“A day in the country is worth a month in town”Christina Rossetti

Thursday, April 7, 2011


I finally got the 22 goats to the fields without having to prod, carry, or drag a single animal this morning. All the nannies and kids made it to the field on their own, and all I had to do was close the gate. Yes!
Its a bit wobbly, but so am I in the mud!

This means that when we have to get them to another gate or field, they will likely follow pretty well from now on.
Don't worry. There will be sure to be that one goat every day or two to be a bugger, but better just one or two than the whole bunch.Zola's boys climbing around for a taste of hay.
Our clear, spring fed water.


Lois Evensen said...

So very cute. I love seeing the kids running and playing. The spring water looks wonderful - I grew up with spring water so know what I am missing now in the city.

Linda Myers said...

I love your videos. Do you keep your goats for pleasure, do you sell them, do you milk them?

Deere Driver said...


These animals are a pleasure to be around. They started as lawn mowers, but they are a meat goat breed. We only milk them when they kid and one of the kids has trouble nursing.

We actually processed two last November for meat and it is impressively sweet and lean red meat.

The males usually are dehorned and wethered (castrated)to become market goats for 4-H projects. I just sold Andouille and Aidan to 4-H kids for this summer's Westmoreland Fair. We start weaning this week-end so that they can go to their new homes and train for showing. Market goats end up at the butcher or sometimes they are adopted, but the intent of these projects is to thin the male population whether its lambs, cows or swine.