It's been just over two months. Our report card in shepherding school is sporting an E for Excellent! This was the sight this morning when we arrived. All 9 goats were waiting at the fence for us. All of them!
We are now able to feed each of them from our hands which even just a week ago was impossible with some of them. The secret to that was finding that high-value snack - in our herd's case it's Spanish Moss and air plants. It's almost like goat crack.
The goats are doing their job well - clearing brush and trees so that we can make meadows and walk through the property without having to belly crawl through the brush.
We sill have a long way to go, we still have a lot to learn, and we still are winging it some days, but we are very proud of how far we have come in such a short period of time.//tr
In 2014 a couple of 40-somethings decided to make a change. The purchase of 10 raw, pine scrub acres along Florida's Nature Coast started it all. This is that story.