Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Milk Pail Diaries:
Meet Miss Bonita

26 Comments:

Blogger Amy said...

She seems quite content, if not curious, which I think is a good sign! What better way for a quick mid-morning break than to see a video of Gibson & Miss Bonita. I love goat/sheep eyes...so googly lol Looking forward to hearing about your first "at-home" milking adventure!

Thumbs up on the happy blog too :)

April 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger PattyW said...

How sweet! More adventures- love it!

April 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Sue Steeves said...

What a sweet face!!!!! You have some good looking animals girl :)

April 10, 2012 at 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Autumn said...

;u; Bonita is gorgeous!

Have you heard of the Fias Co Farm website? I poke around there every once in a while, and I *think* they have milk stand plans.

April 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Pit Stop Farm said...

Awesome!

April 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger The Village Queen said...

Oh shes pretty, good luck with the milk stand building. I wonder how she will take to being herded. Can she and the sheep share space? Seems there will be some great new cooking with goat milk in your future!

April 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

what a beautiful chamoisee color!! :) And yes, having a stanchion is going to help you immensely. You'll be a dairymaid yet... ;) LOL.

April 10, 2012 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

What a lovely girl! And yes, a stanchion helps a lot, especially if that's what they're used to. Did they also set you up with some loaner milking equipment - milk pail, strainer, filters & the like?

April 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

I was also curious why you don't want to put her in with the sheep? Seems she'd be safer in there.

April 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

good question katie girl:

I have a poor fence for goats in my sheep field. It is loose woven wire field fencing held up with t-posts. Sheep won't touch it but a goat would have it down and be in the road in about 13 minutes. Plus, the sheep have each other, Jasper is all alone. I want him to have a companion animal if he and her get alone. If they don't, and I decide to keep bonita she'll either move in with the sheep or a new goat area will be built and she'll get a friend.

April 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

good question katie girl:

I have a poor fence for goats in my sheep field. It is loose woven wire field fencing held up with t-posts. Sheep won't touch it but a goat would have it down and be in the road in about 13 minutes. Plus, the sheep have each other, Jasper is all alone. I want him to have a companion animal if he and her get alone. If they don't, and I decide to keep bonita she'll either move in with the sheep or a new goat area will be built and she'll get a friend.

April 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Back Achres said...

So happy to hear that you are using the Homemade Farm Contrivances book!!!

April 10, 2012 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Back Achres said...

Will love to see what you come up with.

April 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Back Achres said...

So happy to hear that you are using the Homemade Farm Contrivances book!!!

April 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Tora Consolo said...

I am so jealous!!!! I adore goat cheese and want so badly to get in on a "goar share". I had joined a little co-op the afforded me a gallon a week but for some reason the farmer's attorney said her contracts weren't up to snuff and she had to sell back shares. So, I'm without my supplier! Woe is me but lucky are you!

April 10, 2012 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Tora Consolo said...

I am so jealous!!!! I adore goat cheese and want so badly to get in on a "goar share". I had joined a little co-op the afforded me a gallon a week but for some reason the farmer's attorney said her contracts weren't up to snuff and she had to sell back shares. So, I'm without my supplier! Woe is me but lucky are you!

April 10, 2012 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Jimmie said...

Milk Pail Diaries - love the title and love Miss Bonita. Hearing your talk of the stanchion reminds me of Tasha Tudor who adored goats and milked them using a stanchion. Can't wait to see more entries in the dairy...oops, I mean diary. Okay, so the dairy reports go into the diary. Right?

Diane in North Carolina

April 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Megan, Rudy's mom said...

I love the new diaries! She's so pretty!

April 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

Tora, have you seen the website, "realmilk.com"? You could probably find a new supplier through there. :)

April 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Marci said...

There are some easy stanchions that just fold down from the wall. They are really easy to make.

The way she puts her ears down when she looks at Gibson reminds me of our Star with our Alpine dairy goat, Minx. She did not like Star and never did. If Star walked by her, she would try and bite fur on Star's back. :) Star never paid her any mind. Goats have such great personalities. They are a lot of fun!!!

April 10, 2012 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Bonita : Spanish for Pretty, which she so certainly is,

April 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Bonita : Spanish for Pretty, which she so certainly is,

April 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Marcie said...

We had goats growing up - they are ingenious escape artists and may not take kindly to being herded (sorry Gibson!). But they are smart and have awesome personalities. good luck to both of you!

April 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Wow, she is a big goat. My Lamancha doe Abby is really big and she hates my dog Bubba. He has been in the goat area one time too many and Abby head butted him down to the ground. Poor dog. She put a bruisin' on him for sure. He will not go out there anymore. Those goats have some really hard heads.

She is really pretty. I hope you get a stanchion built. It sure makes things easier. We found some good plans from Mother Earth magazine. Real easy to build and we had lumber and flooring here already. Good luck!

April 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Oh, Jenna, she is beautiful! Hope she and Jasper get along. Miss Bonita would be a great friend for him. I continue to be so envious of your farm(maybe not the early hours, tho). My grown daughters(one of whom has chickens) constantly hear updates about "my girl"(that's what I call you). They were all here for Easter week so now I'm playing catch up on your postings.

April 10, 2012 at 11:58 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Her name certainly fits her...she is beautiful!

April 11, 2012 at 2:21 PM  

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