Dairy, Dairy Thankful: Reflections of a Goat Farmer

By Danielle Boyd

This time of year, it’s customary to reflect on the things we’re thankful for. At the top of my list is the ability for me to raise my children on a farm.

While I’m thankful for the experiences I had as a child, such as 4H, FFA and time on my aunt’s farm, I longed to live on a farm myself. I’m so incredibly thankful that I can provide that to my children. They might grumble about feeding the animals and long goat show road trips, the values they’re learning will mold and shape them into responsible, caring adults.

I’m also thankful that I can set an example for my daughter of what a strong, motivated woman looks like. A woman who can stack bales of hay, doctor goats, trim hooves, build fence, and then turn around and make dinner, do laundry and clean house.

I’m grateful for organizations that provide performance programs, local clubs and their members who organize shows and educational opportunities, and mentors who lend their sage advice from years of raising and showing dairy goats.

I’m thankful for a husband that supports my dreams, a job that helps pay for my goat addiction, and our farm which makes it all possible.

In a time when things are stressful and so much different than we’re used to, it’s important to take a step back, kiss your goats and count your blessings.

2 thoughts on “Dairy, Dairy Thankful: Reflections of a Goat Farmer

  1. Hello, I came across your website while trying to find raw milk for grandson.
    I live south of Waco. I own two mininubian doelings and would like to purchase a 60/40 mini buck for my little ladies for a fall breeding.
    Do you know anyone who has a buck for sale?

    1. Hi! You might check with Freas Family Farm in Paradise, TX. She has a Mini Nubian due soon and may have some bucklings available.

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