On sunday himself and I went on a goat course, organised by DASH. Not ideal that I am knackered, to say the least, from having had a stupid summer lurgy, and probably could have happily slept through the whole day, but I stubbornly went, because I had managed to miss two courses already.
We are not in a position to get goats right now.. but I love goats milk and goats cheese etc, and having wondered if it was possible for at least 5 years, decided the best bet was to go along, learn a little, see the animals in situ, and see what we think.
Like other courses we have been on, this was very informative, yet informal, the other DASH members friendly, and we learnt a lot. And I had some of my questions answered.. such as on goats and sheep being together (it’s all about copper), and fences (not so scary – and he managed to have both goats and garden) and the goats themselves were very appealing, but the big question – houseing and space. And yes.. we do actually have enough…well… we will have once we have cleared some ground, fenced.. built a small barn…
OK, so it is still on the ‘maybe one day’ plan, but I did wonder if this exercise would prove it would not be possible to keep goats, and that hasn’t happened.
The big problem would be the commitment. As far as I am concerned.. nice though they are, the whole reason for keeping goats is for milk, with a by product of meat. And milking twice a day is a commitment for sure.
We had a go at milking, and it was easy enough. How it will feel if we all have ‘flu, and its cold and my fingers ache from all the other milking… on the other hand… all that milk and cheese etc….
Well now we have the information, we can think it over. It’s a nice dream.