Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What has happened since Kidding Season 2012?

I can't believe that a whole year has gone by already.  It's already time for the 2013 Kidding Season to begin.  It has been a very eventful busy year.

January, February, and March, 2012 saw me milking 56 does twice a day and bottle feeding up to 46 bottle kids twice a day.  Those days are a blur to say the least.  I continued milking twice a day till July and then cut back to once a day till November.  I was very glad when weaning time came for those bottle babies!


May through October, I took the young does (that were born in the spring) out grazing and browsing every afternoon for a couple of hours.  Those walks were the most peaceful relaxing part of my whole summer.  They grew and thrived on the abundant browse ... even in this year of drought. 

Tess enjoying a blackberry leaf 

The girls browsing up the hillside

Eventually this fall, it was time to integrate the young does with the adult goat herd.  This brought the herd up to 100+  free ranging grazing browsing dairy goats.  The photo below is of me walking back home with them at the end of the day.

 Me and the goats


Most of the summer was spent on the final construction and preparations for getting the goat dairy inspected and licensed.

The 250 gallon Bulk Milk Cooling Tank was installed

The Hand Wash Sink was installed

The Septic System and Milk Barn Bathroom was installed

The Milk Parlor got a new window and a good deep cleaning

September 4, 2012 was the day the dairy was inspected and licensed as a Grade A Goat Dairy.  Very very exciting day.  

The Milk Board Inspector made her inspection and filled out the Grade A License


 There were only a few details left to complete before the Cheese Make Room could be officially licensed with the State Milk Board as a Cheese Plant.  By the time these final details were completed, it was only a couple of weeks before it was time to dry the goats off for their 2 month break in preparation for kidding.

So, as soon as the goats kid and are milking again, the Cheese Plant will receive it's inspection and license.  I'm pretty excited to be making aged raw milk goat cheese to sell to the public during 2013.  This is the season that all the hard work and preparations will be finalized with a licensed Grade A Goat Dairy and Cheese Plant.


OurCrazyFarm said...

Hooray for you Brenda! Wish I could be there to help you deliver all those new kids! Cole wonders if you will be naming them all:)) Our does aren't due until the first of February~ can't wait!

*~*~*~*~Tonia said...

Good thing I know where you live and can visit once in a while to know you haven't fallen off the face of this earth!!Lol I am so excited for you! ALMOST There!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Wow, you are one busy goatlady...giggling :)
Very impressive!

Brenda said...

Thanks guys! It has been a busy year, but lots of things accomplished too.

the canned quilter said...

Congrats to a great year : ) CQ

Linda said...

Congratulations Brenda! Wow! I am excited for you!

Kathy Strausser said...

It was a lot of work, but the rewards will be great!