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How to Make Butter

Delicious fresh butter from cow or goat cream.
Friday, June 28, 2013, 10:43 PM

There is nothing like a piece of fresh-baked bread and some homemade butter: smooth, creamy and so very tasty.  We have several milking goats on our homestead, and we use our daily supply to make a variety of dairy products.  Cheese, yogurt, and butter are just a few of the ways we use our goat milk to supply us with nourishing and delicious food. 

Today it is time to make butter. We tend to buy very little butter real butter, that is but try to keep a pound or two on hand in case we run out.  Butter is a product that stores in the freezer really well. » Read more

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Hand Milking

Milking a Goat by Hand

The daily steps to milking a goat
Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 5:36 PM

When a person or family starts down the path of building resiliency into their lives, many projects and tasks get added to an ever-growing list of things to do.  Store water, put away some extra food, evaluate your energy use, and consider the various scenarios where your preparations and skills might be tested. For many people, putting in a garden is a big step toward resiliency building.  There is a lot to learn.  But once that garden is in place and you get that great tasting produce in your belly, you start to think about expanding operations.  What about chickens?  Fresh milk would be really great!  It can be a slippery slope towards complete self-sufficiency.  If you have the space and an adventurous nature, you might consider getting a few dairy goats to provide incredible milk (which can, of course, also be used for making cheese and yogurt) and to be used for weed and brush control.

Dairy goats can be an easy-to-manage and enjoyable way to provide fresh milk on a daily basis, but having some background information about what it will take to get that milk is important.  The intent of this article is to give you a working understanding of the milking process as one of the components to make raising and working with dairy goats enjoyable and rewarding. » Read more

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5 Uses for Livestock Panels

More than just fencing, a flexible building material.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 7:13 PM

Livestock panels are a heavy gauge galvanized welded wire fencing material.  They are also commonly called "cattle","hog", or “sheep” panels.  They are almost a must have on any new farm or homestead.  They make the acquisition of livestock a much easier process and are an affordable option for smaller spaces. 

Their rigidness and ability to take abuse makes them idea for goats, pigs and other animals that have a tendency to stand on or lean against your fencing.   » Read more

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Chèvre Cheese Samples

Making Chèvre (Goat Cheese)

A simple cheese to make at home
Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 10:12 AM

Goats were one of the very first domesticated animals. They have been used for milk, meat, leather, fiber, manure, and for pack animals. Goat milk is easy to digest, and is often consumed by those that cannot tolerate cow milk. In much of the world, it is goat milk and cheese that is preferred over cow milk products. 

In this article we will go through the simple process of making Chèvre. Chèvre is simply the French word for goat. It is a fresh, soft goat cheese, with the consistency of cream cheese. It is  extremely easy to make, and a great beginners cheese. » Read more