Michelle Liga is a West Virginian technology integrations specialist who started using EasyKeeper in 2013 to keep records for her Oberhasli dairy goats.
“This may sound mean, but we started with what I'd call a mutt goat–a mix of a couple different breeds, and the milk was terrible,” Michelle said as she reflected on her early experiences with goat milk. “Some people suggested I look into Oberhasli because they produce sweeter milk. I did my research on the other breeds and ended up with Oberhasli. They do produce a very sweet milk, almost like vitamin D milk from the store.
“I have what I call goat therapy time. It’s like watching a fish tank. I go out and sit with the goats and it’s so relaxing that it makes up for the times the weather’s not great or I can’t do the things I want to do because I have a higher responsibility to take care of my girls."
Her hard work was rewarded in early 2016 when the herdshare bill was passed. While it was a great step forward, as of April 2017 there are still some holdups that are keeping farmers from instituting herdshare agreements on their farms. The rules guiding the law have not been clearly defined, so Michelle and her fellow farmers are waiting patiently for more guidance before fully taking advantage of the new law.
"For some things, pencil and paper is best," Michelle said. "But in the case of keeping track of everything that I need to do for the goats, it's just so much easier using EasyKeeper."