We do!!! We are finally beginning to get goat milk!!
Our older female had dried up by the time we got her, so they guys have been working to get her to start producing again. Slowly but surely, she began giving milk over the weekend. At this point, they have not gotten more than half a cup, but we are praying she quickly increases.
The younger female is pregnant for the first time, expected to birth in mid-February. The baby kid will get her milk for the first three days, then our babies will! And hopefully, our next step....more goats!!
We have also been given a donation from Roy Vicker's Sunday school class of North End Baptist Church of Beaumont, TX to build new goat pens to house more goats! And a gift from my mom's childhood best friend Joyce and her Awana kids of First Baptist Chruch of Jal, NM to buy a new mama goat! If prices are the same as when I last checked, I believe we will have enough to buy a goat who is already producing so that we will not have to wait.
The goats' pens must be elevated to fascilitate better milk quality.
As you can see, we have the area for plenty of goat pens, but the area is not conducive to housing goats and modified before we bring in more.
We are so blessed to have space for their housing and confined grazing.
THANK YOU to those who are making a difference in our babies' lives by making a way for them to be fed in a much healthier way! Yea goats! And, Yea friends of HCO!!
And just another update...I wrote on Facebook about the unfortunate event of our big German Shepherd killing our male goat, but I don't think I posted it here. Yes, sadly, big Judah got a little out of control with Billy. They are usually kept apart: Judah confined in the daytime, the goats confined part of the day and all night. Apparently, in my absence, the ones in charge of watching the goats were not so diligent in keeping them apart. Again, conversations via the phone with those who do not speak much English have proven to be another challenge in "directing" from a distance.
So rather than buying the staff a goat to roast for Christmas dinner, they had an early goat roast in November (on our Thanksgiving Day actually) as their Christmas dinner budget was just re-allocated to buying a new stud goat!
I guess I have more goat-buying on my to-do list when I return to Kenya! Woo hoo!