Canticle Farm Goats
When we left corporate life behind and started on the farm journey we bought an overgrown old farmstead with a few outbuildings. We loved all the woods and wooded tree lines, but to be totally honest it was so overgrown we didn't even walk the property before we bought it. There are some serious chiggers in Texas y'all, and they love tall grass. A very dear friend of ours gave us our first two goats, Nigerian Dwarves named Bonita and Bambi. Their job was to clear all that overgrowth. We soon realized that we would need a few more, larger goats if we wanted the place cleared within a decent time. We bought a few Kikos, some Boer, and a couple dairy goats and began putting up goat-proof fence around the overgrown areas. It seemed no sooner had I fenced off an area, then the girls had stripped all the weeds, poison ivy, briar, wild roses, bushes and small trees. Then I would head in with loopers and cut down the little trunks and voila, I had pastures. Our mentor who had given us our first dairy goats had taught us to milk. With growing children we really began to appreciate the huge milk supply we were getting from the fresh diet the goats were on, and we began to explore what else we could do with our milk. Along the way, we discovered that our smaller goats were really giving us the most output for the least input and began to focus on breeding mini Nubians. Currently, we are crossing our hardy, parasite-resistant Nubian and Mini Nubians with a 3rd Generation Mini Nubian buck who has excellent milk lines and the bonus of throwing moonspots. We are very excited to see the new crop of kids this year.