Our purpose in having our goats is to have them produce milk. Well, if you know your basic biology, mammals produce milk after bearing offspring.
We have three goats. I am milking Hannah, she is an older Saanen, we got her when she was pregnant. She gave birth to two kids last February and I have been milking her since then. One of her kids is Esther. We gave away the little buck. And our other goat is Lydia, a La Mancha.
Esther and Lydia are now at that age where they can have their own kids and start to produce milk for us. We don’t have a buck of our own for many reasons: not enough property to keep an extra goat, and the big reason…they stink. So we had to find someone with a buck that would be available for stud.
It took a while but we did find someone and her Nubian buck named Jack of Diamonds. We made the trip to visit Jack, first with Esther and then Lydia. An hour and a half round trip.
So hopefully in mid to late June we will have new baby goats and two more goats to milk. I am hoping that Hannah will continue to produce milk until the two newbies get started and then Hannah can enjoy her retirement. I’ll keep you posted!