We use our mainly for milk and meat, our goats are pets to US but I rarely sell goats as pets to other people. I've had several cases where they went to bad homes so I'd rather eat them myself than see my babies go to a bad home. I just couldn't stand to see them suffer.
Mine are mainly pets, but as soon as some of them freshen (first freshners) I will be learning the art of milking :wink: So THEN they will be pets and also our milk supply. I could never butcher any of my babies though, I get to attached. So no meat here ... just pets and milk
I think that perhaps I COULD handle having one butchered - IF I knew when I bought it that meat was it's end result and only purpose - cause then I would TRY to refrain from making it my baby, and try to keep in mind that I would be eating it. But that's probably the only way that I could handle butchering any. If even then.
like chelsey mine are for show/milk/breeding & pets. i could not eat one of mine but i have had goats meat & it was good. i give alot of credit to those who can raise them for meat. i know it has to be hard.
Our goats are Milk, meat and Pets! The ones we use for meat are treated good and not mistreated but we know from the beginning that is what they are for so we dont get to attached. They are all loved bunches.
Ours are spoiled rotten Pets like Pace's goat. My son is also training one of the wethers to pull a cart. Hopefully in 2008 we will breed his spotted nubian and might even try to milk her. Time will let us know what direction our goats will take us. Also my son uses two of them in 4-H. I just have them to love and nothing else.
Started as just pets then wanted to milk them so now they are pets and dairy!! My goats are my kids and they get treated as I would treat a child...reprimanded when needed and loved just about the same.
Mine are show/pet/dairy/meat. We raise the does and a very select number of boys for showing pet and milk. MOst of the little boys are sent tp [ack homes or for dinner. But i don;t eat my own goats.
I would like my little girls to be dairy providers, but my dh won't build me a milking stand, and now I don't have a buck. Maybe in 2008... I can't eat them, but my husband culled the mean ones and loved it. I was getting nauseous when he was eating them.
Mine are for dairy and they think they are pets. I sell the doe kids as dairy girls, the bucks for breeding and the wethers for meat.(and some as pets)
I've never eaten my goaties but I may butcher wethers some time.
I have added a Kiko cross and 2 boer crosses to my small herd and I do plan to sell some wethers for meat this coming year. I will only do that if they aren't sold as pets. I couldn't handle the thought last year but as I thought more on it, I think it would be okay since I was overwhelmed with bucks this past year...it was my fault though.