The Herd

Our goats are a mixed bag of nuts – some Nubians, some LaManchas, some French Alpines, some Saanens. Each breed brings its own special qualities, like adaptability, prolific milk production or high butterfat content, making our nearly 40 does a diverse and dependable herd. Our operation is seasonal, and pasture-based.  

 

Early March is a particularly fun time on the farm. That’s when does, with names like Black Raptor, Marshmallow, Butterscotch and Batgirl, start giving birth to adorable kids who end up being called Princess Violet, Bunny, Cream Puff and Little Nut. (Thanks to our human kids for all these clever names.)

After a few weeks of nursing the kids, it’s time for the ‘big moms’ to rendezvous at the milking parlor. The does are milked twice a day during milking season, which runs from March through mid-November. By early summer, we are often making cheese everyday, thanks to these gals’ great output.
 

We believe good cheese starts as clean, fresh milk from healthy goats grazing on sweet grasses and browsing wild blackberry bushes. So that’s why our goats spend their days roaming the gentle slopes of pastureland, underneath the shining sun and breathing in fresh air. We feed them a multi-grain mix twice a day during milking season, and the ladies rest up during the winter months as they prepare for giving birth. But even in the off-season our goats are out all day, supplementing hay and grain with whatever grasses and brush can be foraged.

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