Thursday, April 21, 2011

we got milk! we got a milker!

Mike is so proud of his GingerBreadGirl, she is producing well over a quart a day. The measuring cup that he is holding is a 4-cup and that's what we got last night, and we're milking her twice a day. Now, the standard-sized goat folks would laugh at us, but for our Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats, it's very good.

Mike said that I failed to tell y'all that GingerBreadGirl WON her 4yr-old Senior-Doe class last Saturday. GBG is his baby.

From each milking session, the Great Pyrenees pups get some goats milk, and the chickens just wait from the 'em to raise their heads from the buckets so they can get some too.

The other goats discovered that Ginger was getting some sweet feed
- Katie bar the door!

We "may" be adding this sweet, red surprise to our herd.
We "may" be driving to Sanford, NC on Saturday to pick her up.


Nancy said...

HI Joanna, Congrats to Mike and GBG on their win! Also, that's awesome you're getting so much fresh goats milk. Any plans to make cheese? Nancy from Northern California


We haven't bred our Nigerian Dwarf goat yet, even though I got the supplies and straws to do AI on her...I've been waiting for calves before I dove in to kids. :) Did you get more than one kid from your goat?

It was interesting to hear how much milk you are getting from your Nigerian. I'd be interested to hear about if you plan to make cheese, too.

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Yes, I've made the soft-"farmhouse" goat cheese, just add whatever herbs and seasonings that you like to it.

Read the book - Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese

The does have anywhere from 1 kid to 5 kids, twins and triplets are quite common.

C and C Antiques and Animals - What a Life! said...

Congrats on your win! I love goat's milk. My friend Sharon's nubians are bred and should kid soon. Can't wait because she always shares her milk. Yummm

Mary Ann said...

Congratulations on the win and the milk! The new addition is a doll, too!

Carla said...

I don't know what is more exciting! The win or the milk!!!

Mom L said...

Congratulations to Mike and GBG!! And that milk looks sooo good. I didn't know chickens liked milk! I'll be anxious to hear about your weekend trip.

Nancy in Iowa