Goat in a Storm!
Bontia will be having kids (or a kid, who knows!) in a few weeks. She is due anytime from late February through March and I am looking forward to both goat kids in the house again and the flow of wonderful milk from that beautiful goat! I'll never forget how nervouse I was that first sip of goats milk a few springs ago. I was convined it would taste weird, as all the milk I had tried before was, well, "goaty". But fresh milk right from the goat, strained and chilled right after milking is amazing. It has the flavor and taste of whole cows' milk but less thickness, most the consistency of 2%. I was thrilled and relieved and from there came milkshakes, coffee creamer, chocolate milk, cheeses, and soaps. When Bonita is in her peak milking (about 2 weeks after kidding) she delivers a gallon and a half a day! I am one woman! That is a A LOT of milk! Even when I am bottle feeding a pair of twins she is producing enough for a small goat army. I'm glad Ida isn't bred, as double the milking and double the kids proved a bit much last year, but I am happy to have a little doeling born on this farm lined up for when Bonita is retired from the Dairy/mama life. She has some seriously good genes, and I am both blessed and thrilled to keep a Bonita Line going on this little homestead.
How about you guys? Do you have goats or wish for some at your farms? Any hesitations or questions I can help with? Think goats milk is gross or the best thing since sliced bread? Share your goat stories!
P.S. Goats and Soap Workshop at this farm in June! learn about backyard goats, soapmaking, visist a larger goat dairy and see CAF! Only 3 spots left!