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Nurse goats?

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Hi all :) I'm thinking of buying 10-20 doe kids from a local goat dairy with the idea that they could supply milk for my orphan and dairy lambs. I got this idea after seeing a goat nursing 2 lambs, but even if they won't nurse the lambs I can milk them and feed it to the lambs. I know that quite a few people keep cows for this purpose but I'm not 100% confident with large animals so it seems like the perfect solution. Will I need an electric fence? One or two hot wires? I'm thinking of getting Nubian x Saanens, but they could be any breed, is there any preference? I'd also likely keep a buck, what breed would be best over the Snubians? I have access to British Alpines, Nubians, Toggenburgs and Saanens. Of coarse feel free to tell me that I'm completely mad, I need to know if it's a good idea or not, so I can start pushing to buy the kids!
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You might want to look at the thread on electric fencing. And all the other threads about escaping goats.

The saying is... if the fence won't hold smoke, it won't hold a goat. There is much truth in that.
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