Welcome to Rock Paper Scissor’s last installment of Dairy Diaries. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about their experiences running a small goat dairy in Cummington, MA. We encourage you to reach out to them if you’re ever in the area so you can try some of their fresh goat’s milk. Or, if you’re so inclined, you can donate to their operation here. Thanks for reading, and we look forward to continuing the Dairy Diary series by hearing from more awesome micro-dairy farmers around the country!
Expect the Unexpected!
About a week ago, Angie and I were getting ready to sit down to dinner with everyone from the homestead, and someone shouted out that one of our goats was in the road! We were pretty shocked because Angie had just milked and put everyone in their evening enclosure. And when we did a quick headcount, sure enough, everyone was accounted for– thank goodness!
There is a community spirit that is present in this lovely little town of Cummington, MA, and it is the kind of thing I hope I never take for granted. During dinner two other neighbors drove up to let us know one of our goats was in the road, and we thanked them and gave our assurance that it wasn’t our goat. I have to say, it was pretty amazing to have three separate sets of folks (all of whom we’d never met before) take the time to help with a lost animal.
Just before dessert, a little black and white doeling ran right up to our herd. Meet Trouble!
Trouble stayed with us ten whole days before we found her people. We called her Trouble affectionately, but there was no doubt in our minds how she ended up wandering the streets– that little goat can jump! She kept us on our toes for sure. We called around to other farms and neighbors, put the word out of the internet, and even put up “Goat Found!” flyers around town.
It turns out, she jumped out of a car while being transported to her new home. She walked/ran/jumped about for an amazing 7.5 miles to get to our farm! So even if she is fairly mischievous, you’ve got to admire the tenacity in that smart little goat. We were happy to have a visitor for a few days, glad to reunite Trouble with her owners, and grateful to the experience to remind us that this is what small-scale farming is about. It’s about knowing your neighbors, making connections, and keeping each other and our creatures safe when things go awry.