Saturday, June 15, 2013

A Local Goat Farm and Creamery

Two weeks ago we visited a local goat farm and creamery and were welcomed by these adorable 3-week-old kids. How cute are they! In addition to Nubians (shown below) and Nigerian Dwarfs, the farm has beef cattle, sheep, free-range chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and llamas, which are used to guard the goats (more on that below).


This goat named Alli was very friendly because she thought we had something good for her to nibble on. Instead, she nibbled on my husband's finger! It didn't hurt, but it did startle him a bit. Ha!


In the farm store, we bought three kinds of goat cheese -- an aged cheese, a soft cheese with basil and sun-dried tomato, and a soft cheese with garlic and chives. In addition to cheese, eggs, beef, lamb, and goat milk soaps from the farm, the store also sells locally made jams, sauces, country ham, honey and handmade crafts. My husband wanted to try a jar of pickled okra and I picked up a small bottle of natural, locally made mosquito repellant made from plant oils. For the past couple of years, I've been using an organic product called EcoSmart that is DEET free. It contains rosemary oil, cinnamon leaf oil, lemongrass oil and geranium oil. It works well to repel mosquitoes, ticks and gnats.


The goats are guarded by two Great Pyrenees and two llamas. Apparently, llamas have a natural dislike for domestic and wild dogs, coyotes and foxes. Once a llama bonds with a herd of goats, it takes on the role of protector and leader. It will become aggressive when a predator advances toward their "family" of goats. A llama will chase, bite and kick and can even kill a dog. Likewise, the Great Pyrenees is a livestock guard dog that can be trained starting at an early age to bond with goats. Once bonded, they will stay with the goats and protect them. The farm's dogs are not socialized and would only bark at us from a distance.

2 comments:

  1. I love goats(and their cheese!), they are so funny. Have you seen this, Claudia?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB03xQDjeUM

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  2. I looove goats! They are the cheekiest of God's creatures for sure.

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