Your mouth is watering at the thought of farm fresh raw milk as sweet and creamy as heaven. You’re excited to experiment just a little more with urban farming and heard you can use goat fiber for spinning and knitting. Visions of homemade feta cheese, goat milk ice cream and protection for your flock are just a few things that beacon you on.
Like aren’t they stinky, and won’t they eat your roses? You may have heard that they are noisy, or might damage your neighbors property. Perhaps you’re nervous about the responsibility of daily milking, or of finding a buck to breed them with.
Yes, it’s true, there are some things you really need to know before you go out and get goats, but never fear, it’s not as hard as it sounds. Especially if you have a little knowledge of what to expect and some tips and tricks for those.
We though about getting goats for over a year until we finally just went out and got them on a whim. We figured we’d learn along the way, and boy… did we ever! We learned about goat attacking dogs and how to keep them out. We learned that most Portland Parks aren’t suitable for grazing due to pesticide use. We tried for over a year to breed our does because we couldn’t tell when they were in heat. Trust me, we’ve been there!
We we’re approached to teach this class by the Portland Community College 4 years ago and eagerly agreed. Apparently there is a lot of interest in urban goat keeping and we are so happy to share our experience, mistakes and ideas so you can avoid some of the most common pitfalls in keeping goats anywhere, but especially in the city.
Learn all the basics for caring for your very own small urban herd, includi
Even if you’re nervous about it, or not quite ready, you can benefit from preparing yourself mentally for the realities of raising your own goats. Besides, we’ve learned the hard way so you don’t have to!