What a great experience we had last night making goats milk lotion with the 4H gals here in town. Such a fun group of young girls who love and adore goats and making stuff out of goats milk.
We haven’t had any goat stuff going on at the Franklin Country Fair in many years (maybe never) because Cache Valley is primarily a Dairy Producing community. I used to wonder about the production of milk and cheese then I moved here. Wow, there are dairies every where!
When I first got my goats, Marsha and Fadra, I didn’t know that much about goats or anyone who actually had goats. I relied heavily on the internet to answer all of my questions, especially when it came time for the babies to be born. Man, I was a wreck. Not only had I not had that much experience with birth in general, well except for having my own five children, but I really didn’t know that much about goats!
I remember going out to the
goat shed in the wee hours of the morning in March (a day or so before Easter that year), it was cool and damp out, but not incredible cold as it has been some years when goat birthing happened. Seeing the 3 babies, Faith, Grace and Billy; it was the most wonder gift I had ever experienced. Brings tears to my eyes just remembering that morning, it was magical. Fadra actually had 4 babies that night, one of them was born dead. That was my first experience with goats and birthing.
Fadra went on to have problems often giving birth, I think because she usually had 3 or 4 babies at a time. Over the years I have learned to deal with her quirky birthing process. She died last year. It was a pretty sad day for me.
We are going to go see spider goats
in a couple weeks! Apparently the University has injected some goats with spider DNA so that they can spin silk from the goat milk. We will have more details once we investigate and will be sharing the whole experience with you! Until then enjoy your goat’s milk soap making experiences this summer while there is an abundance of goat’s milk to be had, everywhere, it seems to me.
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