If all goes as planned today, by the end of the day, we will be out of goats. This decision has been coming. Several months ago, I sold half the herd to a Christian community in South Carolina. I felt good about where the goats went: they are being relied upon to feed 60 individuals. I believe if animals are relied upon in this manner, they will be well cared for. I have received monthly updates and now that they are starting to kid, I’m receiving photographs of the kids. That’s a good thing.
This weekend, I replied to an update asking if he wanted to buy the rest of the goats for a really good price. They are worth well more than what I offered them for, but piece of mind is well worth the few extra hundred dollars I might be able to get for them elsewhere. He agreed and is coming to get them today. I put them on Craigslist and received numerous telephone calls and e-mails, but no one struck me as being a good fit for these goats.
It’s going to be bittersweet. I have had little interest in milking goats since last year. I dried them off sooner than they needed to be because, quite frankly, I didn’t feel like dealing with them.
I prefer my Jerseys. Plain and simple.
Plus, there’s the ongoing issue with the neighbor. Whenever we put the goats down in the lower pasture, we both fret that they’ll get out and get on her property. Properly fencing a pasture to keep in goats is expensive. Money we really do not want to invest. Cows are much easier to keep in a pasture.
The money from the goats is going to go into temporary electric fencing for the cattle, purchasing ducks and fencing for the ducks. We’ll take over what is now the goat pasture for the ducks, but before we do that, we need to figure out how to prevent them from going through the field fence that’s there. We may go with electric netting and only charge it at night; or we may install a brand new fence with smaller holes in the fence (i.e. horse or goat fence). It’s not a large area, but plenty big enough for a flock of ducks, especially if we rotate them between this pasture and the poultry pasture.
Wally and I need to do what we feel is right for this farm. I know we will disappoint some people by this decision and I am sorry for that. This farm is growing and I think in order to grow, you need to sometimes make difficult decisions/changes.
Until later …