Thursday, July 31, 2008

Another "Farming is Hard" Moment

We sold a goat yesterday. One we raised from a baby. It was so much harder than I thought it would be. :(

Without going into too much detail that you don't care about, we recently accepted that we had not made the best business decision in raising nine babies last year. Goats do not produce at their best until they are two or even three years old, so basically we are spending a lot of resources on goats who do not produce as well as we need them to yet.

We decided to dry up and re-breed three of the girls and then sell them, after they are bred, as family milkers. We figured that would mean sales this fall. But then we got an inquiry.

After deciding it would be an excellent home, we sent a newly bred June to live with the Hyde family in Chappel Hill. She went with another of "our" goats, Rita, who was Miranda's baby this year. Someone else had bought Rita but needs to re-home her due to a family emergency.

I tried really hard not to cry and her new owner has promised I can come visit. While she didn't produce tons of milk this year, she was still a good, easy to milk goat who will give plenty as a family milker. I hope they love her as much as we did. And I get the impression they will.

Good bye, June-bug. I hope you enjoy your new home.

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