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Dairy Goat Misconceptions

Dairy Goat Misconceptions

I love cows. When we were first talking about a dairy animal, I was really hoping for our own little Jersey or Dexter cow. Conceding that goats would probably be the more practical dairy animal for beginners was tough. Fortunately, Pepper and Flora have proven that just because “they” say all goats act a certain way, it’s not necessarily true.  I’ve been following several goat groups online, and have recently come to the conclusion that our goats don’t have any idea…

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Cheesemaking

Cheesemaking

This morning, I opened the mini-fridge that houses our milk (we store it in a separate fridge so we can keep the temperature colder without freezing all our produce) and discovered that there was no room for this morning’s milking.  We’ve never had an overflow of milk before, but I knew it would come at some point and have been eagerly awaiting it.  Extra milk means…homemade cheese! I found a simple recipe online, and while making cheese might sound impressive, I can assure you that anyone who has…

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The End of Kidding Season

The End of Kidding Season

Kidding season is awfully short when you only have two goats! Just like that, we’re done. When Steve went out to the barn this morning he could hear maa-ing from outside. He figured it was Pepper, who has been particularly vocal now that she has kids to herd around. However, as he got Pepper up onto the milk stand he realized that it was Flora calling out instead. Flora has been pretty much silent since we brought her home, so her sudden…

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Wrapping Up Whole30

Wrapping Up Whole30

We finished our Whole30 this past Friday – 30 days of ‘clean eating’ with no grains, sweeteners, dairy, legumes, soy, or anything artificial. Truthfully, we’re going all the way until Easter Sunday before we go off plan, but we decided to bring back dairy in after our 30 days. Not just any dairy, though: dairy from our own backyard!  Raw goat milk that is unpasteurized and non-homogenized and unbelievably creamy and delicious. We did Whole30 about 2 years ago, and it was a disaster. This…

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Baby Goats!

Baby Goats!

  We have goat kids! Thursday night found Steve and I playing midwives to a goat.  And thank goodness, the best word to describe the experience was ‘textbook.’ The whole process was exactly what we’d read a best case scenario would look like. Even better: I wasn’t on my own! This kidding happened in the evening after Steve was home from work. I’d been imagining for weeks that she’d go into labor on a freezing afternoon when Steve wasn’t due home until late…

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