I’ve wanted goats for years! In the late 90’s, I was making soap and wanted to make goat’s milk soap and that’s when I first started asking if I could have a milk goat. Then when we moved to MO, the Amish near us had goats and I was telling Anna, the Amish lady, how much I wanted a milk goat and then we got into the discussion about when a goat gives milk and doesn’t give milk (kinda like the birds and the bees discussion . . with an Amish lady!) and Vince said “I don’t want a billy goat!” and Anna looked at him with a completely straight face and said “Take her on a date!” . . a conjugal visit for goats . . of sorts! 🙂
About a mile down the road from us is a family that raises show goats. If you’re terribly uneducated about show goats . . as I am . . you might be surprised to know that some of their goats sell for more than many small homes! It happens that their son works at McCoy’s and he and Vince have gotten to be buddies. It’s so funny that the folks at McCoy’s and Tractor Supply are Vince’s best friends!
We’re working in the garden and needed pipe for the watering experiment for the tomatoes so . . off we went to McCoy’s. The goat guy was helping us and I said “I know you sell show goats and all I want is a milk goat so can you give me any advice?” Boy, did I ask the right guy the right question at the right time!
For their show goats, every now and then a mom gives birth and doesn’t want to take care of the babies so they have a couple of not show goats that they let have babies so they can let her be a surrogate to the show goats and then they sell off the not show goat babies. He has two right now for sale! Two girls! I said “I’ll take them!”
Vince is looking at me like . . I knew I shouldn’t have brought you in here!
Vince: She doesn’t know the first thing about milking goats! (He’s right!)
Goat Guy: Come down to the house and I’ll teach you everything you need to know. I have two goats that are tame milkers and you can milk them.
Vince: Doesn’t the goat have to be bred to keep producing milk?
Goat Guy: Bring the goat down to my house or I’ll pick her up and we’ll take care of that for you!
Am I the luckiest person you know? Goat Guy is off tomorrow and he’s going to call me and we’ll begin Goat Milking 101. We have to build a shelter for them to keep them safe from the coyotes at night and he said he’ll help us get all that set up. I am so excited.
I can make goat cheese! We will learn to drink goat’s milk. Do you know what all you can do with goat’s milk? Check it out here on Pinterest! I can hardly wait!