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Discussion in 'Food, Water Storage and other Prepper Gear' started by skfullen, Feb 25, 2020.
Trying so very hard to not make baaad goat jokes.
Not gonna do it.
Nubian or Alpine's are good full size goats for milk. Spanish are less overall maintenance, in my opinion. The miniatures can be hard on your back to milk and their kids are more likely to walk through a fence. Goats can get stuck in fences, even without horns. I keep a Great Pyrenees with mine and lock them in a pen at night. Donkeys work well but can kill pet dogs, if they get in the area. They live by the phrase, "the grass is always greener". It'll take many goats to clear up a dozen acres and rotational grazing keeps parasites down.
https://tennesseemeatgoats.com/ has a lot of good info
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Yes! And thanks for your input.
Haha thank yall. I've been reading and lurking, happy to have found TGT in October.
I once read how to determine if your fence will keep goats in. First, you build the absolute best fence you can possibly afford. Then take a bucket of water and throw it against the fence. If the water goes through it, so will the goats.
Also, goats are not lawnmowers. Their preferred diet is not grass. They eat woody plants, brush and weeds. That includes trees. They will strip the bark off of trees and kill them. If you have trees you want to protect, you’ll need to fence around them or wrap them with chicken wire or rabbit wire up to a height the goats can’t reach.
Finally, goats are herd animals, not solitary creatures. They HATE being alone. If you have one goat, it will be a very unhappy goat.
And you can’t buy goats, turn them out on the pasture and then never pay attention to them. You have to check them for parasites and general health, trim their hooves, make sure they are getting the minerals they need, etc.
They must have FRESH water and supplemental feed when the grazing is sparse.
For the last 25 years I keep 15 to 30 Pygmy Goats on 8 acres. I also keep 2 Jennies with them but they have separate barns. The goats HATE RAIN! They will come SCREAMING in from the pasture when the drizzle starts.
I chose Pygmys because my fences will last a little longer with the small stature.
I need a certain number of livestock for the AG Exemption. My Granny used to raise Spanish goats but I wanted smaller ones.
I don't use the milk but I sell them as meat goats.
Plenty of locals want cabrito.