David and Jennifer have long admired how goats are super efficient at turning grass, scrub, bush and especially land that wouldn’t be good for growing crops for people into protein that people can eat. They also love the personality and physical appearance of their animals and delight in caring for them. Kidding season is particularly exciting with goat kids in the house by the fire, older ones sheltered in the sheds and on nice days, wandering the gardens.
They make friends early with the future milkers so the animals aren’t bothered about hopping up on the stand and being handled, inspections are always welcome, and sometimes guests are put to work bottle feeding the kids.
Goats are easy on the environment, using less water and feed than cows to produce comparable amount of milk and leaving small scattered droppings that need no further composting before using on the garden. They are tidy in the shed with no need for affluent disposal and less chemical cleanup residue passed on in the grounds.