I have always had a hard time selling our goats. I knew that most people think of goats as an animal that is pretty self sufficient, not needing extra care with the ability to pretty much eat anything and survive. While that may be true of a few breeds of goat, it is definitely not true of the dairy breeds. When Wayne and I decided to sell our beloved goats, we tried to vet all the prospective buyers and wanted most of the animals to go together. We had many “applicants” of buyers to purchase our animals and found what we believed was a dream buyer. She was “building” a new barn at her farm in Eufala Oklahoma just for her goat purchasing and milking project. We basically fell in love with her enthusiasm.
The sale proceeded and our girls left our farm in April of 2015. Our buyer needed to make payments on the girls so I kept the papers with me. The first few months seemed to go smoothly, we communicated on a regular basis with her giving me regular updates and her payments on time, but as summer wore on, she stopped communicating.
We finally were able to communicate with her significant other and after many months were able to go and purchase the girls back. The original buyer was no longer “in the picture” and not present when we arrived. When we arrived to pick them up, I was shocked at the amount of weight the girls had lost. At least 40 and up to 55 lbs per animal. All because they were not fed and were left to care for themselves. The girls are now being lovingly cared for in the home of our good friend and goat partner in Big Cabin, Oklahoma. These dairy animals need to be fed a diet high in protein and vitamins, minerals. They need Alfalfa hay to produce the milk they provide every day. You can see the before pictures of our animals on this website and here are some after pictures of how the girls looked after we picked them up. This just saddens me and angers me. Please know that dairy goats need special care and nutrition to produce their wonderful milk
You can also see by the rough hair, the visible rib, hips and back bones, these girls are too thin and malnourished. Wayne and I are so glad we were able to intervene and rescue the girls. Thank you to Beth Clappson for helping us to take on the rehab of these girls and for wanting to help us continue the breeding program we had set in place.