So once you’ve been smitten with the goat
bug, you need to decide what kind, and how many. So there are numerous varieties of goats,
and they come from different places, and they’ve been adapted for different purposes. We started
out with the Nubians. And the Nubians are the ones with the big, floppy bunny rabbit
ears. And they give the best milk. The highest quality, highest butterfat milk. So we started
out with a Nubian who was with us until recently. In fact, our original goat mothered these,
this one, and they’re being bottle fed now. We bred the Nubian to the Boer, which is a
big, robust meat goat. And then we added Alpine, and Saanen. Alpine and Saanen both being excellent
dairy breeds. And what we’ve created here is a whole new breed, perhaps. Albosean, or
Albopian, we’ll have to find an appropriate name for it. As far as how many goats, that
really depends on what your purposes are. If you’re going to raise just a couple of
pets, well you’ll probably want to limit it to one or two dams, one or two does, and then
each year, you’ll get one or two kids from each one. Your housing capacity, your pasture,
your food and just what kind of goals you have with your goat herd will determine from
there how many to get. You absolutely need two goats though, they are social animals.
And you probably wouldn’t want to put one goat in a barnyard, she’d be lonely.