Hello everyone. I found this site earlier today and thought I'd introduce myself. I live in Northern Arizona with my husband of seven months. We are living with his parents right now because we both lost our jobs in February and have been unable to find work. We lived in Colorado, but could not afford our apartment there anymore, and the in-laws graciously offered us part of their house and seven acres of desert. I had some experience with pet goats as a kid, but this is my first serious venture into goat keeping. We purchased three LaMancha does in April from a dairy farm, and the owner gave us a day old Alpine/Oberhasli buckling for free as well. One of the does was bred, so we ended up with a set of twins also. Not a bad start. Our goats are: Flora Bell, an 8 year old LaMancha doe, black with brown and white spots Gracee, a 6 year old LaMancha doe, tan and white roan with black trim and white spots Ebony, a 2 year old LaMancha doe, solid black. We have sold her because she's not working out in our flock, and she's waiting on her new owners to get a pen set up for her. Bucky, our Alpine/Oberhasli buck. He's six months old and light chamoise, nearly white. Bonnie, a five month old LaMancha doeling, chocolate brown with black trim. And we've got Bonnie's brother, an unnamed wether we are saving to eat. We were originally going to get sheep for raising lamb for eating, and I heard about dairy sheep and got interested in that. But they were too expensive for us to get, and I found a good deal on the goats...so we got goats. I milk them and make cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. We're also planning to grow a few kids a year for meat and sell a couple of doelings a year for 4-H or pets. There's not a big market here for anything other than cheap scrub goats to eat weeds. We've also got two cats (plus a mother and five kittens we are fostering temporarily), an aquarium and a gecko. We had a horse, but she died in August. We are planning to get some poultry in the spring--chickens, ducks, and maybe quail. We started a garden this year, but got a late start on it and some bad seeds and it wasn't too successful this year. Next year will be better. Other than everything goat-related, I enjoy hiking, reading, playing with my aquarium, cooking, sewing, and am working on a couple of books I'd like to publish. I'm really enjoying the farm life; I don't even know how I ever lived without goats now.