View Full Version : From Horses To Goats - Yes, I Am Now A Goat Breeder!
Feb. 22, 2013, 01:33 AM
OK, so when I had Locke Meadows for the past 15 years or so, I was all into the show horse thing and breeding a few ponies and warmbloods on the side. We had no typical farm animals. We were a show barn and that was that.
Fast forward to two years ago. I moved into the sticks of West Virginia to be with someone I loved. He is an equine dentist and we had a few horses, some ducks, and some cats. The longer I live up here, the more into "farming" I get. To the point I now have something like 70 chickens, a bunch of ducks, a few donkeys, and of course horses, cats, dogs, and bottle baby lambs and calves.
My latest adventure takes the cake. As of Feb 18, 2013, I am now licenced in the state of West Virginia as... Misty Meadows Boer Goats. I'm breeding show goats and it is so much fun! As of this past week, I'm getting into painted and dappled goats. The does (females), average about $1,500 each, so I'm slowly building up my herd. You can check out my small, but growing herd of goats at www.facebook.com/mistymeadowsboergoats I'm so excited. These guys are beautiful and I'm now looking in to doing shipped semen for several of my nannies to get bloodlines from out West. Get this...semen is $20-$75 a dose for "show" stock and $200 for World Champions!! Now I just have to find a vet around here that AI's goats.
Feb. 22, 2013, 06:32 AM
Oh man... I LOVE GOATS. I so wish I could have some.
I think they're hilarious (from what I've seen of them, never owned one though); and of course they're adorable.
Also, I came across this (http://youtu.be/uiJVJ9kn1qw) video via Facebook the other day and have watched it no less than 20 times (fact).
It makes me LOL every.single.time. I watch it. Seriously, it never gets old.
Do a lot of goats sound like that?? Because if so, I REALLY NEED to get some goats. Because I hate my HOA....
Feb. 22, 2013, 06:49 AM
Yes Reese, they do sound like that. I have a newbian and pygmy who think they are brothers. When one loses sight of the other, they SCREAM at the top of their lungs (yup-herd bound goats). I have a few videos on the subject but have yet to upload to youtube. They are destructive and tyranical, (I have to lock up any and all leather/feed/garbage) and the devils even have been known to get in the stalls and try to bully 'lower totem pole' horses off their grain. But they make me laugh every.single.day.
Feb. 22, 2013, 07:11 AM
I HAVE to have GOATS!!!!
I need to move out to the country first, though... I don't think they'd enjoy townhouse living any more than I do.
Feb. 22, 2013, 10:02 AM
my first venture is nigerian dwarf goats... love them! Expecting my first kids this summer. They don't bring as much money though, but are still hilarious!
Feb. 22, 2013, 10:12 AM
We used to milk a few goats, the bigger ones, nubians with a few alpines just for fun.
We also put on 4H and registered goat shows.
Nothing cuter than a stall full of kids bouncing around.
Until you have to go in there with your arms full of coke bottles with rubber nipples and are being mobbed by the kids, as they pull and pull and try to get some nipples off the bottles, before they all settle to nurse more or less quietly.:lol:
I wish we had video cameras then!;)
I knew of one goat breeder that had two yards, one on each side of the goat barn and ramps and ladders going up and over the barn from one yard to the other.
The goats absolutely loved to make a race track out of that set up.
I wish you well with your mad but fun business.:yes:
Feb. 22, 2013, 10:16 AM
I have Goat Envy.
Every year I go to the Fair and drool over the Nubians & Nubian crosses.
Every year I go home and realize my fencing would need to be redone.
And ask myself if I really need to add a 5th species to care for (horses, cats, chickens, goldtrout...)
Now a frien d has a herd of 4 and her describing their antics is making me itch for a goat of my own.
If only to torture the PonyFromHell.
I am afraid I may crumble.
Feb. 22, 2013, 10:54 AM
I have just two goats right now but I love them; I want to go into the goat business too!
My wether Pigweed barks like a dog too.
Some of those "goats" on the youtube were actually sheep but that's ok, sheep make weird noises too!
Feb. 22, 2013, 11:51 AM
About four years ago my pet pygmy doe died. My husband said NO MORE GOATS! That spring I saw him bidding on a Saanen doe at the auction and then on an alpine wether baby. I quickly purchased my own wether baby also! Since then our focus has changed. I still have my wether but we placed his. We have nubian and oberhasli does and a nubian buck and an oberhasli buck. We LOVE our goats! We milk them and drink the milk ourselves and also fed an orphan foal two years ago and a steer last year. This year will be pigs!
You can see our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BottomHillFarm?fref=ts
Feb. 22, 2013, 01:10 PM
I have a nubian wether -I just love him! Goats are the best :)
Feb. 22, 2013, 01:25 PM
Feb. 22, 2013, 03:57 PM
You would like my neighbor and "hay guy"s doe named Cinderella.
Feb. 22, 2013, 08:39 PM
I love my goats and they are so funny. Right now they are living in my front yard unti Sean finishes the goat pens. This also means they are hanging out on my front poarch, which means they are pooping on it. I hope the weather is nice enough tomorrow to finish one of the pens. This is getting out of hand... Lol
Feb. 22, 2013, 08:49 PM
I have three nigerian dwarf wethers (one is in my profile pic - his name is Cedric Twitchybritches).
They're the funniest things on four legs. Easy to keep... and the happiest critters, ever. I always wanted goats. Now that I have them I'll always have them.
every time I see kids advertised for sale (or a really cute video) I want more......
Feb. 22, 2013, 10:01 PM
I made the same trade--sort of. I still have the horse business, but I stopped breeding horses and now breed Nigerian Dwarf goats. I have 3 bucks, 9 does and 2 wethers ( thought the wethers and two does are actually owned by others, yes I "board" goats lol). 2013 babies are due to start hitting the ground in March.
I love my goats. Love them. I can't put in to words how charming, sweet, and funny they are!
(Pics on my website, below)