats would have plenty of room in one of those plastic type sheds and they are easy to clean. That could be a lot cheaper than putting up a building

    3. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
      Kyla Matton Osborne

      We’ve been hoping that once we have some land we can find a good breed of goat for the milk. I love goat’s milk and hubby loves goat meat, so if I could find a dual-purpose breed, I’d be happy. I have to admit, though, I’m still a little leery about goats because of all the mischief they get into. I was thinking about a breed that’s a little more docile and maybe a smaller breed, like the pygmy, at least to start with.

      1. Profile photo of Eva James
        Eva James Post author

        I was looking up the pygmy goats and it says they are good jumpers and climbers so keep that in mind. The fainting goats are heavier built so cant jump or climb as good. Makes fencing a lot easier. I dont know the different breeds so have been looking them up. I think you can milk any of them, just a dairy goat gives more than the others. So it would depend on how much milk you need.

      2. Profile photo of Rex Trulove
        Rex Trulove

        Kyla, my mother and father had nubian goats for both the milk and the meat. The meat tastes very much like venison and I love venison, so…. They are very docile and intelligent, though. Milking them is a bit more of a hassle than milking a cow, however. LOL

      3. Profile photo of Rex Trulove
        Rex Trulove

        Oh, and nubians can really jump. They are about as good at it as a deer. One of the nubian kids was almost impossible to keep in the pen, though it was a horse corral. It had no problem jumping the top rail, even though it was a tiny little guy. The nanny could also jump the fence, but seldom did because she had all the food and water she wanted, plus nice straw to lay on. The kid was just rebellious, sort of like a human teenager. LOL

      4. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne

        @rextrulove Thanks for the warning! I’ll have to watch out for the jumping when the time comes to decide on a breed of goat to look for. I’m not sure if we’ll be looking for purebred goats, though, at least not at first. I might look for someone local who has some kids to sell.

        My cousin picked up her goats some years back for about $20 each. She bred them and ended up with a small flock for milking. Unfortunately, she gave them up before we moved here. Their kids were pretty much grown, so she didn’t need the milk so much. And they were travelling a lot, so they couldn’t tend livestock anymore.

      5. Profile photo of Rex Trulove
        Rex Trulove

        In a way, the jumping ability makes sense. A goat is built a lot like a deer and deer are the American equivalent of gazelles when it comes to jumping. I remember seeing a doe that was very contentedly munching on a very manicured lawn, inside a 12 foot enclosure. lol The doe wasn’t quite 4 feet tall at the shoulder, so that is a testament to how well deer can jump. There was no other way she could have gotten in there. Goats tend to be smaller, but they are built the same way, so they are usually good jumpers. Of course, they can be hobbled and that takes care of the jumping, but then you have to move them often.

      6. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne

        I’m not sure I’d want to hobble an animal. Maybe I’m just being too soft for someone who’d like to raise livestock, but it seems a bit cruel to me…

    4. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
      Kyla Matton Osborne

      I’m going to look more into the fainting goats. I had considered them briefly, but never did much reading on them. It does sound like they might be a good breed for us. I’m also looking into Nigerian Dwarves. I love that they can be bred at any time and that their milk is very rich. The other plus is that they need less space and eat less than a larger breed.

      1. Profile photo of Eva James
        Eva James Post author

        Since I am thinking food for us too I am leaning towards a heavier breed. But need to investigate the nigerian dwarves if the milk is rich. I love cows milk with a lot of cream in it.

      2. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne

        Apparently, the Nigerians have the richest milk. I love goats milk! But the commercial milk I get isn’t labelled for the type of goat it comes from, so I’m not sure if it would be similar to what we’d get from a Nigerian dwarf.

        My understanding is that the cream in goats milk stays in suspension very well, so it’s not too easy to separate the cream off for making butter or ice cream. And I imagine if the milk is richer than you want, you’re kind of stuck with it. I guess you could mix it in with a lower fat milk for daily use. Or just reserve it for when you need light cream, maybe? It’s probably on par with half and half.

        I love to add goats milk to my coffee, but I’m sure it would also make wonderful yogurts and desserts.

    5. Profile photo of Andria Perry
      Andria Perry

      I had goats and I gave them away to protect them from a neighbor that was shooting them, I started with two and had seven, most of the females had a pair each time. I don`t know what type they were but I loved them and they minded me just like the dogs did.

      I seriously need goats here too, I got 3 acres I need to clear but a fence and the coyotes would be the problem.

      1. Profile photo of Eva James
        Eva James Post author

        Me and a neighbor would have been in a shooting match instead. A good building should keep them safe from predators

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      Donna

      Goats milk is good, I had a pet goat once also and my father in law killed it for meat, I cried and did not eat it…..

      1. Profile photo of Eva James
        Eva James Post author

        I have never tried the milk but if I get one I will. I always name with knowing who will be food in my mind. My last turkeys were named legs and breast meat. They were tasty too

      1. Profile photo of Eva James
        Eva James Post author

        Mine will mostly be on pasture so I should not smell too much from them.

      2. Profile photo of N Sri Naga Jyothi
        N Sri Naga Jyothi

        I would like to keep pet as horse, don’t know I like it but to hard to maintain it, I had a dog before after he died I felt so bad and little uneasy with it so I stopped getting dogs again.

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