Hello everyone, Thank you for reading me and giving me some of your precious time. I'm a suburbanite with rural roots who wants to find a way back to the country life. I'll never forget that moment in my daily grind through traffic when I heard that radio ad for Bluebell Ice Cream and I got actual tears in my eyes pining for the memories of my grandparents' farm property! Hence I'm trying to find a way that I can support myself and my family on the land, and I think it's going to come down to making good, home-grown, high-quality food. Anyway, I have some questions about goats. Yes, I'm really ignorant. 1. I have in mind a strategy of raising does for milk (and, then, cheese) and bucks for meat. Is this viable? (I want to be practical and smart, not romantic.) What else can you do with bucks? They seem "wasteful" since they don't make kids or give milk. 2. What is goat meat called? Is it tender/yummy? (compare, say, to rack of lamb, beef strip steak, pork sholder) 3. If you're going to slaughter a goat, how do you kill it? I'm not numb to the ramifications of this question yet -- still squeamish. 4. Why goats instead of sheep? 5. When and why do does start giving milk -- after they kid? Can they be inspired to do so without kidding? Do they keep producing milk long after they kid? Thanks for your help and your time! I'm very happy to be here.