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Date:10/31/2014 10:19:03 AM
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Have you looked into milk goats vs. milk cows!?!?! I chose goats for several reasons: initial cost of animal, cost of housing, cost of feeding, SIZE of animal (plus daily production...)! Goats seemed an obvious choice for us! Didn't breed my girls this fall because I had surgery in November, but plan to breed them this year... want to use their milk for soap making as well as our daily milk/dairy needs: cheese, yogurt, ice cream - yes, ice cream is a daily 'need' for my hubby!

From what I've read, Pygora 'hair' comes in three types and you don't always know which one your offspring will have. However, you are correct about the 'hair' changing as the animal ages, but you have babies every year and so different grades for different uses! Also, if you have a dairy goat or two you can just house them with your fiber herd so they have friends. A single cow would be a LONELY cow!!!

When we moved here three years ago, we had about $20K in savings (from the sale of our previous home). We "planned" to use this money to make a few improvements and/or go solar. Unfortunately, when we got here the roof was leaking and the floors were like roller coasters... ALL our savings went into having the house leveled and a whole new roof installed!!! We wanted metal, but just couldn't afford it, so we went with the highest grade shingle available. There is STILL a huge, ugly spot in our bedroom's ceiling from the leak, but there was no money left for the "cosmetic repairs" once the actual problems were fixed! Been staring at that ceiling for THREE years... UGH!
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