Last Summer I brought home my first 2 goats, soon followed by 2 more, and then 2 more in the Fall. It's been a whirlwind of learning these last 7 months and I'm thankful to all the breeders who have spent time talking with me and answering the zillions of questions I asked them, I always had a pen and paper ready whenever I called so I could take notes. There were many books to read and blogs to peruse about goat care. I have followed some blogs over the last year and have learned so much, probably the most from
Wild Roots Homestead and Fiasco Farm . There is a lot to learn about goats, I'm sure once you've been raising them for several years and you fall into good routines the information just becomes a part of you. That's why it's so good to talk to and read information from different people who have raised goats for years, their experience and hands on information to newbies like me is incredibly valuable.
When I bought Zolena and Jersey last July, they were a package deal along with a milking stand and all sorts of supplies that a new goat owner would need. It was truly a lucky day for me to see the ad on craigslist for them, I knew right away when we met, they were meant to come home with me. You can see below all the additional stuff I got, stainless steel milking pails and strainers were valuable right away, along with the milk stand. Included in the supplies there is birthing stuff for this spring, first aid supplies, a banding tool, hoof trimmers and files, brushes and picks, copper bolus, and a variety of misc. stuff that a goat owner needs at certain times.
It was so amazing to get this package deal as a beginner from someone who was getting out of goats. The package was 2 top of the line year old does, a lamancha (milking almost a gallon per day) and a nubian, all the supplies and a milking stand, plus she let me make payments (thank you Beverly). I know that she went onto my blog when picking out her prospective buyer, there were a couple of us who wanted them, and I feel fortunate she chose us here at Applegarth Farm to bless.
I have loved learning all about goats and their care, it's important to me to do it right, and be knowledgeable. We'll be having kids come May and I am going to be like a nervous new mother when Joon goes into labor, hovering over her to make sure everyone is ok. The goats have all become like special members of our family and we cherish them all.