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Visitors

I didn't realize how long it had been since I posted - 2 weeks!  To get it out of the way right now, no I haven't had the baby yet, I've just been horribly unmotivated  - I'll certainly announce the birth here when it does happen.  

Last weekend, we had some very special company.  Our WWOOFer from 2 years ago, Benjamin, came back with his family on a visit from Germany!  We have kept in touch, but hadn't seen him since, or met his parents and brother, so that was a wonderful visit.  

Cheese!

It's cheese time!  Now that I'm milking again, I have lots of milk.  I don't actually need the milk for regular use - I already get a gallon a week of local cow's milk that is more than enough for our needs (unless we have milk-drinking interns).  I barter for a gallon of homemade kombucha, which costs me about $.75 to make, so I can't pass that up!   I pretty much use the goat milk for cheese, and I'm going to use some for soap this year.

Milking Time

We are holding at 41 goat kids right now, with 2 mothers refusing to finish up the kidding season in timely fashion.  We had a bit of trouble with the last mother to kid, her babies have trouble getting started every year because her teats are just too big.  They inflate like balloons, maybe 1.5" by 3", and the little guys just can't get ahold of them.  Then, she gets engorged, and swells up tight, and we have to milk her off to get the teats down to a manageable size.