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

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About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Then I was an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life. Now, after moving to the country, I have embarked on life as a rural farmgirl, complete with my husband, the Animal Whisperer, man of exceptional knowledge and patience, two boys who are louder than my sister and I ever were, a herd of milking goats, and a flock of egg-laying chickens. Coyotes, mice, country dogs and prairie dogs are frequent visitors. Just 45 minutes north is Colorado Springs, the setting for our first six years in the goat world. Our family. Our city friends. Our introduction to cheesemaking. But we...and our growing farm and soon-to-be creamery...have set up shop down off of Highway 115 in Penrose, Colorado.
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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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