I want to grow an edible garden and raise chickens. I am also very open to anything that will be better for the environment and I want to eat more organic and just be more GREEN! I am always feeding my mind with knowledge to leave mother earth the way it came to us and eat the way humans are supposed to....instead of what is best for the bottom line of the food industry. I own a landscape maintenance company here in the valley and I want to keep educating myself.
You are welcome. Goats can be a real joy to raise. If you ever get the urge, find someone to give you "goat lessons" on how to care for them properly. Many herd owners / breeders will be glad to give you some help. I volunteered to do whatever work needed to be done with the gal I wound up buying my goats from, so I could learn first-hand. It was a real benefit to me -- and the goats!
Benefits of raising goats - hmmm - where to start. :-) My experience is primarily with miniature dairy goats, Nigerian Dwarf, but I am also knowledge about the larger dairy goat breed Alpine through my friend Kathy Marshall.
Goats have about the intelligence of a dog, when hand raised they can be affectionate, funny, and useful pets. As a herd animal they need company for health and long life. Another goat or a suitable dog can be their companion. A friend of ours describes owning goats like potato chips - you can't just have one - you "need" more! Hand raised they will learn their name, can be taught tricks, the larger breeds can be trained to carry packs and even pull a plough or cart.
The Nigerian milk is super rich, one of the richest among goat breeds, about 8% - wonderful to drink fresh, and makes great yogurt and cheeses. The Nigerian is considered an exotic pet exemption to livestock rules in many areas of the valley - but folks need to check if they are in an HOA. They require less room and feed than the Alpine and larger breeds, but can still produce a quart+ of milk a day depending on the lineage. The Nigerans should not be confused with the Pygmy goat -- the Nigerians are a specific dairy goat, easy to deliver their kids (Pygmy have a reputation for difficulty deliveries), good milk production, and long-lived if properly cared for (12-15 years).
Wethers - fixed boys, make great weed-eaters and pets.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Oh, and if you had an experience with not liking the taste of goats milk - it may have been the result of 1) the does being around the bucks, and/or 2) allowing lactating does to wild brouse. Alfafa hay and other good hay feed results in superior tasting milk. The milk taste is a direct result of the feed used.