And I guess give me the cons, too.
I really, really really want to get some dairy goats. (No less than two, no more than 4) My husband is very against the idea for some reason. Maybe he knows something I don't?
We have a 2.5 acre pasture. It's fenced with barbed wire, but I'm pretty sure that's not going to be enough to keep goats in, right? What kind of shelter will they need? And I know they will eat just about anything, but how much supplemental feed will they need? How much do you spend to feed 2-4 goats?
I found three goats on Craigslist that are just so sweet for $250 total. (Is that something that is okay to buy from someone on the internet?) A Lamancha mama, in milk, with a doeling and buckling. I'm not really sure I would want a male goat, but would be okay with raising it for butchering, or selling. (Would he need to be castrated if we raised him for meat?)
My husband is more open to the idea of a milk cow, but I just feel that it would be SO much more expensive to feed. My family goes through a LOT LOT LOT of milk, and I have always wanted to 1) save money on milk and 2) know exactly what is in the milk my children are drinking. (We buy the cheapest stuff at the store...I can't afford 6 gallons of organic a week!)
I know so little about goats that I don't even know what I don't know.