How The Goat Can Save America From Economic Collapse
It really is! Let me explain…
We became interested in the idea of adding goats to the equation of our homestead even before we began living in Maine full time. The wonderful cheese, yogurt and butter really tipped the scale for us. If you’ve never had goat’s milk butter before, I highly recommend giving it a try. I still like cow’s milk butter for cooking, but spread on bread, in my book you can’t beat goat’s milk butter. Problem is, it is nearly impossible to locate. We used to find it at the local health food store back in New Jersey, and I believe you can here as well, but it isn’t hard to make yourself. And don’t get me started on the cheeses. A whole new universe is open to the person who wants to spend some time learning to make cheese. It is so interesting that making cheese, butter and yogurt from our own goat’s milk has become my partner Danielle’s new avocation. So, this was the driving force behind our decision to get a couple of goats. Some people eat goat meat. We personally are vegetarian, so we do not eat the meat per se, though I have tried it once under the auspices of quote/unquote “research” in a restaurant. It was pretty darned good! (Though not enough to turn me back into a carnivore.)
Once you’ve made the decision to own goats you will need to decide on a breed. Not that it matters, but we have French Alpines. They are a full-sized dairy breed. Not the breed highest in milk volume or fat content, but they are still excellent. If milk production is your primary concern then I would suggest Sanaan goats. I heard that the Nubian is the breed giving the highest fat content. Our breed lies somewhere in the middle. If meat production is your goal then the Boer breed of goat might be something to research, though any of the breeds can be eaten.
We acquired our two does almost two years ago, and we instantly knew that there was something special about these animals. And of course, every individual animal has its own personality, so each of our goats are special in that regard, as well. For instance, our goats all know their name, and will often come when called. Unless they happen to be eating. So, goats make great companions. They love to hike. Ours can even be walked on a leash. Goats are quite frugal animals regarding where they are kept. They do not need a lot of space for pasture, and do not need the largest of barns. In fact, a small shed will do. We use a small barn that has just enough for three stalls and a milking stand without feeling cramped or crowded. It costs us about thirty dollars per month to feed two goats, less than two cats that we also feed. And the goats give us three hundred dollars worth of raw milk during that month. Make it organic and the milk is tripled in value. Then, the potential for the milk is compounded even more so.
You can spend as much time with your goats as you wish. They love company and will lodge a complaint when you walk away. They know when it is time to milk (and eat), and will let you know if you’ve forgotten, or if you should come home late. Goats love to snuggle just as much as dogs do. They seem to have a permanent smile printed on their face. You cannot peg a value on that.
Goats are usually bred in the fall and give birth in the spring. This is somewhat akin to printing money, something like saving vegetable seeds for next year’s crop. Only the Federal Reserve is allowed to print money, and the goat is keeping pace. Goats have been kept for millennia, and today more dairy milk comes from them than cows. Goats, their young, and their milk can be traded in the community, thereby doing away with cash. Goats are a tangible asset, that knows not the inflation of time, like currency does. In this way goats are more like precious metals than like currency. No doubt about it, goats (and chickens and other farm animals, and vegetable seeds) are trying hard to prevent economic collapse. Farms, small farms, homesteads and homesteading are all good investments that can help to prevent an economic collapse, if we care to invest in them, instead of stupid Wall Street stocks which are manipulated up and down by the Federal Reserve. The price of a farm animal and a package of seeds is valued by consumer sentiment only.
In the end, stocks, bonds, currency, and real estate (except farm land) may lose value, as seen in 2008. Homestead animals such as chickens and goats are examples of real life sustaining investments, that will hold their value, because you are in charge, not the market. This is true freedom and independence. Priceless!