The goats have a routine that they follow due to the over grown size of their udders once milking time is upon us. They start congregating near the gate to let them on the porch so that they can hop up on the milk stand impatiently waiting to be milked. A goat waits for no one. They are incredibly stubborn creatures and when they want something they will vocally let you know. They hop right up onto the milk stand and start eating. That’s when they get cleaned down and the milk machine gets hooked up to them pumping the milk out into a glass jar. This is a very clean method that does not allow the milk to come into contact with the outside environment reducing the possibility of contamination. Once their udder shrivels up into an object that closely resembles a raisin they get cleaned up again and sent back out to forage for the day. This routine happens every 12 hours of every day, rain or shine.
I talk like owning goats are the most wonderful thing, but I’ll have to be honest and say that they can be a pain in the ass. I have one goat that is relentless when it comes to messing with the porch furniture. We have chairs that we set out for people to sit on, and she is adamant about wanting to wear these chairs as a hat. She will walk up to the chair and duck her head under it attempting to get it stuck on her head somehow. Once it is good and stuck she will walk around with this chair attached to her head like she is the queen of England. it is legitimately one of the strangest things I have ever seen a goat do. They also know their own names. I can call out a goat name and that goat will respond with a “Mah!” They each have their own unique quirky personalities. One of our younger does, Bonnie, will come up to you and tug on your shirt until you start petting her/scratching her neck. If you stop she will nudge you repeatedly and eventually tug on your shirt some more until you begin scratching her again. They need a lot of attention! One customer of ours came out to the farm and sat down on the ground in the driveway and Blackberry walked right over to him and put her head in his lap wanting to be scratched.
I work in the evening until dark and I come inside to take a cold shower to unwind. This is my daily routine. Shower and get ready for bed so that I can hopefully get to sleep by 9:30. The routine starts in another 8 hours and sleep is precious. I sometimes look at how I used to get home from work, and I would have no responsibilities and nothing demanding my time, and I’ll admit that it looks appetizing at times. I know that if I live like this for a few days I would get extremely bored. I would miss the quirky little dances that the baby goats would do on the porch in the morning. I would miss being greeted by a goat army in the morning. I would also miss the little snorting conversations I have with my piggies. It is no wonder that I have such a short attention span and that endless bouts of eclectic ideas fuel my daily tasks. I just don’t see myself living any differently. I would get thrown out of a subdivision HOA faster than you can say “Goat Mower”. Not to mention I would never sign such a silly restrictive document.
You have just read a super long rant, and I applaud you for sticking around for it. July is a tough month because of the heat for animals and humans alike!
To wrap up this blog post, I suggest that you all come out to our farm! J Or go to a farm close to you and check out what they have growing!
Here is a silly photo of a lazy farm cat: