In June of 2013 we brought home our first two Nigerian babies along with a milker. We spent the summer learning how to milk and enjoying the sweetness of these creatures. We didn't have enough milk for our family, so in February we bought two bred Minialpines. We were surprised at their gentleness. We enjoyed having enough milk to drink but wanted to have more for making cheese, yogurt, and soap. We therefore, bought three Alpines in the fall, and were amazed at their serenity. We now have plenty of milk to work with. We love what these animals have brought to our lives. We call the babies puppy goats. A friend who purchased her first goats was amazed at how lovable they are. She said that they are friendlier than dogs which is worthy of consideration. Michael, Valerie, and Steven are the chief milkers and have worked hard at developing their animals. They show their goats at the Clark County Fair and the Lord has blessed their hard work. If you are interested in having goats or have questions, don't hesitate to contact us. We have asked a lot of questions ourselves, done lots of research through the library and the Internet and have benefited greatly from those who have gone before us. One of the perks of having goats is the phenomenal garden we have had. Lots of sugar peas, beans, tomatoes, squash, kale, broccoli, eggplant, cucumbers, even cantaloupe and the best watermelon I have ever tasted. We didn't water much and didn't weed. We just put the goat leavings on the garden space and planted in it last spring. In fact our garden got its second growth spirt after the recent rains. We also have a plethora of plum, apples, and self-pollinating kiwi at different times during the season not to mention free range eggs. All of our goats have come from CAE and CL free herds which we will be testing for again this fall. We are located in Southwest Washington.
We love all of our goats. Each and everyone of them have their own personalities. Four legged kids are just as diverse as two legged. Nigerian Dwarfs have the sweetest, creamiest milk, and the Alpines are so gentle. Initially, we bought Nigerians, because I was intimidated by the larger animals. I had no idea they were so easygoing and trusting. We did not use to breed for full Alpines, because they dwarf our acreage of almost 4 acres, but we just decided to breed our alpine does for full alpines to increase their milk supply. For us, the Minis are a good fit, because we get the benefit of the creamy Nigerian milk and the mellowness of the Alpine, not to mention the capacious udder.