Paring down the herd has been a process.
I pared down in three steps and wrote several blogs posts along the way. The first post, Selling Goats – How I Changed My Business Mindset, was a collection of my farm and business thoughts geared towards keeping manageable numbers. I wrote the second post, Pruning- It Isn’t So Easy, after I realized that selling the goats was more difficult than I had originally thought.
Very recently, not long after I published the third blog post, I realized that I needed to pare down the herd even more. I am so elated to be able to say that no sadness rolled over me when I made the decision to sell. I was determined. I knew the end result that I wanted. I just did it.
We are now down to our original goat herd. Some of the older gals on our farm are in retirement. We own a few boer goats that will be bred occasionally. We have six dairy goats that will bred to keep the girls in milk for Annie’s Goat Hill milk-based products.
We are now purposely breeding for a warmer kidding season. Gone are the days of kids born in sub-freezing temperatures. Gone are the days of a barn full of kids. We are breeding only for exact needs.
Just a few mornings ago, the day after the last sold goats left our farm, new kids were born. Ask me if I smiled. Babies (purposely) born in May. It is warm. The kids are healthy. I am totally enjoying the newest dairy youngsters!
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