If you have ever had animals, you know that vacations can be rough. Do you take them or leave them? If left, who will you entrust them to? When it comes to your milk goats, that can become even more of a problem, especially when you will be gone for an extended period of time. You cannot take your goats with you; they simply don’t travel well. You cannot leave them at a friends house, and you have to find someone with the ability to properly care for them. So, how do you ever do anything?!
Here is the first step: cultivate interest and knowledge in your friends! Share some of that lovely milk, and talk those you trust into learning how to milk and care for your goats well before planning your get-away. Once you have a few people who can and will milk and feed, for trade or money, you can plan your trip.
One thing you must include in your planning is a checklist to leave behind for your substitue farmer(s). You must have contact information for you and your veterinarian, as well as alert your vet that he may get calls from someone who is caring for your animals. Care information sheets that detail feed and milking routines can be a huge help and give your substitute a good feeling so they will come back. A listing of normal and abnormal goat behavior is also a good idea. I also like to leave a chart of my farm/homestead animal quarters with food, water, supplements and emergency equipment stations noted. Planning ahead will give both you, and your sub, peace of mind.
With this in mind, I have drawn up some checklists that I use here that you can download and alter for your own use. I hope they help you on your next vacation!