Goats.

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I never was particularly attracted to them.  They’re bony, their bodies are out of proportion, they didn’t register on my cute animal meter, and they really were never on my radar of “things I hope I own one day”.

They don’t have the majestic beauty of a horse.

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They don’t have the big, round, teddy bear eyes that a cow has.

They don’t cuddle with you like a cat.

They’re not all cute and fuzzy like a bunny.

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They don’t protect you like a dog.

BUT…..in case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been converted.  Goats are quite possibly nature’s best animal.

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1.  They fit in the back of a truck. (cow doesn’t)

2.  The stuff that comes out of their underside is very valuable.  (not so with a dog)

3.  The stuff that comes out of their back end is AWESOME for the garden.  (don’t even go there with a cat)

4.  They have really cute babies.  (OK, I’ll give that one to all of the above mentioned animals.)

5.  They provide meat, hair and hide, and if you’re my husband, Rocky Mountain (Goat) Oysters.

6.  Their gestation is only 5 months! (9 1/2 for a cow)

7.  They don’t require a large amount of space.  (Horse?  Cow?)

8.  They are awesome at fire mitigation.

So, now, I love goats.  Not to say the others aren’t great too, but goats really are an incredible amount of everything put into a small, bony, out of proportion, horizontally pupiled, milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream producing, sweet, curious, cute animal.

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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5 Responses to Goats.

  1. lisaeanton says:

    I took your class in Nov 2010 and we are finally moving to a rental on 5 acres where we can have chickens and goats. So excited!

  2. Clara Lander says:

    I love the photos of the kids…two footed and four, and Monte (I love that big dog). I agree that goats are a really lovable bunch(herd) and very useful for various reasons.

  3. Cyndi says:

    Now I want one! 🙂

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