Me and Hubby have been kicking around the idea of getting into the goat business. We had an "issue" with the bull and him wanting to kill the four wheeler about a week ago. Don't ask. So, we got to thinking, a 200 lbs billy would probably be easier to handle than a 2000 lbs bull. Don't get me wrong, we still want to keep a couple cows for our own calves to eat. But, we would just "borrow" the neighbor's bull. lol.
Before we just jumped into getting a million goats,(okay maybe an exaggeration.) we are looking into what kind of goat business we want to get into. Do we want to go for meat goats or, do we want to go for dairy, or, maybe a mixer of both? Anyway, we are studying the markets. We are asking people their opinions. We are learning about different products that goats can be used for. You know, just checking on if it would be worth the money invested to get into the goat business any deeper.
One of the things I did was call the extension agent here in our county. I heard she was very knowledgeable about goats. But guess what, she was on maternity leave. The nerve of her! lol. So I called 3 more extension agents from 3 different counties. All were busy and would have to call me back.
Skip forward 2 weeks. I finally got a phone call today from the secretary of one of the extension agents. She said that the extension agent that I wanted to talk to would be going out of the town and wouldn't be back until next week. Would I like to talk to the extension agent's assistance? I told her I would. Someone is better than no one. At least that's what I thought.
When he got on the line he was nice enough. He, at first, was trying to act like he knew what he was talking about. That was until I started asking him questions. He kept back peddling on his answers. Then after a few minutes he declared that he was more knowledgeable about plants instead of animals and that I should call back next week and talk to the extension agent. Well, that's what I wanted to do! Thanks for wasting my time. I understand if the man didn't know anything about animals. But, don't tell me you do when you don't. Oh well.
Now I'm going to ask all my blogger friends out there who have goats or whoever wants to put their two cents worth in. Would a goat farm be worth investing money in?
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, goat farmer?