I am new here. I found the site while researching NDG's. I recently purchased a house on one acre of land (all I could afford). I am in a rural area & have dreamed of some sheep or goats for a long time now. I have some experience with livestock- dairy production class in college, working sheep & goats with my dogs (Border Collies) but I've never owned any myself.
I have been considering some sheep but I really don't have the space & then I saw these cute little goats across the road- I think they are NDG's but the owners will not return my calls :o( looks like they might be closing up & selling the house, etc... They are so cute I can't stand it. So I have decided to research small goats instead of sheep so that they can keep the brush/grass down on the lawn & I can train my herding dogs.
A fantasy is to own an organic goat dairy but that is just pie in the sky right now-LOL. I know keeping livestock is tough here in the jungle called Florida but I have friends & herding instructors who manage.
I am a veterinary technician so I hope I can handle taking care of the little guys. My first question is how many goats should I get. For herding purposes 5 or 6 would be good but I don't know how much space I need to keep them. I will let them graze the yard when I am home-maybe during the day when I am at work??? I will put them up in a pen at night to protect from coyotes, fox? black bear & even the bobcats we supposedly have around here.
Okay that's enough for now...I'm off to read & learn some more :o)
Thanks for having me!