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Baltimore  City has legalized mini goats!

Nigerian Dwarf Goats are highly prized for their small size, ability to produce up to two quarts of high butterfat content milk a day, and their companionable nature.

These little guys are "wethers", or castrated male goats. They come from a hobby dairy farm- the goats must be "freshened" each year so that they produce kids and then produce milk. Female goats are useful on a dairy farm, but many of the male kids are castrated. The woman that we bought these guys from said she usually sells the wethers to 4-H participants. I don't know what happens to the goats after they are raised for the 4-H show, but I imagine they are sold at auction? Likely for meat? I am curious to know, if anyone has info.

I do love goat meat, but watching these little guys play around has already started tugging at my heart strings. I'm brainstorming other ways for them to earn their keep... clearing brush in the many overgrown vacant lots around Baltimore is a good start!

For lots more photos and info, feel free to visit my blog: http://www.baltimorediy.org/2012/05/baltimore-mini-goats.html

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Comment by Cornelia on May 30, 2012 at 9:41am

Aliza, I like the idea of putting these fellas to work clearing brush. When I lived in California there were groups of traveling goats who were the cutest fire control workers I'd ever seen! Congratulations on the new additions!

Comment by Aliza Ess on May 30, 2012 at 10:09am

Aw, thanks Cornelia! Yes, it's so amazing the way they just chomp down those sticks.

Comment by David P. McMillen on May 31, 2012 at 7:26pm

I hope to have some mini goats in the future. I have heard they do make excellent lawn maintainers, and it is fun to watch them play around.


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