for people who love the littlest dairy goats
I'm looking for input on one of my does.Gardenia is now 6, almost 7, and has freshened for us 3 times, Nov 2009, Feb 2011, and June 2012. The June kidding happened while we were having some severe…Continue
This is a study that was done on Swedish milk goats to see if there would be much of a difference in fat content/cheese yield depending on when/if kids nursed before or after milking. …Continue
So, a little off-topic for goats, but I though maybe someone might have some ideas.My border collie managed to get into the barn through the cat door and attacked my 4 week old turkey poults. They're…Continue
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I thought I'd share a little about how we've set up our barn for the goats for the winter. We have a 17m X 24m (~56' X 80') pole shelter. From what we can tell it was originally just a roof with no walls, possibly intended for hay storage, but at some point it was enclosed with plywood. Over time this plywood has deteriorated leaving gaps. We live on the Canadian Prairies and temperatures get pretty cold. The goats do just fine in our big breezy set-up.
Today at milking time I noticed a bit of blood on the paper towel that I used to wash Sumac's udder with. I took a look and saw that she had a bad cut on it. This happens from time to time as some of our fencing is barbed wire and the goats like to find places to squeeze through it. When it happens we carefully hand-milk the doe rather than using the machine, and we keep the cut dry and clean until it heals. Sumac's cut was pretty deep and I could see something that I thought might be the…Continue
After almost 5 years of planning and dreaming we finally got our goat cheese business up and running in 2011. The idea was planted in our heads after our honeymoon in France in October 2006 where we ate large amounts of cheese, much of it goat cheese, and realized that there was no local cheese production in our home province of Saskatchewan, Canada. It was a niche that we thought we could fill. We were still living in the city at the time so we started keeping an eye out for acreages or…Continue
I think we have it. We purchased several La Mancha does about 10 days ago and one of them has a lump between her hip and ribcage. I called the breeder up and he said yup, he just found a CL lump on one of the does he still has.
We're at a loss as to what to do. CL doesn't spread to humans through milk. We need the milk from all the does in order to run our pasteurizer.
After seeing the lump on the one doe I started checking out all our does very carefully and found a…Continue