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Post by OldGrouch on Fri May 18, 2012 6:14 am

MissKitty and I are getting two Registered Nubian does in a couple days. A Fellowship family was selling them and made us a "can't refuse" offer. One 2 year old with 8 week twin doelings and the other a 16 month old thats never been bred. Gonna get them when they pull the doelings. So another new chapter is starting for this old man...

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Post by Rohn on Fri May 18, 2012 6:16 am

Congratulations! That sounds like a lot of fun and adventure. I'm sure you will love and enjoy them.
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Post by Sonshine on Fri May 18, 2012 9:07 am

Dwight, congratulations on your new adventure. Sounds like you'll be getting fresh goats milk soon. Smile There's nothing better.

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Post by OldGrouch on Fri May 18, 2012 9:25 am

Sonshine wrote:........Sounds like you'll be getting fresh goats milk soon.........

Don't usually drink milk, yogurt is easier on my system. MissKitty makes great homemade yogurt and we are reading about making goat milk yogurt.... perhaps I'll finally try my hand at cheese making....

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Post by mountainmama on Fri May 18, 2012 9:30 pm

Congrats! I'm sure you'll give the goats a good home.

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Post by Sonshine on Fri May 18, 2012 9:47 pm

We made cheese for Christmas gifts last year. It was ok for my first time, but was a bit on the dry side, so I'll be experimenting some trying to find a recipe that I like. Although our 30 minute mozzerrela was delicious. You may find that goat milk is easier on your system than cow's milk. I am lactose intolerant but can handle goat milk.

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Post by OldGrouch on Sat May 19, 2012 12:40 am

Reread my original post in the thread.... thought something looked odd but took a sec before it sunk in that a goodly amount was missing from what I thought I had posted. So... I'll add it here: After selling our hair sheep because I "fell out" in the pasture while trying to separate a new mom and lamb from the rest of the small flock, (Droopy our ram was keeping between the mama and me being protective, actually sort of heart warming and frustrating at the same time), we had decided our time with livestock larger than chickens was over. This just started with a phone call. Both excited and wondering if I've lost what mind I had left, LOL!

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Post by OldGrouch on Sat May 19, 2012 12:42 am

Sonshine wrote:.......30 minute mozzerrela.........

I would really like to hear more!!!!!!!!

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Post by Rohn on Sat May 19, 2012 3:29 am

OldGrouch wrote:MissKitty and I are getting two Registered Nubian does in a couple days. A Fellowship family was selling them and made us a "can't refuse" offer. One 2 year old with 8 week twin doelings and the other a 16 month old thats never been bred. Gonna get them when they pull the doelings. So another new chapter is starting for this old man...

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Post by Sonshine on Sun May 20, 2012 10:10 am

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Sonshine wrote:.......30 minute mozzerrela.........

I would really like to hear more!!!!!!!!

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The lady we bought our goats from told us about it. Here's a link on how to make it:

http://www.cheesemaking.com/howtomakemozzarellacheese.html

We ended up buying Ricky's cheese making book, has some great recipes in it. When you try it, let me know how it worked for you. Our turned out great. I ended up making a homemade pizza with it and made some sourdough pizza crust and used our own tomatoes, basil ect to make the sauce. We did buy some Italian sausage to go on it, but next time we'll probably make a cheese pizza only using things we raised ourselves.

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Post by Rohn on Sun May 20, 2012 10:13 am

Sounds yummy Sonshine.
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Post by OldGrouch on Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:25 pm

Got our does Wed afternoon. A friend came over Thursday morning to watch / advise as we (does and grouchy old man) learn the new morning routine. The nanny doe had what felt like a hard spot and milk looked like a very slight possibility of mastitis so didn't save the milk yesterday or today. Milk looked ok today so tomorrow I should be able to save it.

To establish routine and such I'm putting both the does on the milk stand and brushing down, washing utter, just getting them used to being handled. Need to introduce the maiden doe to Bubba, neighbors registered buck, soon.

Had managed to convert the old chicken house into a two stall goat barn before getting them but have several other projects yet to do: The milk stand was built for slightly smaller goats so need to modify the head gate slightly and want to make it about 6 inches taller, might be easier on my back. Thinking about building a 4 x 8 lean-to shelter, sort of like a wheel-barrow, to provide a easy to move shelter out in the pastures.

No photos yet.

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Post by Sonshine on Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:20 pm

Sounds like things are going good. I'd keep an eye on her udder though if she had some mastitis. I have never had a goat with one, so not really sure of the protocal. I know Fias Farms has a lot of great info on goat care. http://fiascofarm.com/

The also have info on making products with goat milk. We give our girls beet pulp pellets on the milking stand. They seem to enjoy it and they produce richer milk.

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Post by MissKitty on Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:35 pm

Good morning all!
The goats milk tastes great...smooth and creamy...Got our first batch of homemade yogurt using goats milk a brewing..
I wrote a much longer letter but hit the wrong button and it vanished...figured it might be a sign that I was getting to long winded..lol...
We will let you know how the yogurt turns out and get some pictures and Drucila and Destine...Drucy and Dusty for short...Have a great day and God bless!
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Post by Sonshine on Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:07 pm

That's great. I'm not a yogurt eater myself, but I'm glad you're enjoying your goat milk. There's a lot you can do with it. How's the udder doing? Is the hard spot gone?

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Post by OldGrouch on Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:35 am

Sonshine wrote:..... How's the udder doing? Is the hard spot gone? .....

It softened up, just hand massaged it. Didn't keep the milk for several days.

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Post by Sonshine on Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:41 am

Glad it all worked out for you guys. Smile

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Post by OldGrouch on Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:19 am

No photos yet. Morning milking is going good, both goat and grouchy old man are getting into the routine! Tuesday last we finally had accumulated all the things needed to try our hand at making cheese. Made the 30 min mozzarella and Ricotta and..... uber pleased with the results. A friend from our meetin' fellowship took the remaining whey and mixed up Lemonade and Tea energy drinks with it so nothing was tossed away.

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Post by Sonshine on Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:26 am

I love the 30 min mozzarella. It's so easy to make and soooo good! We're going to start milking again this week-end. I can't wait to make more cheese!

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Post by amybyrd21 on Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:36 am

it is easy to make soft goat cheese. we did it with heat and vinegar. My 7 year old loves it spread on crackers with herbs added.

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