The first animal my husband and i decided we wanted to raise was goats. Want to get some strong opinions about livestock from everyone you know? Tell them you want to raise goats…. they’re sure to give you an opinion. Sheep farmers think goats are too much work, cow’s milk drinkers think goats’ milk tastes funny, and almost everyone thinks goats can’t possibly be fenced and will be the menace of the neighborhood…..
It was time for us to chat with some GOAT farmers. And chat we did. We headed up highway 223 just shy of Dallas to Fairview Farm, to meet a beautiful flock of Nubians, Alpines and productive crosses of each breed. Farmers, Laurie and Terry had lots of great things to say about their goats and had wonderful recommendations for us, all while we snacked on some DELICIOUS soft serve ice cream.
On just 6 acres, Fairview Farm has enough goats to “churn out” heaps of delicious cheese, milk, yogurt and did i mention ice cream? Just look at those faces… so sweet. Folks who don’t like goats are just crazy. They’re like giant, flop-eared dogs full of delicious ice cream. You can’t beat it!
We can’t wait to have some of our own… though we’ll have to figure out the ‘keep the coyotes and pumas out of the pasture’ issue first. Losing a chicken to a predator is devastating enough… but a family milk goat? Not okay. If we end up landing at the farm we’ve put a bid on, we’ll be surrounded by quite a bit of wilderness, that most likely contains a fair number of predators. We’ve discussed getting a llama… but will we need a guardian dog?
How about you? Goats: love ’em or don’t trust ’em. Guardian animals: burro? dog? llama? high fences??