The first summer I had my goats and my refrigerator began to fill with goat milk, I decided to make goat milk ice cream with only goat milk (no cow cream). This turned out to be very difficult. Milk ice cream, even when you use egg yolks, just isn’t that good. I ended up getting access to a cream separator and after hours of work, got one cup of delicious … Continue reading
I just got back from a vacation in British Columbia and while birthday shopping for Spencer at Value Village, I came across a portable ultrasound machine for just $35. It has Chinese writing on the keyboard, but English on the screen. I’m hoping to be able to use it to see how many kids my Eloise is carrying. This way, if I know there are three but only two come … Continue reading
Detroit officials recently booted 18 young goats who were working on urban renewal. Billionaire Mark Spitznagel was paying unemployed residents to serve as goat herds with the plan being to fatten up the unemployed neutered-sons of dairy goats, butcher them, sell the meat, and then give the proceeds to good causes. Sadly, like most cities, Detroit has some ancient rules on its books prohibiting farm animals such as goats. City … Continue reading
I went to a very interesting talk on internal parasites in goats on Tuesday evening at the Seattle Farm Coop. It was given by Susan Kerr, DVM, Ph.D., and NW Regional Livestock and Dairy Extension Specialist. Internal parasites give me the heeby jeebies. I am going to spare you some of the electron microscope close ups of these nasty blood suckers. The main takeaway from this lecture for me was … Continue reading
This happy couple is expecting kids. Ta da. On a not so happy note, Miss Snowflake is not expecting. I think she must be sterile. She is 7 years, 7 months. The vet thought she could possibly have gone through goatapause. He said it can happen. I’d not heard of this before and know lots of goats who have kidded at the ripe old age of 10. But, perhaps the … Continue reading
Today Charmaine Slaven stopped by to take blood samples from both goats to send to biopryn for a pregnancy test. I have my doubts about Miss Snowflake being with kid, but, “hope is a thing with feathers, that perches on the soul…” My fingers are crossed. If she is pregnant, I will dance a jig.
Mating season for goats is so frustrating when you don’t own a stud buck. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if your goat is in heat and inevitably, you have to drive at least 1.5 hours on a dark and rainy night. So, I have a new plan. It may be really stupid, but if it goes south, I have a back up plan. Just so happens I found a fabulous … Continue reading