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Getting Alpines


Well after my wife and I did our taxes we decided it is time to get some more livestock, goats, sheep, and rabbits to be exact. The first to be gotten is the goats.

A few weeks back my wife was on a mission to find a local breeder for milk goats. Oh and a big thanks to Mystic for all of you assistance!! We found a small breeder fairly close to home (an hour and a half). The raise alpines and we contacted them and arranged for a visit. They were extremely friendly and very informative. They even let us have some fresh milk.

I have been skeptical of goats milk. The only encounters I have had with it have been with store bought stuff that was horrible!! When I had the fresh stuff however my opionion was completely changed, it was completely indistinguishable from cow's milk!! I was sold on goats at the [sign in to see URL] back to the point

They have three yearliings in milk of which they are choosing 2 to sell at about $350US but could be as low as $250US. We are now waiting to hear back from them. Then we just have to wait for the tax refund to arrive, probably another week or two. I should have pics at the point.

To occupy our time we have been constructing a pen for them attachted to our barn.

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You're so very welcome!

 Now thats exciting [sign in to see URL] sounds like you're on the way! Goats milk if you process it right doesn't taste any different. By that I mean milk into a stainless bucket, strain into one of those glass gallon jugs, flash cool in the freezer for 20 mins or so and then refigerate.

I just love my Alpines and have had them for gee, 10 yrs now and even though I have 2 Oberhasli and have had all the other breeds, Alpines are my love. The price isn't bad for a good milking doe who is healthy. Hopefully your refund will come soon. emoticon
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Wow, that's wonderful news - you're joining the ranks of the goat-smitten! emoticon LOL I just hope you realize how addictive they are. I started out with two last May, I now have six and am getting three more on Tuesday, and have kids due in 4 weeks and 8 weeks.

Fresh goat's milk from your own goats is wonderful stuff! I'm not looking forward to being without for a few weeks in between Polly drying off and Angel getting into production. Oh well, we'll appreciate it all the more!

Good luck and we'll want pictures!!!

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I did some thinking about that [sign in to see URL] if they are from healthy CAE/CL free stock and have excellent milk production backgrounds, depends on the bloodlines you are getting too, then the price is worth that. However, if the seller doesn't have milk records or can't verify CAE/CL testing then I would be a bit hesistant. You'd want them milking about a gallon a day at least for that price. Are they first fresheners?

Its the health that I would be concerned about, going back to the CAE and CL. I'll be happy to explain that later if you need help with that. They are both contagious diseases, CAE a virus and CL and horrid bacterial infection that results in lumps or abcesses near the lymph system.
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Thanks for the concern Mystic the herd is CAE free and are excellent milkers. I can only remember on in paricular that she mentioned and that one produced 11 poundsa day. I am certain none of the others produce less than 8. Also the herd commonly has triplets.


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That is great news! And trips to boot, you can't beat that! Enjoy those new Alpines, they are truly an awesome breed and I just LOVE them.
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Sounds like you've found yourself some nice goats then! Enjoy - and feel free to ask questions. Mystic is always knowledgeable - and others of us can be helpful, sometimes, too! emoticon

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Well it should be the first week of May when we find out which three she wants to sell and we shall pick two. In the mean time I have been working building the pen and repairing the barn. The pen has been a pain I have been trying to use some salvaged stock panels that are 16 feet long, I have enough but my land is so sloped it was seiously bending the t-posts under the weight. SO I had to buy a pair of bolt cutters and step them in smaller sections down the slopes. That pair of bolt cutters is my new best friend! It has been a real life safer and the work has gone a lot faster too. I am now half way done with the pen.

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Ah yes, fencing. emoticon We have a lot of washouts around the barn so that gates that were once at ground level are now a foot or two above it - not great for goats! So, when the mud dries up (again emoticon ), I plan on moving the one gate, that is right at the corner of the barn, up the hill to where the ground is still level. I have to replace that section of fence anyway, the gatepost is pretty rotten - then when the gate is moved, I will build a pen along the back of the barn for the goats.

We don't have stock panels up here, it's all roll fencing - page wire being the most common and what our land is fenced with. I'll build the goat pen out of chain link - I have several rolls of salvaged chain link, that cost me nothing or close to it. emoticon

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chain link.... that usualkly fixes 'em from escaping. Wow, can't believe you can't get cattle panels or stock panels up there. emoticon

We managed to get a few acres now in cattle panels for those pesky Alpines of mine, the Houidini's they are!
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