Hello, I am thinking about getting a dairy goat. My fiance and I are moving to the fingerlakes region of New York and we are planning on living the homestead life. My long term goal is to buy a heifer calf and raise her to be our milk cow, but I am strongly considering getting a milk goat to learn on and to provide us with milk till the cow gets going. I have a few questions. The first is what is the best way to locate a milk goat for sale in upstate New York? I've looked online and found a few goat farms/dairies so I know there are goats around. But how do you locate just the average goat person? I'm not really concerned about registered stock or super high production. I'd like a good run-of-the-mill grade doe. How do you locate the small goat lover who may have one to sell but no website? What is the best time of year, stage of lactation to buy a milk goat? I recognize that goats need companionship. Are two milking goats better than onedoe and a wether or one doe and her kid? If I bought a milking goat and a buck kid as a wether, would she need the wether's company after she kidded? I mean, are her kids sufficient companionship for her or will she need another mature goat? I would be contemplating eating/selling the wether at that point if it was not stressful on the doe. I don't want to keep a lot of excess animals around to feed if at all possible.