My herd is small, clean, and closed. I raise these beautiful goats for milk

My herd is small, clean, and closed. I raise these beautiful goats for milk
These goats really work. I use the milk for cheese and soap, and other things. I milk by hand and expect lots of good tasting milk and nice manners on the stanchion.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CAE/ CL Negative


Always happy for negative results!

Friday, February 20, 2015

First Kids of 2015

Phoebe gave me twin bucklings. One jet black (so far) the other moonpots. Nice long ears but they will be wethered. Phoebe's udder is gorgeous and the teats are good sized and well-placed. She's easy to milk so far. Nice thick stream. She will be a family milker because she has a small flaw. Sad because she's gorgeous and sweet. I will enjoy her milk though, and not worry about showing her.
 




Phoebe's udder right before kidding.
I will post more pictures in a few days.
 
Lola and Fiona are both due and ready to go any time. Miss Kay is also due but not looking quite ready.
 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Sunny Day

We have had such foggy, gray skies that today was a magnificent treat! Just in time, too. We have babies due next week. I'm pretty sure Fiona isn't going to wait that long though. Her ligaments are totally gone.
Here are a few shots of today.
 
Luci giving her pet boy a hug.
 
 
Pheobe and Fiona
 
Kusko and Pacha



 
I'm pretty sure Luci is telling him a secret.
 

 
It's sunny and I don't get to go to yoga class today so why not outside with my barn buddies?
 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Blood Draw Day

Today was the first sunny day we have had in too long. Glad we picked such a great day to spend drawing blood for CAE/CL testing and getting the last of the feet trimmed.
 
The majority of the girls are due the 3rd week this month- so soon! I am really excited!



Lola below always has triplets like her dam before her. I'm really hoping her daughters follow suit.
She has less than 2 weeks to go and looks about as big as usual toward the end.
 
Notice my little white alpaca in the background? He still hates me. :(
 



These girls don't want any more scratches or treats. Their jugulars have been poked and they are afraid it will happen again.
 

 
The goats that got tested were all the ones above 1 year old. Results will be in by the end of next week.

 Lola XN02189
Adelle XN03902
Stella XN03901
Phoebe XN03904...
Miss Kay XN03903
Miss Ruth XN03905
Snicklefritz XN02216
Fiona N1567249
Luci N1401872



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Soaps!


While the girls are resting and growing babies I'm making soap from their milk- 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Next Adventure: Alpacas

The drive home from Goldendale was interesting...for my son! ha ha!
 
I traded a nice buckling for two darling Alpacas and they are really adorable looking in my barn.I have no idea how to shear them. Or trim their feet. Or their teeth. Or castrate them, which wormer to use...and a dozen other things. But I enjoy learning new things and research is half the fun.
They will live with the goat herd. They're supposed to be good guardians right? Protection against coyotes, of which I have so many? Time will tell. I'll report on that later.
 
  When we got home the horses were curious to know why I had parked my big vehicle in their pasture, right in front of the barn door.
 I don't think the horses are impressed one bit with these two young alpacas. The goats are agreeing with the horses on this one.
My youngest son, however, is enjoying them.
The little white boy is soaking wet and muddy and matted which is sad. I saw a picture of him last week and he was fluffy and pretty.


The chocolate colored boy has dreamy eyes. I love his soft fleece. Hopefully I will learn to do something with it. I'm on the lookout for a mentor.
I haven't named them yet.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Milk 'n Honey Ranch

Take a peek at my Autumn soaps! They are divine! Made with 100% full fat, creamy raw goat milk from my beautiful herd of dairy goats, beeswax from my bees, and lanolin, shea butter, olive and coconut oils, and lard.