I've been debating getting a couple does for our yard, but I'm not certain about it. It would not be until next year. The pros: Goats milk, cheese, etc. Pets for my sons Self reliance The cons: I'm scared to death of kidding Having to find a milker when we want to go camping or on vacation Cost of feed and housing I'm really not sure about this one. How long are they fertile if we kept them as pets, with the option to breed for milk later? How much do they eat? What is the cost of keeping them if they won't be given much room? In reality they'd be confined to an area that is about 40x50 feet. What kind of housing are we talking for two goats? I know the cream doesn't seperate off in goats milk, do any of you spin it off? I know that's not always easy but we only use real butter and we spend a fortune on it now, so I think it might be worthwhile for us. Anyway, how much work are your goats, and do you consider the cost to benefit worthwhile?