Well today was pretty much a repeat of yesterday, just working at the store. Did have a brief discussion with someone though that made me think some of the folks reading this might be interested in the topic. Was talking to one of theguys about milk production and the pros and cons of cows versus goats. Basicly cattle are a lot bigger, eat more and typicaly only produce 1 young at a time with a much longer gestation period but they produce a LOT more milk (which can also be a drawback since even light produceing cattle generaly produce 5+ gallons per day, a lot more than most families can use unless selling it) and the milk is a lot easier to deal with since the only thing that generaly has a negative effect on the milks taste is if the cow gets into bad feed like say wild onions or garlic or whatever. Goats on the other hand are easy to handle and dont eat NEAR as much, normaly produce 2 kids at a time after a much shorter gestation period and produce a MUCH more reasonable amount of milk (the ones I have delt with were between 1/2 gallon and 1 gallon per day). On the down side goat milk can be effected by all the same things that can make a cows milk bad and also if the males are around them the milk takes on a taste like the foul odor of the male goat (female goats are quite clean and dont stink on their own but males mark themselves, the does and anything they can by urinating on it and STINK), goats milk also has a noticably diffrent flavor if not chilled VERY soon after milking (should start being cooled within minutes) and it is even more important than with cattle that they are milked in a sanitary way as far as rinseing the udder and such. As long as the milking and raising of the goats is done properly and you have decent does then goat milk tastes more like the cow milk you buy in the store than fresh cows milk dose and is also naturaly somewhat homogenized (the cream dosent seperate from the milk just from sitting) and while produced by a single goat in amounts apropriate for most families, if there is enouph for selling it generaly brings at least twice as much as cows milk. Goat milk is also MUCH more nutrient dense. Just figured it was something some might find interesting since nothing else went on today, and also seems apropriate to mention the discussion since it helps explain why we raise goats, or at least part of it, they are also WAY cheaper to buy and start breeding than cattle and the meat is kind of similar to deer.