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Old 09-07-2011, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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on the "i could never eat my goats" line of thinking...
i have to ask, are you vegitatrian/vegan?
or is t the idea of goats as meat or simply the idea of your own animals becomming meat?

personally id prefer to slaughter/butcher and eat MY lvestock than eat anythign bought at the store...at least i know any livestock raised on my land has been humanely treated, lived a GOOD life with good food, sunshine and plenty of space, hasnt been filled with hormones, antibiotics and sterioids just to get it to market weight quicker ect...
id rather eat healthy meat that led a full rich life than that junk (even organic and "free range") they sell in the grocery store thanks.

dairy goats arnt bred to be eaten, there bred to be bred so they can give birth and privde milk...
meat goats are bred to become meat...goats meat is very nice when cooked properly...
justlike some breeds of sheep are bred for meat, some for wool, some for both, or chickens, some arefor eggs others for meat...

my general rule of thumb is "you earn your keep" if your providing me with good milk for drinking and making cheese then your earning your keep...if not ill ether have to sell you to buy someone that can, or, welcome to the stew pot...same goes for almost any LIVESTOCK...
but at least i know any animal im sending to slaughter has been raised with a kind caring hand and lived a good lifeof sunshine fresh air, grass and dirt ect...rather than cramped feedlots and manufactured hormone enriched food.

even my pets are expected to do something to earn their keep...except my fish...they pretty much get a free ride lol...
Not vegan at all, and my goats do plenty to earn their keep without becoming dinner.
They naturally keep the paddocks mowed down without having to resort to using an internal combustion device to do that job, and they also provide fertilizer and milk for cheese, etc.
We have a wonderful venue right up the road that provides us with organic, free range meats, poultry and such.
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:30 PM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
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Well the first goat paddock is almost done,have two more cattle panels to put up and to work out a gate,didn't want to trap myself inside...

We have decided to go with Boer goats,going to get two or three,this is Mrs oz' Birthday present...HER choice too,what a good little homesteader.

We ended up using cattle panels and t-posts,originally was simply going to wire the panels to the t-posts,but me being me,I used the clips provided and have now built a rather permanent temporary fence...I do that it seems.

I also tried my hand at building a little goat shelter,two pallets nailed together,a 8' panel bent over to form the roof and a piece of OSB on the back.Just need to get a good tarp to cover it.It is a little small,should be 20 square feet and is a little over 16 square feet....but I can add another pallet later on.

Hopefully will be going to look at some Boer goats this weekend.
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:29 PM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
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Well after some rigamarole.the goats are here.
Three Boer Does,two young ones and one older,who follows me round.

Pics will be forthcoming.
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Well after some rigamarole.the goats are here.
Three Boer Does,two young ones and one older,who follows me round.

Pics will be forthcoming.
Good for you, our goats are like dogs, they follow us everywhere.
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:44 PM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
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Went down to the goat paddock to feed them,it is funny,they actually do follow you round,wherever you stop,they stop and start eating...
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:48 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Dumb question, and I don't know if you have kids, but will you be able to take Fluffy and Bojangles and Spot and Grumpy, etc. to be slaughtered (no negative connotation using that word, by the way. I grew up on a farm with beeves) when the time comes?


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Went down to the goat paddock to feed them,it is funny,they actually do follow you round,wherever you stop,they stop and start eating...

Hmmmm.
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Went down to the goat paddock to feed them,it is funny,they actually do follow you round,wherever you stop,they stop and start eating...
Just wait til they start asking for treats!
And they will......
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:47 PM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
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Hmmmm.
Don't worry,THIS group will most likely live out their days....

Their offspring however,off to freezer camp for them....
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:09 PM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
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Just wait til they start asking for treats!
And they will......
I need to go buy some,but wanted to find out what the seller used.

Although I think they will eat just about anything.
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I need to go buy some,but wanted to find out what the seller used.

Although I think they will eat just about anything.
Mine are particularly fond of apple slices, but you're right, they'll eat just about anything.
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