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And the Four Country Gals thought things would slow down after the market season…


We’ve been busier than bees foraging for pollen.

After the Farmer’s Market season, we moved into the next phase with our udderly incredibly addictive Cajeta. We have now received our official “Process Authority” letter. That means as long as we follow our formula precisely, including the process we use, we may, in fact use the traditional raw goat’s milk.

Getting that approval saves us thousands of dollars, and a lot of labor. That means the prices for our Cajeta will remain in the ballpark of our projections. It also means we can move forward with building our facility, and awaiting kidding season. We now have 7 girls who we believe are pregnant.

We lost our prized matriarch,  Posey, and that will be another blog post later.

100_7793Just this morning we were looking at the remaining kids and will probably send two more of them to the buck this winter.

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Farm update… what’s getting planted, what’s growing

Mid-April, and beautiful weather makes it real tempting to plant faster than planned.  After all, the sooner we get things planted, the sooner they can grow, and the  faster we can have  a greater assortment of veggies for Farmers’ Market, right?

Not so fast, rookie.

It might be 80 degrees in the afternoon, but with blue skies, not a cloud in sigh… the temperature can easily drop below freezing by dawn of the next morning. All it takes is a storm moving east hundreds of miles away and let it’s little cold tail swing through the atmosphere… and boom, we’re below freezing.

At over 5000 feet elevation, the surface cools much faster. Add to the fact there is next to no concrete or blacktop, no large trees, or massive shrubs, and the air simply goes up, up, and up. The faster it leaves, the colder it gets.

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Milking a goat – lots to learn

Now we’re milking the one goat who was clueless. Our multicolored goat (Annie), is now nursing all four babies, as the black one (Posey), remained totally uninterested in her babies.

Let me tell you the tale of our first milking…

We gals don’t have a ton of experience. Yes, our mentor has taught how to milk, and we’ve taken care of a couple of her goats a few times over the past four years. We also are getting adept at stripping ewe (sheep) teats for new lambs.

None of that set us up for the first milking adventure.

Here are the players. The goat… Posey, who is totally clueless, a screwball, and the daughter of a ding-a-ling, who turned out to be one of our mentor’s best milk goats.

Bev, who prefers working in the garden and taking care of our administrative needs.

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Got goats? Got kids!

We’ve entered into a brave new world…  the world of goats with kids.

Annie and PoseyLast year, we were given a couple of Nubian bottle baby kids in exchange for helping Jill at Cricket Song Farm with chores. One’s mother died shortly after birth, and the other one, an orphan  herself, was a real ding-a-ling.

In late May, an we got a call from one of our customers, who had located a pair of Pygmy goats. Would we take them and feed them until the youngest one got a little bigger? Oh and by the way, the other is a “nanny”.  If you’ll breed her, then we can split the offspring. Deal!

Then the price of hay went sky high. We knew a neighbor who had a young French Alpine doe and a young Nubian/Boer buck. We made a deal with her.

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OMG! Kid goats are just too cute!

Hours old, four kidsI was sound asleep when sometime around O’dark thirty, Cindy got me up. This isn’t my idea of a good time… but you shoulda’ seen what we saw. Four precious little kids born to Suzy. She was bred to Apollo, our Nubian/Boer buck.

So we go traipsing out to Suzy’s pen (actually the pig pen… but not yet used). Cindy goes up and over the pallets in her Dr. Denton’s (no boots this time), and crawls into the little shed. We’re snapping pictures like crazy.

I took a minute to check the sheep, and  lo and behold, we have a new set of twins. It’s rare for our ewes to have their babies at night. Thankfully these little tikes are in good shape.  We’ll wait until daylight to determine the sexes.

Everyone else is calm, cool and collected… well, quite sleepy too,

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  • Goats helping photographer
    Hey, we'd love to help you take your pictures.
  • Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014
    Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014.
  • Cindy feeding Chaffhaye
  • working in the kitchen
    Bev recording milk weights, Shari stirring the Cajeta
  • The first two little doelings.
    The first two little doelings.
  • Mom with Thor
    Mom is cuddling our new buckling, Thor.
  • cargo trailer
    Our Farmer's Market cargo trailer.
  • Hand digging trench
    Shari pitches in and digs up broken water line.


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