|new kids! Sweet Land Tiger Lily, Calla Lily/Ruby, and Blue Willow had their first kiddings. It doesn't get cuter than this :)|
Photo by Wrotniak family
Sweet Land Mars Bar was Grand Champion Jr Buck and Reserve Champion Jr/Sr Buck at Syracuse ADGA show! From Jessica: "Connor showed his boy :) He has been working hard to get him to walk and get set up :)"
|Sweet Land Mars - grand Champion jr buck, reserve champion jr/sr buck|
photos by Jessica
One of my favorite girls, Sweet Land Iris (x Indigo Creek Farms Apollo) had her first kidding 30 April 2017. Triplets! (This might be the year of the triplets.) They resemble Kadence's kids: 2 that look like their dams and Apollo's flashy tricolor thrown in for fun. Iris stands like a pro on the milk stand. She has a nicely shaped udder and is easy to milk. I'm hoping her production will increase next lactation. Update: 3.3 lbs 4 wks fresh
J12 Doeling "Chardonnay" black/white roaning, frosting
J 13 Doeling "Chianti" tricolor
|Chardonnay is a favorite - she reminds me of Iris|
Sweet Land Kadence (x Indigo Creek Farms Apollo) kidded triplets on 23 April 2017. This is Kadence aka "Shadow Baby's" first kidding. Kadence's dam Katima is one of my best milkers and it looks like her daughter is going to be a great milker too. Her boys look and act just like her and her spunky girl got her color from Apollo's flashy good looks. Update: 4.0 lbs 5 weeks fresh
J9 Buckling "Sequoia" black, frosted ears/nose, wattles
J 10 Doeling "Sybil" tricolor, white, brown, gray, wattles
Sweet Land Tripoli (x Capsand Creamery Walker) kidded quads
30 March 2017. This was Tripoli's first kidding, and her kids share her looks and gentle and lively personality. Tripoli has a well attached udder with good capacity and easy let down like her dam Trillium with good size teats. I'm hoping she shares her dam Trillium's length of lactation. Update: 3.5 lbs 5 weeks fresh
J4 Doeling "Tessia": gold/white, white poll, frosted ears/nose
J5 Doeling "Tulsi": white/gold, wattles
J6 Doeling "Tulip": gold/white, white poll, frosted ears
J7 Buckling "Tamarack": gold/white
|hours old - tiny Tulip|
|Katima waits patiently - first timer Tripoli takes notes|
Sweet Land Katima (x Capsand Creamery Walker) started this year's kidding season with triplet bucklings on 29 March 2017. This was Katima's 2nd kidding after being milked through over a year as a first freshener. She's a dedicated milker like her dam Kizzy - I love having one of my favorites back on the milkstand again. She has large teats and is very easy to milk.
Update: 4.3 lbs 3 weeks fresh
J1 Buckling "Kingsley" white/black, frosted ears, blue eyes
J2 Buckling "Kristoff" light gold/white, wattles, blue eyes
J3 Buckling "Klondike" gold, frosted ears, blue eyes
|It just tastes better with butter. Julia Child taught me well.|
The farm's Holstein/Jersey cross Jazzy is on maternity leave, so my awesome milking girls have picked up the slack. Several are being milked through to give us a steady supply of milk this winter and spring. Culturing the raw cream for 24 hrs gives it a delicious tang and increases probiotic cultures. The cultured buttermilk is amazing for baking too - this is the real stuff! Unlike yellow butter from grass fed cows, butter from the goats' milk is pure white. These girls have already converted beta carotene into Vitamin A - thus their butter's pristine whiteness. The butter yield from goat's milk versus cow's milk is greater since Nigerian Dwarf's butterfat% can be up to 10% in late lactation. In my experience, goats are all around more efficient and smarter than cows. And as Julia Child says, "If you're afraid of butter, use cream." :)
Yoghurt was the first thing I made with milk from my first goats, Kizzy & Cala, and regularly since then. That first attempt I started out with 1 quart of milk- now it's 2 gallons at a time, every couple of weeks because we eat a lot of it. Goat's milk yoghurt is creamy and thick. I don't add any sweeteners, thickeners, or artificial flavors....it's just goat's milk + fermented probiotic cultures. An extended fermentation makes it thick and creamy like Greek-style but retains all the vitamins & minerals contained in whey. Topped with jam from the farm's organic strawberries, it's delicious.
CAE, CL, Johnnes, Brucellosis, and TB-free herd
We work hard to keep our small herd of purebred Nigerian Dwarf goats happy & healthy. Sweet Land Nigerians is a closed herd and consistently tests negative for goat diseases (August 2012, June 2015, January 2017). Cute new kids are on the way. This year's kidding season begins late March/April 2017. Kudos to the girls for keeping us in a steady supply of milk all winter for butter and cheese making!