Dairy goats are very practical for the family homestead or the small farm. They are easy for a family to take care of. Because of their size, they work well with children. They produce a “family-sized” amount of milk (about 3/4 to 1 gallon per day for a lactating doe). They require a relatively small amount of land for forage.
This one-day class will provide a good introduction to family dairy-goat husbandry. You will learn about the different breeds of goats, how to choose a good dairy goat, how to keep your goat healthy and how to milk. We will show you how to trim hooves, share plans for barns and milk stands, and we will discuss pasture care for sustainability. Breeding, kidding and kid care will also be included. This class will involve outdoor activities. Please bring a wide-brimmed hat and wear long sleeves. Also, bring appropriate clothing for cold or inclement weather. No shorts or sandals, please.
This class is from 9 a.m – 5 p.m.