I had used your network about 10 years ago when I put up a search for family members in Jamaica that I did not know of. So after seeing photos of you due to my recent contact I recognized you immediately!
I often talk about my Mum's Cousin who had over 100 goats in Kingston which she walked out early each morning to graze, then would bring them back home, separate the the herd and then prepare to milk the nannies.
She would tether them, wash the teats then milk them 1 after the other and then put the milk into a large milk churn which would be collected.
The rest of the milk she would put into a huge pot and bring to the boil to sterilize for sale. People would bring their own jugs or glass rum bottles to buy it.
Some of the milk she would pour upon tea leaves in a huge tea pot before it cooled and I frequently drank this milky tea as a child of 8 years old when I visited.
Just as the Goat Farmer said, she would separate into gender groups but left the small kids with their mothers.
She had 4 rooms and a verandah all made of wood (the kitchen was a large building made of bricks alongside the house, she used charcoal or wood) and the animals were kept under the house which was about 6ft high from the ground, she raked this space everyday and then spread Dry Straw in each section before letting them back into the shade.
She would have fresh grass in bundles delivered every evening by a Man in a horse-drawn cart pulled by 1 Mule.
She also made salted cheese and sold live ram goats to butchers for meat.
This was how she earned her living, although her husband was a tailor and had 1 room as his workshop with a sewing machine and work bench/table a huge iron that hot coal was put into and placed on a stand to press the material as he worked.
She would also help him in the evenings by doing hand sewing on garments he made. It was very interesting to watch as so many people raise just 1 or 2 animals and they never use any of the milk for themselves or children or even to make cheese.
Glad to know that some people are rearing these animals in a sustainable way to improve their income.
Wellesley's Note Wow, wow! Yes it is me Ann :-)
Love your feedback and the story. Thank you so much, it is a blessing.
Yes, we need more of this sustainable way of living.
Glad you enjoyed it my friend!
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