for people who love the littlest dairy goats
Sunday's post conference workshop is for those who are interested in producing their own dairy products with goats. It will be held at Antiquity Oaks Farm, home of a small herd of Nigerian dwarf and mini la mancha dairy goats that provide all of the dairy products for the Niemann-Boehle family. We'll start out in the barn with milking goats, then head into the kitchen to start making mozzarella, chevre, queso blanco, yogurt, and buttermilk. We'll also talk about how to make hard cheeses such as cheddar and parmesan. Next, you'll learn to make goat milk soap using the cold process method. After lunch, we'll head out to the barn and pastures to talk about fencing, housing, and goat health. You'll learn about nutrition and how to administer medicine, trim hooves, and assess a goat's body condition. If you want milk, the does have to give birth, so we'll talk about breeding and kidding: pros and cons of pen breeding vs hand breeding, what's normal in birth and when to intervene, as well as benefits of dam raising vs raising kids on a bottle.