In June of 2016 we were smack dab in the middle of escrow on our farmhouse when my daughter found a craigslist ad for a couple of two week old Nigerian Dwarf doelings. My daughter and I
have a crazy affinity for tiny farm animals, most likely because we are 5’1 and 5’2 respectively. For some reason the practicality of getting goats before we closed on our property did nothing to dissuade us from driving two hours to acquire these little darlings; thankfully the family was happy to keep them for us until we moved. After we had driven away we got a call asking if we would be interested in their four other goats and we of course said, “yes!”
A month later we got our keys and the next day we were driving back to get our little herd with the knowledge we had no real fenced area to put them in. The boxes stayed pretty much unpacked that weekend while we put in fence posts, pulled fencing and built a barn area in our garage for the nights. Looking back, I now know we were a bit crazy and not completely goat informed but we have made it work and gained quite a bit of knowledge along the way. All of our goaties are doing great and we have had six new kids this past year. Each of our goats has their own unique personalities which I will have fun revealing along the way in my blog. You can also look forward to some articles and photos of the cheese and milk products Brandon makes from the goat milk. So, now you know how are herd came to The Smith Farmhouse , I gladly introduce to you these diverse characters.
Daisy: mom of Boo, Gilly and Agnes
Buttercup: mom of Tot, currently pregnant and due July 2018
Boo: mom of Sabrina
Gilly: currently pregnant and due in August
Agnes: loves to sit in your lap.
Sabrina : Shy and stays her distance
Tot: was only 1 pound at birth, he is still small for a mature Nigerian Dwarf.
Chip: Our herd sire