I’ve always wanted goats. It started with the  hill below the barn. It goes a long way, maybe 200 yards and is steep and covered with Barberrys. Barberrys were brought to this area by someone who discovered that deer don’t eat the plants and there is a good reason. They are sharp picker bushes that are completely useless and grow like wild fire. But they were thought to be good ground cover and someone thought they could be trimmed and look nice. Don’t you believe it. They are invasive.

So I had this idea that if you tethered goats on the hill they would eat the barberrys down to nothing. I’m not at all sure it would work as even goats might find them hard to get down but that’s how the goat idea got started. Yes and like a Rube I bought a book on goats and even went over to Sprout Creek Farm to consult with the nuns who have a thriving goat cheese business. The only thing I didn’t do was build a shelter and buy the goats. But now that winter is coming on I will have to wait until Spring at the earliest to seriously consider the goat project. And here is another thing. You may have heard the expression “He smells like a billy goat.”  There is good reason. The book says that male goats really stink. It apparently is a way that they attract the females. Go figure. So that is another thing to consider before I make the leap.

I have posted the picture  to help you understand why I would want goats. Did you ever see anything prettier?

One thought on “Another Year without Goats

  1. Peter – Those first few crisp days (and nights) in the Clove were always the best. Swimming in a pond during the day and sitting by a warm fire at night. I too have always wanted goats, although I had to settle for chickens as a first and only step in that direction. As for composting, every time we have set one up, they have become infested with rats. The structure you propose will attract them for sure, so I hope your compost piles are far from the house. Ultimately, you may need steel drums with one of those chemical compounds that gets the stuff cooking faster. At our old house, we did build two large bins for leaves to create leaf mold mulch. It must be perfect loam by now. If you ask nicely, I might tell you the secret of where to find them! B


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