December 18, 2015 | Posted in:Family
Allow me to deviate from all things automotive to tell you about our goats.
I spent a great part of the summer working on getting our barn in order and repairing the fence in anticipation of these four beautiful and funny goats. Some friends of ours downsized their farm and wanted to know if we’d take the goats. Uh, twist my arm! I am a huge fan of goats. It’s hard to believe that we’ve had them for almost two months! They add a lot of amusement and cuteness to our place.
When my husband’s parents bought this house in 1978, they had kept horses and some other animals here, but there hadn’t been any livestock on the property since the last horse left in early 2010. The two acres was kind of lonely without animals…..not to mention the extra yard work that had to be done. Let’s just say that yard work is far from my favorite task. I can’t walk past a plant with “poison” in the name without breaking out into a rash.
While they don’t eat garbage (a huge misconception,) they do eat poison ivy, and that is an equally valuable service. If you think a goat isn’t listening to you, try opening the feed sack – they can hear it rustle from a mile away. They love to chat. There may or may not be video evidence of me having conversations with the goats. Goats are very smart animals. I don’t know how they knew when I was planning on giving them their regular dewormer, but somehow they figured it out….but stopped caring once I lured them over with a little sweet feed. Talk about bait and switch!
They are also as amusing as the funny goats you see on YouTube.
The plan is to have these guys as a foundation for raising meat goats, which we plan to do next spring. These goats will always be here and will keep any other stock company. (Put the curry powder and the soup pot away.) I find the company of these goats very rewarding. They are much better at posing for pictures than the chickens, and well….did I mention the reduction of yard work?
Goats. I love them.
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