*Update pg.3!* I am so excited! This is my first year doing FFA, and at first my parents were only going to let me get a meat chicken. Then, my dad, out of the blue, just told me I could get a dairy goat ! I really don't know when I will be getting the baby, or even who the leader is though. My ag advisor doesn't tell us anything, but I will get it figured out. : ) We have started researching about feed and such, and we are trying to get an idea about expenses. Many years ago, I had two pygmy goats, but we sold them after a few years of showing to someone who wanted pets. They were really picky, and only ate the leaves out of the alfalfa, I think I was only in 4th grade, so I don't remember that much. It sounds like dairy goats are a lot different though, and I just think it will be a great project. I found this awesome website: http://fiascofarm.com/goats/feeding.htm#kid . It has tons of good info. Does anyone have advice about feeding, care, milking, breeds, etc.? I have heard nubians are a good breed, and I was thinking about getting a doe and a whether, they are herd animals after all. I have also been dying for raw goats milk, it is so good for you! I can finally start making homemade kefir! Also, my neighbor is a vet who has a large herd of meat goats that she milks too. I will be talking to her soon, I helped her bottle feed some babies last summer already. Thanks for any advice, I am super excited and have a lot to learn!