How Hard a Plight This Can Be

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” 
― Abraham Lincoln 

Dairy animals.

Sigh. Still sad over the loss of our lovely little doe kid, excited yet over the trip to see the best of the best Dairy goats in the Nation tomorrow. . .

We have now been milking a cow (Elsie then Ellie) with a month's break for 1.5 years. I've been handmilking a herd of dairy goats for full or near lactation cycles for 5 years now. . .once without a break for over 2 years.

Dairy animals are hardcore. They are the make, break and shake you. They are the one livestock you really have to deeply consider before you step into, jump or dive into. Mull them over and over and over again.

No other animal you bring to your farm will tax you so much in time, money or heart.

Most people in dairy goats or cows last under 3 years. There is a reason. . .

I want to throw the towel in with goats and cows monthly, weekly or daily - depending on the time of year.

Nothing makes one work harder and fail harder.

“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
― Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho