Our fall class of 2013 was incredible. Goats, goats and more
goats. The weather was in our favor, a little chilly but we were able to spend
lots of time in the barn and to be outside. Classes were held inside so we had
access to a table so we could take tons of notes. Candy, a great friend, joined
us this year and we learned lots form her knowledge of goats. She has a BS in Animal
Health and has been a 4-H leader for 34 years and it showed. She has owned and
shown goats over the years and that added a new dimension to our class.
We learned a lot about he different breeds of goats We have
Nubian, Saanan, Alpines and some that are part Toggenberg. We are planning on
getting some Nigerian dwarfs before the spring class. The breeds are so
different form each other and we did an experiment and had everyone taste the
different milk. We were amazed that they each had a slightly different taste.
It was fun to see which milk came from which breed and which one everyone liked
the best. We learned a lot about nutrition, trimmed hooves, and learned how to
pick out the right goat for each of us. We cover managing your herd, breeding,
kidding, medical problems, milking, tattooing, paper work and record keeping.
We will spend more time on kidding in the spring as I have babies due around
the first of the month. We will also spend a lot of time on baby care as there should
be lots!!!!!! of babies around here by
then. We have 21 does bred for spring :) We built lasting friendships with
those that were here. Everyone tried milking and did an awesome job.
Next class: May 17 & 18, 2014. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
on Monday: May 18, 2014
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fall class: Sept. 13 - 14. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: 10
a.m. - 3 p.m.
class: Sept. 15, 2014
Monday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Goat Farming 101: the cost is $150.00 per person and
$75.00 for a spouse or significant
other. The cost includes lunch on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. You
can register by phone @ 231-826-3607 or Click here to send me an E -mail or Click here to follow us on Facebook. Remember when you come dress for the weather, spring or fall in Michigan are
unpredictable and we spend a lot of time outside playing with goats. Contact us for more details.