A few weeks ago we got some goats free from a friend.
- Got Goats?
The brown one is Gabriel and the white one is Simeon. Goats make sense to me for my property because I have so much overgrowth of berry bushes and wild roses. I like berries but 160 acres of them is too much. Since we plan to thin our property down for fire safety, it makes sense to raise goats.
Ah but I have heard stories dear! Yes most of the people I have heard of owning goats around here – no longer do. Why? Not sure but whenever I talk about them at the hardware store – everyone seems to say “I hate goats”.
These two are pretty well mannered and I like walking them around and guiding them to interesting cuisine.
My son’s handle for several websites is “missing goat” which just cracks me up when I look at these goats. My wife just cracks up about them as well.
Before picking up the goats I built them a nice lean-to for shelter that is portable. I then picked up some fence sections to create a mobile pen for them to stay in. I move it every few days to keep them from over grazing and running away.
A few days ago I had them wandering around – usually they stay with me. But when I checked on them they were gone. I couldn’t find them anywhere. After about 48 hours of them missing, I decided to put signs up around the area. That afternoon a neighboor called and we picked them up. The goats had apparently run down the road a couple of miles to where a herd of other goats were. They seem to like company!
So that’s my first entry concerning our new adventure in Goat Herding.
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