Funny how sometimes the little decisions we make in life can have a huge impact. Several years ago we had an old small riding mower for 5+ acres of land, and we just couldn't keep up with the mowing. It got really bad when the mower was out of commission for repairs. When we did stay on top of the mowing, it took two to three days out of the week to do so. And then the next week we had to do it all again. It was just too much. Sadly, one of those new zero-turn fast mowers was out of our price range. So one day we somewhat spontaneously decided to fence in a big chunk of our land get some goats. Our first two goats were Spanky and Fritz, two bucks. They were a bit too aggressive for our family (lesson learned), so we sold them and got a few small goat-kids. They were small enough that we had to bottle-feed them, and they grew up to be very sweet.
They had a small shelter and all the grass and weeds they could eat. For the most part they respected the fence (except right after I got those new rose bushes... sigh!) and we loved seeing them graze and laze about. Life went on like this for several months. There is something so peaceful about looking out our window and seeing our small herd of goats wandering here and there, contentedly grazing and lying about. And that is how we came to be goat caretakers!
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