Not so much a post about time, but rather our growing herd of goats, as Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were recently joined by Meggie (not a typo) , Carmella and Mini-mini.
Obviously these ridicules names will have to be changed to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday! Which means we are almost at the weekend and a full complement for the Happy Days Milking Co. What next Joanie, Marion?
On second thoughts maybe the goats can have stable names and pet names, a compromise.
We were given the three new girls almost three weeks ago by a friend who didn’t have the resource’s to keep them over winter and they have quickly settled into a new life and forced accommodation, for the kids, as I tried to wean the not so little ones who are close to 5 months old.
This was no easy task and I had to return with hammer, nails and wood on three occasions before I reached a height of barrier that they could no longer jump, almost 6 foot (1.8m).
Today was the first day that they were allowed out together and I was happy to take a picture of them all enjoying their new freedom. Of course the little midweek girls were straight back on the mum to get a drink but it looks like she resisted, tomorrows milking will tell. We are getting three litres a day from two mothers, more than enough for drinking, cheese making and indeed soap making.
I’m not sure how long we should separate them before they loose the urge to go for mums (our) milk? It was so nice to see them all out today that I don’t really want to separate them again. Any ideas anyone?
And another question, does anyone have any good goats cheese recipes? With all this milk we are eager to go beyond the two basic recipes we are using at the moment, time to experiment.