The Vacay is Over

Okay, so I didn’t REALLY take a vacation. But it sounds better than saying that most days, I just forgot we had a blog. Oops.
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Preparing for Goat Babies

Since I am now 99.999999999% sure that Jeepers IS pregnant, I have to get her trained to the milk stand. After paying $100 for her, I absolutely refuse to let her eat my grass and not give me her milk. With babies in the sometime-this-month near future (we’re estimating, since she’s now noticeably preggers), I moved my goats all around this morning. Hattie and Jeepers are now in pasture #1; they were in #2. Bonney is back from #1 into pasture #3 with Curly Bill. The still-yet-to-be-named buck went from pasture #1 to #2. It was quite the experience, this moving of the half-wild goats.

With Jeepers and Hattie secured in the pen where the milk house is, I set to work training her. This afternoon, I armed myself with my yellow “milking bucket” and went for a visit. Continue reading Preparing for Goat Babies

Cloth Baby Wipes/ Antibacterial Wipes Formula

My cloth baby wipes (and the wipes I use to wash Bonney’s udder, too!) are both soaked in the same water mixture. I did a lot of research into what I should wet my baby wipes with. For a long time, I used a water/lotion/soap combination. It worked well and smelled good, but still wasn’t quite what I wanted. I wanted more of an antibacterial wipe for when we were out and about; something I could clean a high chair in a restaurant, a dropped toy, or dirty hands with.

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The Raw Milk Controversy

My family drinks raw milk. We have a family goat, Bonney, who gives us a daily supply of fresh, sweet, healthy milk. I firmly believe raw milk is the best milk. But according to the FDA, “Milk and milk products provide a wealth of nutrition benefits. But raw milk can harbor dangerous microorganisms that can pose serious health risks to you and your family.”

This week, the Weston A. Price Foundation posted a new Press Release concerning raw milk on their website.  I have emphasized a few of the facts in the following article rather than writing too much about it.

Bonney's raw milk with cream at the top: HEALTHIER than pasteurized milk.

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That Sweet, Sweet Grain

My newest dairy goats, Hattie and Jeepers, need a little incentive to come to me. The solution is sweet grain: a delicious combination of corn, oats, barley, and alfalfa pellets lightly tossed with molasses. It’s made just for my goats by the chefs who are employed by Southern States.  The critics give it rave reviews.

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