Raising your own homestead goats as dairy animals is a great way to get connected to your food source. Goats are not only a fabulous source of high quality milk, but are an incredibly versatile animal on a homestead. Homestead goats can also provide meat, fiber, carry a pack, clear brush, or serve as a livestock companion. Dairy goats have endearing personalities, which make them a joy to keep on virtually any size homestead….
Buying goats is a significant investment – not just in the animals, but in all the time and equipment needed to care for them. We share 6 Mistakes to avoid when buying goats, plus questions to ask your goat breeder, red flags to watch for and reasons to buy registered goats. For better or worse, anyone with excess goats can announce they have “goats for sale”, so it’s up the buyer to protect their own interests.
“Mistakes are a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you’ve got something to share.”
— Steve Harvey…
One of the most popular reasons for adding goats to the homestead is as dairy animals. Once you decide that keeping dairy goats is right for you, and you can accommodate them on your homestead, there are a few more considerations before getting your first pail of milk.
Keeping Homestead Dairy Goats: What Age To Get
One way to begin keeping dairy goats is to purchase doelings. You get to be there as the animal grows, and train them to a lead and the milking stand. You can become very bonded to the animal and have them be very used to you. This is a good way of obtaining high quality stock and also avoiding possible behavior problems. The biggest downside is there’s quite a long wait from the time you bring the animal home to the time you get your first taste of their milk….