Gearing up for Spring

  • Posted on: 18 February 2016
  • By: admin

Well, I know that I am not the best for posting new ever, but I thought I should post a little bit about this winter and all that is new with us and the goats. So I took my four nanny goats to another farm that had a buck to breed them. I sold our breeding buck in August because we had him for over five years and we needed to get some new blood on the farm. So the goats were gone for about three weeks in November and I got a message from the farmer that I needed to come to pick up my goats. I was a little puzzled after hearing the message. We had agreed that the goats would be there for at least one month. I called him back and asked what the deal was. As it turned out, one of my goats, "Star Wars," had a little baby girl! So she obviously didn't need to be bred! And new to our herd this fall is "Leia." So as we are gearing up for spring, the three other nannies that got bred this fall are starting to fill out. They all look very pregnant, and I am looking forward to the kidding season. They should be having their babies sometime around the end of March. Right now we have seven Nubian goats, all female. I am really looking forward to see what we get for kids this year. I will let that be my next blog unless something else pops up of importance.As far as the goat milk soap business, we slowed down after Christmas as far as craft shows. I started having soap-making workshops for friends and family. They get to learn how to make goat milk soap with the cold process. Each person gets to pick their own fragrances and take home the soap that they make. We have been having a lot of fun with this. It also passes the time during the long Wisconsin winter. We are starting to sign up for spring craft shows in the area and are looking forward to going back to the farmer's market in Marshfield. We have also been trying to make some new products. I have been dabbling in felting our soap. We have also been trying to formulate goat milk lotion. This has been a little bit of a challenge, because we would like to use an all-natural preservative, but we are having little success so far with the milk not spoiling. We will keep working on it, and once we have a saleable product we will post it on here. Thank you for your interest and reading my blog! Any feedback is greatly appreciated.