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Vidaloco 08-16-2009 11:05 AM

Goat question
I'm thinking about getting a goat to save the environment :lol: *hidden grass to mow*
I have been thinking of either a Nubian or a small Nigerian. My question is, since those are both dairy breeds do you have to milk them? If so how often, is it like a dairy cow that needs milked day and night?

NorthernMama 08-16-2009 01:45 PM

If they don't have a baby, you don't have to milk them. If they have a baby or two the babies will look after it for you! :wink:

Beware -- goats are very difficult to contain and if you don't contain them they will get into and onto everything! Vehicles, buildings, fences, trees. They are extremely agile. We got some once to clean out some bush and when they ran out of leaves from ground level, they climbed the trees. They would jump onto our 4x4 pickup and try to get into the house. An electric fence will NOT contain them if they want to see what's on the other side. And they always want to see something else. :lol:

But they are awfully lovable and will be like a pet dog if you want them to be. (except a very stubborn dog)

close2prfct 08-16-2009 03:09 PM

NorthernMama is right, if they can't jump it( Ike cleared a 4ft fence with no problem) they will climb it. After chasing Ike all over the neighborhood I decided he had to go back to my aunt's house where he came from lol too much work for this old lady to round him up every time he jumped the fence and the fear of a neighborhood dog getting him wasn't worth it.

NorthernMama 08-16-2009 03:13 PM

Goats are definitely not scared of dogs. More likely the dog is scared of the goat.

close2prfct 08-16-2009 08:31 PM


Originally Posted by NorthernMama (Post 379627)
Goats are definitely not scared of dogs. More likely the dog is scared of the goat.

Exactly, especially since most goats are brought up with Pyrenees and other livestock guardian breeds. They don't realize that not all dogs are goat friendly some may be terrified and take off running ( like our corgi) and others see them as what they are "prey animals"

3neighs 08-16-2009 10:57 PM


More likely the dog is scared of the goat.
Sometimes the dog loves the goat. :D

MIEventer 08-16-2009 11:33 PM

OK, now that is just aaadorable.

NorthernMama 08-17-2009 03:23 PM

Oh too cute!

ilovemyPhillip 08-17-2009 07:44 PM

I have goats, and my dogs attack them but about 4 hours of being together the stop.

Milk goats NEED to be milked if theyre have been or are pregnant. Not dail if its past but just to help them get it out. Ive seen does with terrible udders that drag to the ground cuz of negligent people.

Anyways, get a wether. They are casterated male goats who DO NOT SMELL ! ee! i have 2 and theyre great.

3neighs 08-17-2009 09:41 PM

LOL, thanks MIEventer and NM!

Vida, I agree that you consider a wether. That's your best bet. Also, your dwarf or pygmy breeds are easier to contain than the larger ones. Ours is a pygmy cross and we actually don't bother containing him anymore. (But not because he was hard to contain.) He just wanders loose on our property and hangs out with the dog and on the deck mostly. I just have to make sure I sweep the doodle berries off when people come over. :wink:

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