Inexpensive pastured dairy goat for sale
Do you need an
inexpensive starter goat for a pastured dairy herd? Abigail's going to
be available as soon as Artemesia's kids are born in a month. Perhaps
you'd like to take her home with you?
Here are some stats:
- She's an unregistered Saanan x Nigerian cross.
- She's in her milking peak (3 years old).
- She can be bred in spring or fall (and is actually in heat today).
- Milk production is uncertain --- I was learning while milking her last year and know I lowered production a lot. You can see her lactation curve here.
- Milk flavor is very good. I haven't had anyone tell me it tasted
goaty, although my brother thought it was almost too rich to drink
- She's never been wormed and seems to have both parasite-resistant
behavior and genes. (She won't touch any food on the ground, for
- She's never been fed grain (well, except for a head of sorghum
once in a blue moon for a treat) and keeps her weight on well with
alfalfa pellets, roots, and hay.
moderately well trained. She'll jump up on a milking stanchion on
command and only grumbles a bit when you trim her hooves or milk her.
She'll walk on a leash (although she pulls a bit if she gets excited)
and comes when she's called (as long as there's not something tasty
within reach). She follows off leash as long as you're not close to the
garden. She handles being tethered well, knows not to get her horns
stuck in cattle panels, and understands electrified poultry netting. In
her previous life, she was herded with dogs. (Okay, this sounds like
she's really well trained. But
you haven't met Artemesia --- when our other goat gets ready to chomp
down on a raspberry leaf, I just say her name in a moderately stern tone
of voice and Artemesia generally obeys me and moves over. My standards
are abnormally high.)
- We paid $125 for Abigail and aren't looking to make a profit.
And some stats you might find less enticing:
of the times she was bred, Abigail produced a single kid. (This isn't
necessarily a bad thing, especially if you want to maximize
- She has horns and uses them on other goats (although never on
humans). This would actually be a plus if you kept Abigail in a large
pasture that could see predator pressure. (She's very alert at fending
off potential dangers.) But this is a minus if you want to keep her in a
very small herd (like ours) with a hornless goat of a submissive
variety. Basically, she can be a bully to smaller, weaker animals. (Yes,
this is why we're moving her on.)
Still interested? Then drop me an email at email@example.com.
I want to line up up someone who's willing to take her as soon as
Artemesia's kids are born, so that means you'd need to have your
infrastructure in place and at least one companion goat for Abigail.
(No, she can't live without goat companionship...and you wouldn't want
her to since she'd cry like crazy!)
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So, what do you think? Ready for some pastured dairy of your very own?