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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Pomology

Pomology

We have a new category here on the blog: Pomology! The definition of pomology is the science of cultivating fruit. We’ve alluded to our fruit trees only in our About Us page and perhaps a few fleeting mentions here and there on some posts. Yet the fact of the matter is that pomology has always been of great importance to us. Our family consumes a lot of fruit, and we make many trips to local U-pick farms throughout the summer and fall to get…

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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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How To Get Wool From Angora Rabbits – The Easy Way

How To Get Wool From Angora Rabbits – The Easy Way

With all the excitement of goat kids, we’ve all but forgotten to mention the other animals on here (and the newly started garden – more on that later.) Today, we’ll talk about our French Angora Rabbits. Frequently, people ask us if we shear our rabbits to get wool from them. You could shear them with scissors or clippers, but that leaves a blunt end on the fibers that makes it just a little more difficult to spin. We employ a different method…

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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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