Greetings from West Tennessee

Pastor Dave

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Welcome from Indiana!
As a kid my Dad moved us to W. Central Tenn. We lived there abt two years and moved back to Indiana. Been here ever since. I keep telling my wife I would like to have some milk goats and raise up some of the young for meat. She thinks I want to get out of ministry and start farming. It does sound like a nice less stressful change of pace, but then I realize every vocation has its own set of troubles and trials.
I live on church property and raise meat rabbits. I have abt a half to one acre behind the parsonage and shed to use as a hay field. I used a feed plot mix and mow and bale clover/timothy/ and some wild flower and grasses. Actually I have one of my congregation mow and bale, and I help him on his other fields. It is a good trade-off.
It is not anywhere near the scale I grew up with, but after twenty years I realized you can take the boy off the farm, but you CANNOT take the farm out of the boy.
Good luck in your goats and trading endeavors.
 

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Welcome from Indiana!
As a kid my Dad moved us to W. Central Tenn. We lived there abt two years and moved back to Indiana. Been here ever since. I keep telling my wife I would like to have some milk goats and raise up some of the young for meat. She thinks I want to get out of ministry and start farming. It does sound like a nice less stressful change of pace, but then I realize every vocation has its own set of troubles and trials.
I live on church property and raise meat rabbits. I have abt a half to one acre behind the parsonage and shed to use as a hay field. I used a feed plot mix and mow and bale clover/timothy/ and some wild flower and grasses. Actually I have one of my congregation mow and bale, and I help him on his other fields. It is a good trade-off.
It is not anywhere near the scale I grew up with, but after twenty years I realized you can take the boy off the farm, but you CANNOT take the farm out of the boy.
Good luck in your goats and trading endeavors.
Thank you, I believe you can do both, ministry and farm, Adam was a farmer, and YHVH uses agriculture in the Word all the time, plus I think you would benefit better from the goats for milk and their meat, being the goat meat is more on YHVH's food health law than rabbits as far as clean foods and YHVH's Word. Imho
 

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Greetings Pastor @lynordb from the front range in Colorado. Where abouts in west TN are you located? You might consider putting your location in your profile so others can see it. I know we have other goaties in virtually every state surrounding you, so there should be some on here that may be close. In any case, there's a wealth of info in the various threads just waiting for you to peruse them :caf Make yourself at home, get comfy and enjoy! There's also a great group of goatie folks that are very active here. If you have any questions or concerns, you'll pretty quickly get offered help here... you just need to post what you need. OH, I'm kinda surprised nobody else mentioned it... we kinda live for pictures of other's animals and such... If you have a few you could post, we can all ooohhh and aahhhh over them ;)

Welcome and glad you joined us!
Thank you, I'm located in West TN. Hardeman County, Bolivar, TN. I added my cell ph for texts above and my email address for anyone that wants to contact me? YHVH bless you and yours.
 

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Greetings Pastor @lynordb from the front range in Colorado. Where abouts in west TN are you located? You might consider putting your location in your profile so others can see it. I know we have other goaties in virtually every state surrounding you, so there should be some on here that may be close. In any case, there's a wealth of info in the various threads just waiting for you to peruse them :caf Make yourself at home, get comfy and enjoy! There's also a great group of goatie folks that are very active here. If you have any questions or concerns, you'll pretty quickly get offered help here... you just need to post what you need. OH, I'm kinda surprised nobody else mentioned it... we kinda live for pictures of other's animals and such... If you have a few you could post, we can all ooohhh and aahhhh over them ;)

Welcome and glad you joined us!
Thank you, I'm located in West TN. Hardeman County, Bolivar, TN. I added my cell ph for texts above and my email address for anyone that wants to contact me? YHVH bless you and yours.
 

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A big howdy and welcome from the Great Lone Star State, where the stars at night are big and bright! No doubt that some other BYHers from The Volunteer State will be popping up to add their welcome. I think you are going to really enjoy your goaties, not that I'm biased, not at all, just because I have Nigerian Dwarfs doesn't make me biased... just means they are the best little goatie I know.

Seconding @Latestarter's polite suggestion of pictures. You have no idea what picture addicts we all are. Glad you found us. Now, got to get you into rabbits, and more goaties and then a LGD and then...

I guess you could say we are also enablers along with being picture addicts... but only in a good way! :) So, grab yourself a beverage from yonder table and come sit a spell. We love chatting.
Thank you for the comment, I'll pass on the rabbits, but I have my chickens, and a incubator for hatching, and now my two twin Nigerian/Pygmy goats, about 6 mths old, and I think Minnie, who is bigger than Miney Moe, has already mounted her little sister, lol I assume she was in season, but not old enough to breed yet right? What age will be good, and I'm told that Nubian buck is too big when she gets old enough, is that true? I'm having a hard time getting a buck for her, and I think they should be about a year old, right? And Animalmom, what is LDG, lol forgive me if I haven't learned all the lango yet, I'm thinking it means a cow I hope, because I would love to have a milk cow too? YHVH God bless you all...
 

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Good morning. LGD stands for Livestock Guardian Dog, most commonly a Great Pyreneese, Anatolian Shepherd (know by quite a few other names a well) or Marrema, or mix of those, but including a rather good size collection of other breeds as well. You really shouldn't breed a large buck (breed) to a small doe (breed) as that could/might cause life threatening birthing issues (too large fetus to pass). Since you have the goats for milk purposes, I believe Pygmy are not really a dairy breed... What I'd be considering would be to breed them back to another Nigerian which IS a dairy breed. Sine both are small breeds, there should be no size issues, and Nigies are pretty easy to find.

As for actually breeding them, I believe most determine if they are ready by weight, not age... Once they are at least 80% of adult weight, it should be OK to breed. I guess that normally happens about 9-12 months of age (although they become PHYSICALLY capable LONG before that, so caution with bucks nearby).
 

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Good morning. LGD stands for Livestock Guardian Dog, most commonly a Great Pyreneese, Anatolian Shepherd (know by quite a few other names a well) or Marrema, or mix of those, but including a rather good size collection of other breeds as well. You really shouldn't breed a large buck (breed) to a small doe (breed) as that could/might cause life threatening birthing issues (too large fetus to pass). Since you have the goats for milk purposes, I believe Pygmy are not really a dairy breed... What I'd be considering would be to breed them back to another Nigerian which IS a dairy breed. Sine both are small breeds, there should be no size issues, and Nigies are pretty easy to find.

As for actually breeding them, I believe most determine if they are ready by weight, not age... Once they are at least 80% of adult weight, it should be OK to breed. I guess that normally happens about 9-12 months of age (although they become PHYSICALLY capable LONG before that, so caution with bucks nearby).
Thank you, oh yes my Hard Rock already has the herding down and protects them and my chickens. Lol thanks for that info. Yes I heard that Nigerian/Pygmy mix were called Pygerian, is where I got that from. But yes I need to find a Nigerian buck to breed them with, but I would possibly also want to raise some in the future for meat too, so was wondering if I could slowly cross them to get bigger over time? But just my pets for now, until I can get some milk from them, I need a milk cow too I guess. Lol I love my milk... YHVH bless
 

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