Well, we've taken the first leap into our "wannabe farmers" life! Or maybe it's our "wanna use dairy products that don't cost a small fortune each month" life. Whatever it is, we've added two baby goats to our family!
We decided to buy Belle's two kids, which we've named "Snap" and "Sally," and we're quite excited about having them! They won't actually come live here till sometime early in July, and in the meantime we're cramming for the exam!
Even though it will be a while before we can breed Sally (the point in us getting them in the first place is for the milk), we wanted to raise a kid to be used to us, etc, rather than buying a milker. We think it will be a really good experience for the boys to raise and care for them, and the end reward (for us!) will be the milk. I hope to learn how to make our own cheese, yogurt, and kefir besides just having the milk.
Goats are herd animals, so they don't do well by themselves. That's why we're buying Snap as well, as wethers (neutered bucks) make great, gentle companions. (Paying a $25-$50 stud fee for breeding Sally when the time comes will be well worth NOT having to deal with a buck, that much I've learned in the past two weeks)! Snap isn't a for-sure addition yet, as bucklings are worth more than wethers. So if Sarah has someone interested in him as a buck, they'll get first priority. If no one is interested, then he's ours!
At any rate, it will be an adventure! Meet Sally...and Snap!