Hello Everyone! My boyfriend and I are going to be purchasing my parents home this summer when they retire and move to Eastern Washington. Its a great place with WAY more space for us than our current place in the city. It sits on 5 acres (2.5 of it is cleared) and has a 6-stall barn for the horses. Ive got my retired horse and a mini-horse there now and I'm already making big plans for the rest of the property I plan to board a two or three other horses to help pay for a some of the mortgage so the horse barn will be full. Im also planning on converting the large shed into a chicken house with two separated areas, one for my current laying flock and another pen for a breeding flock (not sure what breed yet!). My other plan is to get a few goats, something I know absolutely nothing about! We would like the goats for pets as well as for milking. As I said before, only about 2. 5 acres is cleared so the bulk of the pasture will need to go to the horses until we can start clearing more of the land. Since we want to conserve space I was thinking about getting either dwarf or pygmy goats. Im hoping those of you with goat experience can help me out with answers to some of my questions. - Ive heard pygmies and dwarfs can be good little milkers Is this true? Is one breed better than the other production wise? How much milk can we expect to get from a goat this size? - Im early into thinking about this, but I am looking at getting two does and a buck so that we can breed them and keep ourselves in milk. Is this an acceptable ratio of boys to girls? Will they need to be separated? - Should I have concerns about a buck around two small children (ages 4 and 8)? - What sort of pasture would three pygmys or dwarfs require? How big would a goat shelter/barn need to be? - What other feed do they need to supplement pasture grass and about how much do they generally need? - How often do the does need to be milked when they are producing? - Are there any other important things I should know or plan for before diving into goat ownership?