Companion Planting and other matters
We spent such an interesting day yesterday. A friend of Peter's boss has a dairy goat herd she is downsizing. she has some goats she is particularly attached to and wants to go to a good home. Peter's boss breeds Boer goats, they are a meat goat, and I had told her I would like a dairy goat so she suggested these ones might be good for us. We went off to visit them and learn a bit about Dairy goats. We certainly went to the right place to learn and the owner was very generous with her time and knowledge. We both had a go at milking, harder than it looks of course. We loved the goats, they are just beautiful. We are going to get three, Elisabeth is the matriarch, I think she is a cross between British Alpine and Anglo Nubian, Genevieve who looks more Nubian and her daughter who is just number 88 at this point. We have a few things to organise here and then will get them. I'll go back for another milking lesson as well.
I have enjoyed goats cheese and yogurt for years but had never tried the milk before. You here so many stories about it being unpleasant, but it tasted great to me. I am sure we will use all we can milk.
While we were at the goat farm we got talking about poultry and the goat farmer said she had a different breed of ducks to us and some guinea fowls as well. I have been looking for guinea fowls for ages. She gave us some eggs of indeterminate age to bring home and put in the incubator. I was just in the laundry, where the incubator is, and heard chirping coming from it, lo and behold there is already a guinea fowl chick, the hens must have been sitting on them at the farm. wonder when the others will hatch!