Milking a goat seemed very mysterious and difficult the first time I set out to try. And what was I supposed to do with the milk after!?! Plus it seemed like there were so many different ways to do things. Milking machine or hand milking? Raw or pasteurized? What did I need to have on […]
This was a year of triplets for our dairy goats. One set was bottle raised, but the other set stayed with mama to be dam raised. Sadie, the mama of the dam raised kids, had a healthy appetite, but the herbal blend, MilkMaid, gave her that pep she needed to keep her supply where the […]
A week or so ago, our goats’ milk sacks filled up, and I finally believed they were pregnant. But then Sissy, our brown doe, came down with milk fever. Pippy, the black one, was and still is fine. But Sissy was in bad shape. We learned a lot, and treated her as best we could, […]
We’ve put a lot of thought into adding goats to our farm, and have been planning their entrance for almost two years. When considering goats, we selected Nigerian Dwarf Goats for a wide variety of reasons.
There are a lot of different teat washes out there, a lot of them contain bleach. I just can’t wrap my head around washing a goat’s udder and teats with bleach. I understand the reasoning, to kill all the bacteria that could potentially cause a problem. Bleach, even diluted, is harsh. Here’s a better homemade […]