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As our business has continued to grow and so has our need for goat milk. Our animal's health and happiness are of the utmost importance to us. We’ve expanded our herd to an ever-adjusting number of goats. In an attempt to use as many local ingredients as possible and support our community, we will be obtaining additional fresh goat milk from select goat milk dairies around Northeast Oklahoma to add to our herd's milk and the quality dehydrated milk from a reputable hormone free source out of Virgina. Read on to learn the ins and outs of managing our herd of goats.
We started all of this in 2014 when Bart bought me 6 dairy goats and I was hooked. Since then, our herd has grown and fluctuated. Our herd is made up of Nubian, LaMancha, and Toggenburg goats.
Our herd consists of our sweet girls called does and our handsome buck/billy named Goose.
Caring For Our Goats
There are several steps involved in milking our goats. First, grain is set out on the stanchion. Then the goats are prepped. We still milk our girls by hand. Next, we take each doe in order the to make sure each one is milked. One by one, they’re loaded up to the milking station, milked (while getting their fair share of grain), and then let back out into the big pen.
In the winter when the does are being bred, we slow down our milking routine to just once a day. Goats don’t have to be pregnant to produce milk. When they are pregnant, we stop milking the goats at least two months leading up to their due dates so that they can rest and have plenty of milk for their little ones. We prefer for our does to only kid once a year.
Our goats enjoy a mix of prairie hay and alfalfa that we source from local farms. We also give each milking doe a ration of grain whenever they’re milked. This grain helps with their milk production and hormone levels and is a special treat they look forward to with each milking. They also have access to minerals, aka goat vitamins.
Many dairy goats are disbudded (have their horns removed at a very young age). We choose not to do this as their horns actually help with the regulation of their body heat.
Our goats get their hooves trimmed every 2-3 months for optimal health and comfort. This is a process we do ourselves.
Our goats also get farm visits from our vet as needed. They love this as it means more people to pet them.
Kidding season (when the baby goats are born) is in the spring, typically between February and June. Our favorite time of the year! Sometimes the first year does need a bit of extra help having the kids latch on, which we find to be a fun chance to be with the new kids. Our kids are dam/momma raised. We only milk after our kids are 1 month old and then only once a day until they are weaned at 3 months old (the mommas take care of this process). At the point of weaning, we milk two times a day. It’s very common for goats to deliver twins — more common than a single kid or even triplets — and we’ve had our fair share of all three.
Our motto : Happy Goats Produce Amazing Milk!
It’s been quite a journey since adopting our first milk goats back in 2014, and our little herd of goats has certainly grown over time. We’re big believers in the idea that happy, healthy goats produce great milk, so going the extra mile to care for our goats is something that comes second nature to us. The top notch care we deliver to our goats shines through in the quality of the goat milk products we craft. Whether that milk comes from our little farm, the local farms we choose to support, or even where our dehydrated milk comes from.. we feel the quality shines through in all we make.