I love goats!!
I grew up with goats off and on. I drank goats milk as soon as I weaned at 8 months. So, to answer one of the questions--and I don't claim to be an expert, so don't quote me on this--I believe that goats milk is second to breastmilk for babes. I have heard strories of babies getting goat colostrum when they weren't able to get it from mom. I believe it is much healthier than cow milk because it is more easily digestible. As far as raising them, hmmm. Well, my mom started out with a nanny goat and two babies, in order to get the milk, you need a mama goat either still pregnant or shortly after birthing. Also, they do get lonely, so at least two is a good idea (but our goats buddied up w/ the sheep too). Where to get them? Well, there's a lady down the road here who raises them, maybe she could ship one to you? LOL. I highly recommend them. In fact I would have some in a heartbeat if I didn't live in town. My dd requested goat milk the other day (!) so I've been trying to get some from the lady down the road. My mom had plenty of room for hers to roam and so although they do nibble on pretty much anything in front of them, it wasn't ever really a problem. And the personalities!! They really are so very sweet and people friendly and unique! If you have the time and space for them, you can't go wrong!! (FYI, one problem we did have when we tried to adopt out some of our goats to a family w/ small kids was that the kid goats would butt and knock down the people kids in play, but as a result, they couldn't keep the goats
) If you want to know more, let me know and I can pick my mom's brain about them.