18 Goats and Growing in Etna 

Rick Kelley lives in Etna. He and his wife have full-time jobs and four children. But they also have – goats.”We didn’t know a thing about goats,” Kelley says. That was five years ago, before his son brought one home.”They’re so loveable. You try to say a number that you’re going to stick with, and they next thing you know, you’re buying another, and another and another,” he says.They tried to keep it to ten – now they have 18. They have Nubians, LaManchas, and another kind.”We have a couple of Tennessee fainters.”That would be Oreo and Anabelle. They’re fainting goats, pretty to look at – until they get too excited or scared.”Their muscles stiffen up and it causes their legs to lock up and typically they will fall over,” Kelley says. “It’s when you least expect it is when they’ll fall over. Our buck, I’ve seen him just standing there and the next thing you know you hear a thud, and he’s on his side.”No goats fainted during our stay at Hollow Maple Farm.”They learn to keep their legs stiff and they just hobble along,” he says of his three-year-old pair.Kelley’s family breeds and shows their goats. They make goat milk soaps, and have plans to sell their milk and cheeses.”Do we make a lot of money here off the farm? No. We don’t break even here,” he says.He says that’s really not the point.”The milk is nice, the cheese is nice,” he says, “but the companionship is the best part about having goats.”