Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kinder Goats For Us

This past weekend Tim drove up to northeastern Kansas to purchase a couple of little Kinder goats. He was actually also picking up a baler so the goats were a plus in the whole deal!
Kinder goats are a dual purpose goat (meat/dairy) that are a mix between a nubian and pygmy.
If you would like to learn more about them you can go to these links:

Kinder Goat Breeders Association
Oklahoma State University Education: Breeds of Goats

This is a new venture for us and we're excited about the possibilities, but also aware of the commitment that we've taken on..
Eventually, it is our hope to have these two breed and the doe produce offspring to sell. Kinders are prolific bearers and it isn't uncommon for a doe to birth quadruplets. Milk consumption for our family is also a goal. In recent years, I've become lactose intolerant and hope that since goats milk is more easily digestable it will solve my milk drinking woes. The girls and I hope to try our hand at soaps, lotions, and cheese-making, too.
Oh the plans we have for these two!
By the way their names are Willow and Daisy. Willow our buck is the brown colored one while the doe, Daisy, is the black and white goat. It is my desire that the future herd would also have botanically inspired names.
Strangely, I thought this summer would be a more laid back one, but what with taking care of goats and bottle-feeding three Holstien calves, gardening, and trying to attempt some schooling it's definitely been a busier one.
But I wouldn't have it any other way!
Blessings, Julie


Dana said...

I wish you well on your new adventure! My daughter just came back from camp where she was surrounded by animals... including goats. We both want a goat (or goats?) when we move to the ranch. Thanks for information!!!

Twisted said...

The goats sound like a lot of fun. I'm not showing your post to Herogian or I'd never hear the end of him wanting some. He is getting tired of cleaning the chicken coop. I think that might be one of the reasons he is doing 5 weeks of scout and animal science camps. LOL.
Have a great summer.

Jennifer Hoots said...

They are so cute! And look how calm they are being held! I can't wait to hear how it goes.

Anonymous said...

It's nice to meet another Kinder goat owner :) We've been raising them for about 8 years now -- have done the milking, goat midwifery, and raw milk. Right now, our season is to enjoy them as pets.

Have a blessed Sunday,