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Goats and Grads

Goats and Grads

Goats and Grads

On October 21st Pathology PhD students had the pleasure of spending time with the goats of Elodie Farms in Rougemont, NC. The goat farm is owned by a Duke alumna, Sandra Vergara, the animal husbandry manager, and her husband, the entrepreneur. This trip, organized by the Pathology PhD Program Social Committee, got us out of the lab, and off campus, to an historic early 20th century tobacco farm turned goat dairy where we had the opportunity to mix and mingle with goats of many backgrounds, as well as a mini donkey. We learned about the goat cheese production process and about the goats themselves; discovering that each goat has a name and a personality of its own. Speaking to their unexpected amiability, Teilo Schaller said that he was “pleasantly surprised by the friendly, almost cuddly, demeanor of these vaulting fuzzy creatures.” Furthermore, Byron Hayes said he found the goats “more approachable than some of the cats and dogs that [he has] been around that are kept as pets.” Seeing that a Duke PhD alumna has the capacity to don the titles of scientist and goat mother simultaneously, Laura Valente commented that this trip “is making me rethink my life goals… I want to surround myself with goats and definitely a mini donkey.” Based on these student comments, we can say with confidence that this goat trip left us with a delicious taste – from the goat cheese and cracker sampling and from spending an afternoon getting to know these fun and friendly creatures. Laura’s thoughts mirror the statement printed on a particular t-shirt present on this trip: “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a goat and that’s pretty much the same thing.”
A goat having a snack.

A goat having a snack.

The men who stare at goats.

The men who stare at goats.

 

The way to a goat’s heart is through its four stomachs.

The way to a goat’s heart is through its four stomachs.

 

A goat with a grand view.

A goat with a grand view.