We had been looking for a second species to add to the farm and gave pigs and sheep a try. This didn't work for various reasons (who knew pigs needed so much water? Who knew that sheep actually flock?). So what about goats? While visiting the meat goat herd at TSU in Nashville was informative, it also showed us that meat goats weren't for us. Smaller was better in our case and the Dexters keep our freezers full with meat. Dairy goats it would be and Nigerian Dwarf goats were the obvious choice. We never regretted it, until the coronavirus struck. Our daughter and son-in-law came to wait out the pandemic on the farm and the need for dairy grew with every jar of protein shake consumed after chores. The littles simply couldn't keep up with the volume and I didn't want to milk five or more does a day. We decided to sell all of the NDs after we added an Oberhasli (Ella) and an Alpine / Oberhasli (Claire) doe. While the milk isn't as rich as that of NDs, it's still wicked yummy. Plus, I get to squirrel away the odd quart for yogurt and cheese making. Ella and Claire are sweet and generous. There's no way I could imagine the farm without goats now.
Our small flock of Buckeye chickens keeps us in eggs and provides us with the odd roast. They are a dual-purpose breed, large, plump and friendly, with a rich reddish-brown (buckeye) coloring. They usually "help" with feeding, milking, checking on the cattle or any other chore. They are wonderful foragers and do a good job of keeping the fly population down in the warm months.