I bought an alpine milk goat today. She is very gentle and gives approximately one half gallon twice a day. I like milking goats much better than cattle. The leg reach is much shorter and doesn't pack near the punch of a 1200 lb. cow. Yes, I have had a few bad experiences with breaking a cow to milk and milking cows from the beef herd that, just for a few days, have too much milk for the calf. When you have to rope the cow, you somehow know it isn't going to be pretty for either party.
My goal is to almost eliminate going to the grocery store. So far, I have eggs, milk, vegetables, beef, pork, and by fall, honey. We raised corn and ground our own cornmeal last year. I would like to be able to get my wheat ground fine enough to make lighter bread. My bread tastes good but is dense, even for whole wheat bread. If anyone has an idea I would really love to hear from you.
Thought for the day. "When you talk to god before the day starts, it is easier to handle the stress."