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Re: [Hammock Camping] Packgoat

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  • Dawn Harkins
    Awesome!! How fun they sound. Great info, thanks Joe!! Dawn in Tahoe ... __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam?
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 3, 2006
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      Awesome!! How fun they sound. Great info, thanks Joe!!

      Dawn in Tahoe

      --- Joe <JosephMHall@...> wrote:

      > 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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