Monday, May 5, 2008

We've gotten lots of questions about the goats, which I'll try and remember to answer now. They're going to live in a small barn that we're going to build in the next couple of days, with wooden sides, to block out the wind, rain, snow, etc. That way they will be protected, they'll be able to wander around the back yard, once we get it tuned up a bit, and we will be able to get to them easily to milk them. Justin is doing most of the milking, I need to learn how but I haven't yet. We're going to build a milking stand (stantion) so it will be easier to do, and will give us something to tie Gretta's back legs to while we milk so she can't tromp in the middle of the full milk bucket.....again. We get about 1 1/2 quarts of milk per milking, so we're getting a little over 3 quarts a day, or we will once we have 2 successful milkings in a day. We haven't drank any of the cold milk since we got her home, we sampled her milk before we bought her, but haven't had it at home yet. We'll keep looking around for a billy to breed them with, either to buy or rent as a stud service. The next names if the babies are girls will be Bree, Susan, Lynette, Edie.....and the boys would be Carlos, Mike, Carl, Orson, etc. depending on what genders we have. The boys we'll either sell as studs, or eat. We'll be buying alfalfa for them to eat now and through the winter. Hopefully we can find some good rates.

Today I ordered the stuff I need to make goat cheeses. You can make any kind of cheese you want out of the milk, so we're going to try that. I've always wanted to make cheese, so hopefully I'll like it as much as I think I will. We're also going to make lots of yogurt. Everyone talks about how good that is, so we'll do that too. Plus ice cream. We'll breed the goats this fall, and hopefully end up with 2-6 babies next spring. Gretta is the only one producing milk now, since Gabby is just a baby. I can't remember what the other questions were, so if I haven't answered, let me know! :) Love you all. Hope the video works. This is me and Justin moving them to the other pen closer to the house. Right as the video ends you can hear Justin asking me to come carry the baby, so I ran over and grabbed the baby and carried her.


Blake said...

Happy Birthday Sis.

When you get the package, some of it is also for mom, but I don't know if they will get tags on it or not. So, all of you enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Wow Alecia! You guys have your hands full with those guys. I can't wait to hear the rest of the updates. Although I'm a little concerned about you EATING the males!!!

Ben said...

Goats?? Now I've had my share of goat cheese, but the thought of milking one of those little eating machines - let alone eat one - has just never crossed my mind as something I would like to do.

That said, I propose naming one "Ben". It's a good name and I'm not above sharing it with something that can out eat me.