So here's what happened. We had those lovely Toggenburg dairy goats all spring and summer. They cleared our back "yard" and we fattened them up with grain-y deserts and compost-y treats. They made friends with our chickens and entertained our dogs and our kids.
But then the "yard" stopped having so much natural goat food in it and we realized it was breeding season, but the ghetto set-up we've currently got going on in our rural comedy-of-errors is not conducive to safe and easy kidding. Well, you know, of livestock variety. And these were nice little animals- both female. They deserved to be bred and milked and to live in a herd and fulfill their goaty logos and we knew we weren't going to be the ones to do that for them.
So we put them on craigslist.
We had to make two promises to our girls: 1) that the goats would stay together (they're mother and daughter) and 2) they'd go to an actual goat milking hobby farm so they'd be sure to be cared for properly.
Well, we must have sorely underestimated their worth because at one point we had 3 different guys calling and 2 other guys emailing and the dude who showed up that night drove here all the way from Indiana. Three hours hauling a livestock trailer just to get these goats. Zoinks!
He was very nice and knowledgeable with a working goat dairy farm of Alpine dairy goats looking to diversify his herd. He makes goat cheese. It was great. He was so excited. We were so grateful. The girls were sad, but helped load them up and get them some hay for the road anyway.
So we gave them the money. They had done most of the work after all.
Bye bye, sweet goats. We'll miss you!