My plan is to get a couple of Alpine goats in the spring (we are FINALLY almost done putting up our fence!). I'd like to have at least two does so that I can always have one in milk. We don't drink much milk, but I plan to make yogurt, cheese, butter, fudge, soap...all kinds of goodies. Anyway, I see that some of you have Mini Alpines, but I haven't been able to find much information on-line about them. In the past, I was planning to get Nigerian Dwarfs, but read all sorts of horror stories about them being escape artists. So...I'm torn. I like the idea of a small goat because they eat less and produce less, but I do have what I not-so-lovingly refer to as "man hands" and I don't know about milking those tiny teats! Sorry for the rambling!!! Anyway, can any of you that have experience with Alpines and Minis give me some guidance? AND...if I do decide on Minis, is there anywhere near Northeastern Ohio where I can find some? P.S. If I'm reading right, a 1st generation Mini Alpine is just one who has been born from crossing an Alpine with a Nigerian Dwarf, right? Thanks!