We bought our first goat in about January of 2012 and started our co-op in about March, with 13 families. Our very first goat was a goat named Delilah that was NOT a bottle baby, NOT dehorned, and NOT the age she was sold to me as! I bought her from a mexican family down by the border, and she was not CAE and CL tested, but I was so excited to get my first goat that I bought her anyway. She WAS, however, a great milker (after I trained her to use the stand!) She taught me the in's and out's of goat-hood and how to milk, and boy was she an easy milker and gave a ton! Looking back though I wish I would have just waited and went with my purebred registered CAE & CL free does to start with. There were no problems though, had her tested and everything was fine. I did eventually sell her to someone else who wanted a family milker so I'm glad she went to a good home and I'm glad I don't have any horns in my herd and that they are all bottle babies. =)
In 2009, we moved to a rural rental on the outskirts of San Diego to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and to get away from the chemicals in our food and in our life. Little did we know that just a few years later we would be real farmers; growing fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as many different kinds of chickens, ducks, turkey, bunnies, guineas, quail, goats and more! We left the suburbs for "Green Acres" and haven't looked back since!