Maebelle is our newly aquired Nubian/Alpine cross doe. She’s almost 3, and is due to kid any time from February on. (Not that I want her to kid in February, but in the event that she does, I will absolutely be knitting these GoatBaby sweaters! So cute!)
Although Farmer B was extremely unimpressed by my new acquisition, I’m sure he’ll thank me when he sees how much our grocery bill decreases! I haven’t done exact math, but we spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $50-60 A MONTH in dairy products! Milk, cheese, cream cheese, cream, yogurt, you name it, we consume it!
We have owned goats (and still do own goats) but all have been A: too old to breed or B: Boys (both castrated, and uncastrated.. for the record, I will never own a buck again!)
Maebelle has never been milked by hand, and I’ve never milked a goat-or anything else for that matter-by hand either, so it will be a learning experience for both of us. I’m very fortunate that my mother in law has milked many goats in her day, and I’ll be grateful for the guidance I’m sure.
I’m really looking forward to this adventure. Another goal for 2012 was to be as self-sufficient and frugal as possible, and this is one more step in the right direction. Stay tuned, I’ll definitely be chronicling my success (or perhaps failure)