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Milking Stats For Dairy Goat Breeds

There are many factors in deciding on a dairy goat breed for your small farm or operation- size, temperament, life span etc. But perhaps the most important factor for a dairy goat owner is milk production, and not just volume, fat content and protein are equally as important especially for those looking to create gourmet cheeses or soaps. To help make this difficult decision just a little b

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Building pens

(Elisha working on the birthing pens) Hello everyone! My papa and brothers Elisha, Josiah, and Zeke all have been working on remodeling our barn. Elisha is in charge of making sure everything gets done right while my papa is at work. Elisha is the ranch foreman and I am the ranch manager. Elisha and I really enjoy working together and thinking of better ways to manage the ranch. Josiah takes Elisha's place of overseeing all the jobs when Elisha is gone working with papa on something else. The first thing the boys built this year were the birthing pens for the does. They made a special place above the birthing pens for all the alfalfa to be stored. They really did a awesome job! This is a picture of the boys hard work!

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15 Ways to Use Goat Milk

Spring often bring an excess of fresh eggs and lots of milk. Hens resume laying their daily eggs and the goats have their kids and produce milk in abundance. Sometimes I'm challenged to find ways to use it all and not let it go to waste. (Although homestead dogs don't ever think it's a waste when I give them milk and eggs!) If you're a "seasonal cook," then over the winter when eggs and milk are scarce you probably don't make cheese or angel food cakes from scratch, recipes that require a lot of milk and eggs. But during the spring and summer when there are plenty of both milk and eggs, we can splash out on some luxury dishes. Here are a few dishes to make when there are plenty of eggs, and some ways to preserve eggs when you have a surplus. Now let's talk about goat milk. Of course you can use cow milk in these same ways, if you have a dairy cow instead of goats. Grocery store milk works too! Although I probably wouldn't buy milk to feed to my dogs. (And yes, I know, store-bought milk is cow's milk. No one milks a grocery store to get grocery store milk!) How much milk does a dairy goat produce? A dairy goat can produce up to a gallon of milk or more per day, depending on her breed, how long ago she kidded, and whether you've weaned her kids or you're milking once a day. Multiply that by the number of goats you're milking and you can see why spring can be a bit overwhelming for a goat keeper. If you have an abundance of milk, here are a few ways to use it. 15 Ways to Use Goat Milk 1. The obvious way to use goat milk is, of course, to drink it fresh. For the best-tasting milk, be careful what your does eat, keep the milk super-clean right from the udder, and chill it very quickly. We always drink the freshest milk, fresh out of the goat that morning. Are you wondering how goat milk tastes? You can find out in this post. 2. Stir goat milk into your coffee. 3. Use goat milk to make fruit smoothies. 4. Make yogurt, using a half gallon or a gallon of goat milk at a time. 5. Make some kefir using goat milk. 6. Cook with goat milk. Mashed potatoes, baked goods, light and fluffy pancakes, and macaroni and cheese are some of our family's favorite dishes that use milk. 7. Make farmers cheese. This simple cheese is perfect for beginners. Mixed with herbs, it makes a tasty dip for crackers, chips or vegetables. 8. Make mozzarella cheese. It's a little trickier, but it's also fun! 9. Make ricotta cheese. Ricotta is traditionally made from the whey that is a byproduct of cheesemaking, but you'll have a greater yield if you use whole milk instead of whey. It's possible (and frugal) to make a batch of farmers cheese and then use the leftover whey to make ricotta. Doing so makes me feel like a super-hero! 10. Make fudge. 11. Make cajeta (caramel sauce). You might have heard of dulce de leche, which is caramel sauce made from cow milk. Cajeta is the same caramel sauce made with goat milk. 12. Make butter. Goat milk butter is white, by the way. Since goat milk is naturally homogenized, the cream doesn’t easily separate from the milk, so this can be a tedious task without a cream separator, but it is possible. Making butter isn’t my favorite way to use goat milk, but perhaps it will be yours. 13. Make ice cream - again, the cream doesn’t separate easily. Instead, you can make ice milk or use a combination of goat milk and cream from the grocery store. We've made vanilla, strawberry, peanut butter, peach, and even peppermint chocolate chip flavored ice cream and ice milk. To make ice milk, just follow a from-scratch recipe that uses milk rather than cream. To make ice cream, use a combination of goat milk and purchased cream. 14. Give goat milk to your dogs, pigs and chickens. Our dogs love goat milk; I give them some every day during milking season. In years when we raised pigs for the freezer, goat milk was a part of their daily rations. 15. Make some wonderfully luxurious goat milk soap and shampoo bars. In order to keep the milk sugar from burning in the soap making process, I use frozen milk when I make soap. So even if I'm not ready to make soap today, I freeze the milk to use in soap making later. What is your favorite way to use goat milk? You'll find all of my goat keeping posts here, from milking to goat health and more. For more self-sufficient posts like this, subscribe to my weekly-ish newsletter The Acorn, and join me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. I'd love to see you there! You might also enjoy: How Does Goat Milk Taste? Why You Should Have Goats on Your Homestead 6 Must-Have Items to Milk a Goat The images below are affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. This post has been shared at some of my favorite blog hops. ~~~~~ My mission is to inspire and encourage you to live a simple, joyful life, no matter your circumstances or where you live. Join me here: Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Subscribe

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23 Inspiring Goat Sheds & Shelters That Will Fit Your Homestead

From raising goats, I know how to keep them happy. It starts by giving them a perfect shelter and we have suggestions for inspiring goat sheds just for you.

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Goat Hoof Care: How to Trim Hooves Correctly

Learn how to properly trim goat hooves and avoid problems like hoof rot and foot scald.

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How to Care for Goats in Winter- What You NEED to Know!

Caring for goats in winter takes extra work and effort on your part. Learn what you need to know about raising goats in snow and cold temperatures...

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How to Build a Goat House: Supplies & Framing

Learn how to build a simple goat house that won't cost a fortune. This detailed photo and video tutorial will walk you through the steps to a cozy shelter!

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