We have a lovely herd of goats here and we are happy for their milk to be used by the Community Smallholding.
As they have many acres to graze on the Heritage side of the smallholding most of them would be much happier staying wandering the land and woodland. But, as many people love goats it may be possible for some of the goats to actually live on the Smallholding, particularly in the Children's area.
We have some boys who could be kept as pets by children (Athos, Porthos and Aramis). These would make great harness goats and we have a dog cart which can be used so that they can help to move things about.
If Members want goat milk then the goats will be available for milking and a rota can be drawn up for anyone who would like to be involved. The milk can be used to make cheese, soap, beauty products, ice cream and anything else that the Members want to make.
In John Seymour's book there are plans for a dairy parlour.
There are strict rules for the processing of milk into products for human and animal consumption so we would have to adhere to this. We would have to get a license and we will only get this if we comply in every way with all of the requirements.
We have enough goats and we would be interested in this project. There is a lot of information about what is needed. We have some of this. I was very honoured to meet Anne May who was one of the pioneers of cheesemaking from goats' milk and she very kindly gave me a copy of her notes. I was also able to buy some equipment from her so we do have some equipment already.
It is also possible to make butter although butter from goats' milk is hard work! I have a butter churn if anyone is interested.
As well as a dairy, a good milking parlour is needed as well as somewhere for the cheese to prove. All these buildings would need to be constructed. We have the living areas for the goats, not the commercial side of it.
It may be possible to build these structures in the yard here once one of the caravans has gone to the smallholding. There is a long yard which is walled but I would not vouch for the strength of the wall. It may need to be rebuilt if it is going to become part of the dairy buildings.
We are planning to increase the herd with a selection of Angora Goats. Their fleeces will be available for booking and information about Angora Goats can be found in Home Farmer Issue 112, July 2017 page 30.
Serenity Stormcrow (Orpheus x Holdbrook Pfriend)
Serenity Mythrandir (Serenity Stormcrow x Pixie)
Serenity Jareth (Orpheus x Holdbrook Pfriend)
Serenity MarcoPW (Serenity Symbelmyne x Orpheus)
Serenity Riversong (Amy Pond's daugther)
Serenity Gizmo (Ash's Daughter)
Serenity Gracie (Aspen's Daughter)
Serenity Holly (Arapawa)
Blackstar (Joy's Buck Kid) - Half Arapawa
Athos (Symbelmyne's Wether kid)
Porthos (Symbelmyne's Wether Kid)
Aramis (Amy Pond's Wether kid)
Storm (Half Arapawa)
Farmers Guardian 21 April 2017 Page 4
Osteoporosis Warning for those ditching dairy
Kid Vaccination with Lambivac depends if their dams are vaccinated. If they are mums pass on antibodies to the kids that protect them for the first two weeks. Kids then have their first jab (2mls) at 2-3 Months old. Their second jab (2mls) 4-6 weeks later. Then 2mls in Spring (3 2ks before kidding) and autumn (before mating ideally).
Kids from non vaccinated dams should have their first jab one week old and second jab 4-6 weeks later, both 2mls. Then 2mls twice a year as above.
The easiest place is behind the elbow or on the neck. Use a short sterile needle (1/2" is ideal). Pull the skin up with thumb and first finger into a little tent. Put the needle gently into the tent of skin and the kid won't feel it. (Information kindly given to me when I first started keeping goats by Christine Ball).