Awesome!! How fun they sound. Great info, thanks Joe!!
Dawn in Tahoe
--- Joe <JosephMHall@...
> Sorry to intrude on your group but Liam left the
> back door open. I
> live in the mountains of Western North Carolina and
> after a year of
> researching have just gotten three kids to train for
> backpacking. I
> think one reason it is big out west and rare here is
> that we have a
> lot of rhododendron, which is as attractive and
> deadly to a goat as
> antifreeze to a dog. In fact on my first short hike
> with my little
> guys, one of them got very sick, though we were
> vigilant about trying
> to keep them away from the stuff. I've seen Llamas
> around here with a
> bag made from screen over their nose and mouth,
> which will let them
> drink but not eat, so it looks like I'll be ordering
> some of those.
> Most packers are catrated males, called wethers.
> They can't carry a
> full load until they are about three years old. My
> guys are as fun,
> loving and trainable as puppies. They are herd
> animals so you need at
> least two for companionship. The biggest pain is
> bottle feeding. The
> actual feeding and bonding you do is fun, but
> washing bottles, finding
> a milk source, mixing with milk replacer, etc. is a
> little time
> consuming. But this is when they bond with you and
> also when they do
> their kid dance and provide entertainment. You can
> buy them already
> trained for about $300 but my 3 altogether cost me
> $50. In the long
> run I think they will cost less than my dogs for
> food, shelter, health
> and college tuition. I have a Saanen and 2 Alpines.
> There are 5 big
> dairy breeds that pack. Long eared Nubians prefer to
> stay home and
> watch TV.
> For more info go to - Packgoat - yahoo group.
> Thanks, Joe
> "Goat where you want to go."
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