When we moved onto our once acre property we already knew we’d have 1. A garden 2. Chickens and 3. Goats. To us these were a MUST have to live sustainably. So you may ask why goats? Well, goats milk is actually the number one consumed milk in the world. That may become a shock to you if you live in the US like we do. If you go to the grocery store and buy goats milk it will often taste well… “goaty” gross!!
So Melanie, WHY would you want to get goats then? Well, the more i’ve come to learn about the US and our foods the more i’ve began questioning everything we’ve been groomed to know and understand. So, what I did was buy goat milk from a local farmer and gave it another try. We were all SHOCKED about the taste difference. Here’s the thing about goats milk. If you leave it in the refrigerator for longer than 7 days it may develop a more “goaty” taste, also if you put a goat in milk with a buck then it’s likely your milk may taste “goaty” as well. Also, you need to try other goats milk as they don’t all contain the same about of butterfat content. Nigerians are known for their highest butterfat percentage and nubians running behind them. So what’s the difference right? Well, there’s a pretty big difference. A Nigerian goat won’t produce merely the amount of milk that a Nubian goat will produce. While every goat is different, like us humans, it’s been shown on average a Nubian goat will produce a half gallon of milk a day. I haven’t had Nigerians but we’ve had Nigerian Dwarfs and my Nigerian Dwarf goat produced 16 ounces of milk a day, which is merely half of what a Nubian produces.
So aside from milk which makes all kinds of cheeses and goat soaps, goats make the most loveable pets. They’re often considered the “dog” of the farm. They’re adorable, loveable, and make the silliest noises. Quite the entertainment group on the farm.
I told you, they are 100% our most entertaining bunch. We will keep you all posted on any babies born and of course get some footage too.
The most desired goat is the Nigerian Dwarf goat. Here is our youngest goat on our farm, Grits. He will likely be a breeding buck next year. Isn’t he just adorable? These miniature sized goats require less space on the farm making way for more to keep (which for our one acre farm is really important.) They’re also the most playful and energetic bunch which is why they are the most desired. And don’t forget they have the highest butterfat content which by my taste, means it’s creamier.