In the fall of 2016 we brought home two dairy goats – 8 week old Nigerian Dwarf sisters. We wanted a milk supply to supplement our pig feed and figured this was a good place to start. Plus, they’re really cute and fun! Meet Almond (brown eyes) and Cashew (blue eyes). They were clearly not ready to give birth and make milk when we got them, so we let them grow for a while and then added a buck, Pappy, to the “herd” in the spring of 2017 (also blue-eyed!)
So far, the goats have been our easiest animal to keep (knock on wood). They haven’t escaped their pens, been tormented by predators, or been high maintenance as far as care goes. We trim their hooves about once every 2-3 months, keep them stocked with grass hay, vaccinate them yearly, and play with them! We are hoping to have some little goat kids running around with our human kids by spring of 2018.