If they are healthy, I'm getting my first sheep this weekend. we are all very excited.they are babydoll-icelandic mixes and thus very small. we are down to one goat right now so hopefully the goat and sheep will get along and form a herd. but a second goat is also in our future. we're waiting to find a good meaty buckling around $50 to raise and breed to our milk goat this fall.
Bill Molison (co-creator, describer, of "permaculture") was quoted as saying " eat your pets" I take that to mean things like I've done. I love my animals for who they are and when it is their time to go we respect them and remember them long after they have gone from this world. often that process includes eating them. some people think of pets as human beings which is just false. My cat thinks shes a human and thats fine I don't eat carnivors. but my chickens always knew they were chickens so those I've eaten, I've also cared for, which is alot more than can be said of store bought chicken.
the goat I slaughtered I loved and it was painful to say goodbye to her. but she played her part in life and for a goat had a pretty good length of life, she was at least ten (if not more)years old. we love and appreciate the animals in our care but they are also what sustains us.
I welcome comments but don't get on the computer much lately (its growing season). best of luck in your gardens and lives.