Sunday, August 15, 2010

Monday is Goat Day!

Pictures will be posted tomorrow-
We are getting 4 Nubian goats. 2 of the goats we'll need to milk once a day.
Grace, Sierra, Phyllis and Fiona. Grace is the oldest at 7 years old, Sierra is 2 and Phyllis and Fiona are 4 months old.

Grace produces about 2 quarts and Sierra just a pint or so.
Enough to get us started practicing making cheese! Now I never, ever thought I'd have goats milk in my coffee, but I did yesterday morning. Only a slight goat flavor. Though Mike had the milk with his cereal and I really couldn't tell the difference and would have had no idea it was goat milk and not cow milk. The kids used it to make mac and cheese as well. (We were out of regular milk so we used what we had gotten from the practice session that Mike and the kids went to on Friday. The seller let us keep the milk and take it home.)

We'll be goat proofing the barn and all learning how to milk the girls. We're going to do it the old fashioned way and just milk them by hand into a milking bucket. In a year or so when we have more than 4, then we may get a milking machine and do a setup to milk 4 at a time but for now we'll just have fun doing this ourselves.

Ah-- 4 more animal names to memorize.


Anonymous said...

Wow, now you really can't take a vacation. However, Steve and I have talked about watching the farm for you (as long as you promise to come back!) but having dairy goats is almost a deal MAKER. I would LOVE to milk a goat (less presure I think than a cow).
By thw way, we got our first EGG!

LindaG said...

Congratulations! :)
I often think I'd like to have a couple goats (mostly because a lot of the blogs I follow have goats and they seem neat. ;) )
But hubby is a cow man, hehe. :)
Good luck with them! :)

Toni aka irishlas said...

Wow! That is awesome! I would love to have goats, but, I don't know if I'd want to be that homebound by milking. I'll just wait for you to sell your artisan cheeses!

Can I babysit them?

Annette said...

Yes, yes--- babysitters are welcome!!
We are going to need backups so the longer the list the better.

Yeah-- your first egg-- I love the first little eggs- they are so cute it cracks me up.