Going Green with Goats!

| 7/29/2009 2:35:24 PM

Jacqueline WiltI can't believe how the summer has flown by! Earlier this summer, as the days turned warmer, we planted our garden. We broke brand-new ground this year, utilizing the rich soil close to the goats' dry lot. Kate was facinated by the whole process and was a big help! She was quite thrilled at having her very own new garden tools (a stellar garage sale buy, I might add!!), and put them right to work!

Kate gardens

She helped me plant our cucumbers. We are enjoying them at this time and are worth all the hard work!

Kate and Jackie plant cucumbers

As I look back on how busy our summer has already been, I am thankful for my hard-working goats! I have been on the lawn mower only twice this year. Granted, our yard is a far cry from "manicured," but it is passable, especially when we live way out where we do!

This shows some of our back yard. The white fence is the portable electric fence we use. You can see how short the grass is. None of it has seen a lawnmower yet!

Our goats appreciate the delicate lawn forage, leaves from over-grown young trees, and scrubby bushes. The last two years we have only used our lawn mower a handful of times. The goats are most happy to help with the yard work. Goats have lots of uses for those of us trying to "Go Green" by saving some money in these hard times, as well as the additional benefit of doing something good for the environment by not using our lawnmower, among other things. Here is a quick list of how goats can help anyone GO GREEN!!

11/25/2011 4:16:35 PM

Friday evening I looked out my kitchen window to see a goat, which I have since learned is a Boer-cross sancho. No idea where she came from but she has been in my vegetable garden ever since. The garden is surrounded by an 8 ft fence, the only fence for miles around. Out-of-town hunters own all the land surrounding me. I am trying to decide whether or not to keep her or give her away since it is unlikely the original owner will ever show up (no tags or tatoos on her). I am surprised to read that you are able to use electric fencing to keep your goats confined. My little girl can jump high.

8/13/2009 2:49:30 PM

I will get some recipes on here for you! We raise our goats for meat. The breed we raise is Boer, but there are lots of other breeds out there that are raised specifically for meat. Kind of like comparing Angus cattle to Holstein cattle. Thank you for reading and keep checking back for more great meat goat articles! --Jackie

Eric Kolber
8/12/2009 3:38:10 PM

I think this was a great article. Very entertaining and helpful. We are very interested in getting goats for our small farm. Do they use their goats for dairy or for meat? I never see any articles on how to cook goat meat. Could you do some articles on goat recipes or what people do with their goats when they raise them for meat. Thank you. I thoroughly enjoy the magazine and the website. Eric Kolber

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