Dairy goats joined our farm in July 2009.
I only regret that we didn't add them sooner. Our Fiona is
especially adept at milking and loves goats. Here she is
shown with our first goat, a smaller sized Saanen, named
"Mary."
Mary was a great goat for us to start
with because she is so incredibly
friendly and gentle and relaxed. She
doesn't even need to be locked in a
head gate for the children to be able to
milk her. The photo at left is of Fiona
milking Mary for the first time. We've
since purchased a stainless steel milking
bucket and strainer. I am now making
lavender goat milk soap and am
venturing into goat cheeses as well,
which family and friends are really
enjoying.

At left is our 2nd doe, Scarlet. She is a
purebred Nubian and very, very friendly
and sweet. She always wants a big hug
after she is milked. We are loving how
tame and fun the goats are to have
around.

I decided to breed the does to a
Nigerian Dwarf buck so that I didn't
have to worry about the children
handling or being around a larger breed
buck this year. Both Mikaela and Fiona
hope to show kids from Mary and
Scarlet next summer in 4H. Below and
at right are photos of Ceasar, a
well-built and very well mannered buck.
He came to us from
Terry Babb, who
raises Nigerian Dwarf goats in
Alabama. I am very impressed by
Ceasar's temperament, he's easy-going,
not pushy and very respectful of fences
and people.
All of our goats were tested in 2009 for
CL, CAE and Johnes and all are disease
free.
Trixie is our Alpine doe, shown at right
(she is 4 1/2). She joined our farm in
November 2009.
After living with our goats for a year, we decided we
really like the Nubians, so we added a yearling
Nubian buck, named "Ramses" to our small goat
herd. Ramses is shown at right with Ceasar (Ramses
has also had his bloodwork done and is healthy).
Ramses and Ceasar are good buddies and hang out
with the llamas and alpacas.