And so began my want….or…need….to have dairy goats.
Husband did not understand this need, hence, why we do not have them yet!
Husband agreed to consider it if I could gather all of the information together about dairy goats and present it to him. He wanted to know three specific things….
- How much was it going to cost him?
- How often do they need to be milked by me?
- Where on earth are we going to put them?
See what I did there?….
Milking stand : again, are you making your own or purchasing one? You can make your own for as low as $20, or as much as $100.
Half Gallon Mason Jars — you can purchase them from your local feed store, TSC, or on amazon.
One or two Milk Pails — because you’re going to need to put that milk into something before bottling it!
Hoof trimmers: because those hoofs don’t trim themselves.
Mesh Funnel: to trap any hair or debris that got into the milk on the way back to the house.
There are other things that you can buy to make your life easier, but you’ll figure that out as you go along.
…after all, I’ve never even owned goats, but my word, can I research them!!
In the end, we are in the middle of doing small renovations to our home in hopes of selling this coming Spring (2015). Our goal is to purchase a larger lot of land with a home already on it, or on which we can put our home. This would give us more room for more animals and a more self sufficient lifestyle.
But as we know, sometimes life has different plans for us — so if that time never comes, we will be happy and extremely grateful for what we have already….
I wish you the best of luck in your dairy goat journey, if you decide to take that journey. And one day, when we have more land (prayerfully in the next year!), be fully prepared to be bombarded with goat blogs!!
Amy K. Fewell is an author, family herbalist, entrepreneur, homesteader, and homemaker. Living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, her and her family live a natural homesteading lifestyle where they promote self-sufficiency and liberty. Amy is the founder of the Homesteaders of America organization and annual events. You can discover more on this website and at homesteadersofamerica.com