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.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Milk Weights And A Beautiful Blog Post

The girls are staying fairly consistent so far with milk weights. I'm going to post them every so often to keep them fresh in my mind and I'll let you know that these little beauties deserve their milk stars so I'm working on that next.
these weights are with kids on daily  but locked up for roughly 11 to 12 hours at night. I would get highrer butterfat milk in the evenings I 'm sure but I'm letting the kids have the good stuff while they grow. I'll get mine later.   *U*
Luci 5.80
Lola 5.70
Phoebe 5.65
Miss Kay 5.65
Stella 4.75
There's a beautiful blog post here. I want to jump up and say "me too!" because the woman the post is about could be me. I love my life and my goats are a huge part of that.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Come See Us!

Barn Records

I finally got a verifiable scale to weigh our milk and I'm like a kid with a new toy!
Here's what the girls did this morning:
Luci 6.20 33 days fresh 1 buckling on her
Lola 5.45 36 days fresh with triplets but only 2 bucks on
Phoebe 5.05 35 days fresh with twin bucklings on
Miss Kay 5.30 34 days fresh with twins on (1buck 1doe)
Stella 4.45 34 days fresh with a single doeling

Friday, March 20, 2015

Morning Chores

12 healthy kids so far this year. I'm so grateful!

Lola is only feeding two this year. I took her girl to bottle feed.

In about a month or so I will have the luxury of turning this into Crottin and Tommes!

Phoebe as a first freshner has wowed me with her attachment, capacity and test placement and size. She gives two quarts every morning before I let the boys back on her. I would like to improve the fore udder.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Essential Oils

I'm using DoTerra OnGuard essential oil blend in water for teat dip. This stuff is reported very powerful and I think it's worth a try. Any comments, thoughts or opinions?


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

FF Udders 2015

Here is my lovely string of first fresheners
Phoebe, Miss Kay, and Stella
all just about 2 weeks fresh
Miss Kay kidded on 2/23 not bad!

This is My Next Project!

after making some soap of course. The goats and I and our soaps have been invited again to be part of the Co-op's Customer Appreciation Days on April 11th. The Co-op is our local feedstore. They set up a new and clean, wonderful pen for the goats in the warehouse and a table and chairs for me. It's a super fun day, with a petting zoo, horse clinics, and the birds of prey and honey bees and the Reptile Man all there. Of course there's food- BBQ in the parking lot and the local radio station, prizes, free samples, etc. It's going to be a good day! Come by and say hi! (and buy some soap)

(want to know how to say crottin? here's a link)