Management of goats involves much more than milking, feeding, worming and medication.
Responsibility in maintaining the “numbers” is essential. Meaning, focus on the goats that you can easily manage, and part with anything above that number.
If you are considering raising goats, keep your costs in mind. Before you begin breeding your goats, or even before you purchase additional goats (or first goats), know what the feed costs are going to be. Know what the fencing costs are going to be. Shelter is another factor that must be considered. Above all, stock the medicine cabinet before you purchase goats. Do not assume they will not get sick, they will, and they do.
When you begin breeding your goats, remember that a doe generally produces 2 or 3 kids per season. A goat herd multiplies quickly! That is why I part with goats once or twice a year.
My farm rules are (because I cannot keep a lot of pets): if you produce nice kids (even if it is only one nice kid per season), you raise your kids well, you are easily housed (you do not jump or destroy fences excessively), and if you are maintained without microscopic care (an animal that thrives on feed, browse, and an occasional worming and medication)…you are a keeper, you produce well for my farm. And, very importantly, both the dairy and meat goats (boers) must be able to produce milk. I have had to part with a few beautiful animals that showed a record of little or no milk.
You might say, “That sounds rather tough.” Yes, it is. But I have to run a herd with tight measurement. If I didn’t, I would not be able to keep goats at all.
Now I need to prepare for the 2nd goat sale within the week. Busy day ahead…and tomorrow I will smile at the remaining herd and say, “Get yourself ready for new milk and kids!”