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nd a fresh goat that you likeand buy her. She will probably have horns. She may,or may not, be a good milker; but, at any rate, use yourbest judgment. If possible, get a doc with a buck kid,and include the kid in the purchase. If you have tolearn to milk, and are not much of a success at first,the kid will finish the job for you and so prevent yourignorance from spoiling the doc. At any rate, the doewould the more quickly adjust herself to the new home,if her kid is with her. As soon as the new duties andrelationships are established, the kid can fulfill hisdestiny as a Sunday roast. The next point in her advice is particularly prac-ticable for the people of a garden city where largenumbers are thinking of a little goat dairy. She urgesthat 50 to 100 families who have bought these commondoes shall coinI)ine in the purchase of a high-priced,thoroughbred buck, and proceed to produce half-breeds, ■■■■ ^^H^^^^ ^ ^^^^^^^H ^P^^^. : Iq : ^^M £ I ^^^^Bm^ 9 ^^■4 _f -^ ni^ Hdi s o _^
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Cfi < B5 «O -^til «r 03 g :: B *And Thou Shalt Have Goats MUk 155 of which about one-half will probably be does. Thesehalf-breed docs should be bred to the thoroughbredbuck, and the next generation will be three-fourths pure,which Miss Richards assures us is pure enough for allpractical purposes. In fact, she says that very oftenit will be hardly possible to distinguish between thethree-fourths grade in appearance or other qualities. In this way an entire community could be suppliedwith splendid milch goats, and thus solve one of themost important problems of the garden home. Thedrawback about this plan is that it would require aboutthree years to bring it to fruition, and during thatperiod most people would have to depend on the milk-man. Of this aspect of the matter. Miss Richardssays: A long time to wait for results, do you think? Notso long as you wait for your orchard to come intoprofitable bearing, and you have some by-products asyou go—enough milk to balance the books, a
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