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NH Homesteader's first kidding season!

Discussion in 'Goats and Sheep' started by NH Homesteader, Feb 19, 2018.

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  1. Apr 14, 2018
    NH Homesteader

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    No kidding. I overdid it this year lol. Next year 3 does, year after I'll have 5 but I won't have a newborn!
     
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    Babies are gone. I'm sad actually, lots of philosophical thoughts on the way home (silent car ride, DD1 read a book and DD2 napped, it's a miracle). I'm going to chat with some people about auction and meat prices. I know people might think I'm a freak but I feel better raising animals for meat than selling them to 10+ years of the unknown..the average person only keeps goats for 3 years. That is a potential 3+ homes that I can't vouch for. Or I can raise them here knowing they are taken care of and the meat will feed families. Including my own.

    We'll see, anyway I'm just having a hard time with it today.
     
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    I feel that way a lot. When I sold show goats it wasn't such a dilemma. I pretty well knew I'd see those goats again - and maybe lose to them in the show ring, lol. Most of the time I knew the people and knew I'd see the goats again. Now it's different. I really don't mind if they're going for meat. It can be much better than the alternative.
     
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    Absolutely, glad it's not just me! DH wants to tan the hides and if we leave the horns I thought maybe they would make good knife handles. He's made them with deer antlers...
     
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    I've got some multi-colored, spotty goats out there that would make beautiful hides.
     
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    You should tan the ones you butcher! I don't have spotty goats. Just sold the only one I had!
     
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    I would like to try that! Won't be butchering any spotty ones for awhile....maybe I'll get some spotty Kiko/Nubians! That would be cool! Hard to believe that in six months or so Conan be doing his duty.
     
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    And then you'll be saying, can you believe he was cute 6 months ago? Lol
     
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