Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. --Anatole France
So began my relationship with goats. We now own 39 head of Boer Goats, 28 of them will kid this winter and I am planning to increase our herd. My family is becoming more involved in the industry all the time. I am a member of the Iowa Meat Goat Association board of directors. My husband and I are both on our county fair board, he is the goat superintendent and our kids are members of the Iowa Junior Meat Goat Association. We spend a lot of our time looking at goats to buy, either in person or online, going to and participating in shows, having goats laparoscopic artificially inseminated, figuring out how to breed them, and caring for our herd.
It is a lot of work at times, but I think it is a wonderful way to spend family time together, caring and learning about an animal, while teaching my children responsibility and compassion for another being.
Anytime you want to talk about goats, look me up!
By: Rachel Smith