Selling, Weaning, Moving, and Milking

28 Jun

I started milking with Ava.  I wanted to ease into milking to get my hands back in shape.  I must say, they’ve done well.

Ava

That means I was ready to add more girls to be milked, and that means I had to start shuffling goats.  First, I let Margarita and Joy out with their kids.

Margarita

Instead of being on the front pasture and in the buck room, they got put back with the main herd.

Joy and Seven (Sidney behind them)

I only have the small buck room on the front pasture for shelter, and I had to put kids in there to keep them weaned.

Fannie, Freddie, Avril, Jester, Joker, and Six

I added both Astra and Cinnamon’s kids.  They joined Freddie and Fannie.

Six trying to figure out how to get back to her maa.

Antigone and Aphrodite are still there with their kids too, but they will get moved when I need the space.  I also need to make sure Kate and Edith will be able to keep up in the Back Forty.

Antigone with Kate and Edith (nursing)

Then I started milking Cinnamon and Astra.

Cinnamon

Astra

Before I could wean more kids, I had to sell Uno.  I need to put my little bucks up with Xerxes, and Uno is really big.  He was picking on Freddie for the few minutes he was with him.  Uno needs to find a forever farm.

Uno (with Xerxes in the background)

I also sold Marge.  She was not intended to be a keeper, and it’s the pandemic that delayed her being sold.  My nephew came and helped me tag and load them.

Uno and Marge ready to leave the farm

It was a rainy trip, but I managed to get them hauled to the sale barn Saturday morning.

Waiting to unload behind some sheep

With them gone, I can next add Zinnia and Cutie’s kids to the group that got weaned, and I can start milking both of them.

Cutie always has the most cud-stained mouth and beard.

That will be five girls.  I’m already getting five quarts per day with just the three girls.  It should probably double when I add those two.

2 1/2 quarts–the morning milking

That’s a lot of milk.

draining chevre

I’ve started making cheeses–first up is chevre.

7 Responses to “Selling, Weaning, Moving, and Milking”

  1. janicead June 28, 2020 at 4:57 pm #

    When did you learn how to make the different cheeses? Letting go of the kids probably becomes easier as it reduces the number for which you must care.

    • Teresa June 28, 2020 at 5:03 pm #

      I’ve been trying different types of cheeses for almost as long as I’ve had goats, about 15 years. That was one of the reasons I bought my original Saanen does.

  2. JeanneO June 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm #

    Which is your favorite of the cheeses you make?

    • Teresa June 28, 2020 at 7:42 pm #

      I’m not sure I can have just one favorite. I can’t hardly handle store-bought Mozzarella anymore; the Mozzarella sticks are the best; wild raspberry yogurt is my favorite yogurt; I just tried adding fruit to chevre for the first time to use as a topping (like cream cheese) on my bagels, and I use the plain chevre in lots of yummy dishes. I just love that my girls give me the milk to make all the different kinds of cheeses and stuff. Just plain goat milk on my cereal in the morning is awesome too.

  3. Eileen Wise June 29, 2020 at 7:33 am #

    Hello, the are all so cute. It is sad to see some leaving. You sound very busy, with the moving, milking and selling. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

  4. Dawn Meador June 29, 2020 at 1:28 pm #

    I raise meat goats and go through the same thing each year. Which ones to sell? Does it really ever get any easier?

    Do you share any of your recipes? I haven’t started with any cheese/yogurt etc.

    • Teresa June 29, 2020 at 3:35 pm #

      I have actually shared quite a few of my recipes on the blog. I also use a book called Goats Produce Too! by Mary Jane Toth. I order a lot of my supplies from New England Cheese Making Supply Company.

      So far, it hasn’t gotten easier deciding who to keep. Some are harder than others to part with, but, dang those sweet boys.

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