We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Orwell was right. It was Wells who made it respectable, even before World War I, for liberals in England and America to demean their own native democratic culture in the name of an imagined antidemocratic World State. And it was Wells, with his stature as the prophet of the future, who taught upper-middle-class liberals that they were entitled to govern in the name of social evolution."
Readers know that we proud gun-and-Bible-clinging redneck Northeast Yankees hate it when Chardonnay-sippers who see themselves as our betters try to tell us how to live. We ain't stupid neither - cuz we been government-eddicated! At great expense!
BTW, we do love chevre - to the point that our editor wants to keep some goats. The meat is quite tasty, too. What's the PC term for a she-goat? A goatess? Goatette? Help me out.
OK. A doe.
My Mom raised goats during the war (that would be WW2).
Also kept a chicken coop back then. In CT. No chickens, no eggs.
I have a sharp memory of her old goat shed.
She was a great help to her widower Dad.
I just checked with my-husband-the-nature-writer and he says that the common terms are nanny-goat and billy-goat. I guess "naturalists" who are writing peer-reviewed scientific papers would call a female goat a 'doe,' but down here in Texas I've never heard the term.
Of course, we're just those cowboys many Easterners show such scorn for. But who in their right mind would listen to Maureen Dowd anyway?
1. Have them dehorned! You can only really do this a few days to a week after birth when you feel the "nubs" begin to form, they are burned with a hot iron..not fun and quite painful I'm sure but a full grown goat with horns is not something you want around.
2. Get more than one. They are herd animals and as well something like 90% of all births are fraternal twins, a single goat soon becomes a crazy goat.
3. Unless you have specific plans to breed them, get the males fixed. Once they reach maturity the smell is pretty gamy and tends to stick around.
Goats milk is consumed by more people worldwide than cows milk, it is naturally pasteurized as the fat globules are much smaller and less prone to spoilage. People who are lactose intolerant can often drink goats milk with no discomfort.
We got the boy 2 Nigerian Dwarfs for Easter. Had plans of teaching the boy some responsibility and having the goats chew their way into the back 40. Now we just have two very cute, very spoiled pets!
The best advice I have received so far was a quote I found at the top of a site dedicated to raising goats. It purported to be an ancient saying an went:
NorthCountry, you mean "naturally homogenized" i think. Pasteurization is a more technically precise term meaning it has been heated to a certain degree for a certain duration in order to kill a certain pathogenic environment.
but you is right it sho nuff is naturally homogenized --avoiding the mechanical homogenization of cow's milk also avoids breaking up the fat globules, a breaking up that makes them stickier, it is said, to one's artery walls.
Nanny. I had hundreds of 'em during the fifteen year run (oddly, it lasted exactly as long as i did) of Larsen Farms Texas Chevre. Saanens, Alpines, Nubians, Toggenbergs, lessee what else. I forget, thank gawd.
Speaking of the horn buds, Ringling Brothers made a unicorn some 30 years ago by having a vet fuse the two horn buds on a young goat. I have seen images of rare deer that had a single antler in the middle of the forehead instead of a pair. Rhinos are the only animals I know of with mid-line horns, but their horns are more like dense hair than they are like true horns or antlers.