No longer lurking...

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by jimandpj, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. jimandpj

    jimandpj New Member

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    Hi! I've been lurking on this site since it opened, but finally took the time to get registered.

    I've had dairy goats for 3 years. I got mixed up with a very dishonest breeder for my first goats and got off to a terrible start. But I've spent the past couple of years experimenting and figuring out what I need and what works best for me. So a couple of weeks ago, I bit the bullet and sold ALL of my goats. That was not easy, as I finally had some nice goats that I was very happy with (but it was the right decision).

    I am starting over with a small, registered, clean alpine herd. I have 3 (possibly 4) does picked out and am just waiting for them to freshen (end of March/beginning of April) until I bring them home. I will be learning to AI this fall, so I will not be keeping a buck (which is good as I only have 3 acres and close neighbors). I have a friend who has a high quality alpine buck if I need live service.

    I have 8 children and use the milk for home use. Showing may be sometime in the future, but not until the children are somewhat older. We drink our milk raw, and I also make cheese and soap.

    It's nice to finally be an official member!
    PJ
     
  2. cmharris6002

    cmharris6002 Guest

    Welcome PJ! I am so glad you stopped lurking :D Too bad about your bad start but it sounds like you did everything it takes to get on the right track.

    Christy
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  3. Shykid Acres

    Shykid Acres Guest

    That took a lot of courage to sell your goats and start over. I applaude you. Glad you could say hello too. Nice to have you. I too have Alpines. They are great.
     
  4. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    Hi and WELCOME!! hope you chime in on the cheese forum also.
     
  5. whimmididdle

    whimmididdle Guest

    I sincerely hope you get started back in the right way.......8 youngin's to feed ......yea, you gonna fit in like a glove around here.

    Wecome to DGI, Whim
     
  6. Whitney

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  7. Bella Star

    Bella Star New Member

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    :welcome and let your fun begin !! :biggrin
     
  8. Terry

    Terry New Member

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    Hello and welcome.
     
  9. buckrun

    buckrun New Member

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    That is the cutest introduction ever.
    And kudos on your great decision making.
    But 8 kids AND goats- gosh-can I get an energy transfusion from you?
    Lee
     
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  11. Cotton Eyed Does

    Cotton Eyed Does New Member

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    Hi PJ and welcome to the forum. I have a small herd of Alpines in Texas. Just absolutely love them.
     
  12. Kalne

    Kalne New Member

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    Welcome PJ! I've thought of starting all over here but my farm manager (dd-22) won't let me. LOL I suppose she's right but we are working to improve things within our limits.

    Kalne
     
  13. jimandpj

    jimandpj New Member

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    Thanks for the warm welcome,

    Kalne - it was really difficult - my dd age 11, spent 2 weeks crying daily. I finally lowered my prices, just because I had to get it finished for her sake. When I lowered the prices, they all sold within 2 days. I still got the money to fund my new herd - which was my main goal, anyway. Since they've been gone - she hasn't cried once! :D

    Buckrun - I think giving away an energy infusion might actually kill me! :D

    Glad to hear so many people love their alpines!
    PJ