Friday, June 16, 2017

Reworking my Goat Milk Soap

So I've been working on establishing some really good recipes for my goat milk soap.  Maybe someday I'll be able to sell them.  In the mean time, I get to try new things.

I've scoured you tube for videos on how to make goat milk soap.  Many recipes call for powdered goat milk.  Uh...  NO.  I have goats that provide fresh milk every day.  Why would I use powdered?  I want to use the fresh or my own frozen stuff.

Then there's recipes that use water and goat milk for the liquid.  Hmmm... I really want goat milk to be one of the top three ingredients in my soap.  If I label it as goat milk soap then by golly I want it to have more than a trace of goat milk.  After all, I have goats that provide fresh milk daily.

Most recipes and "how-to's" on the internet have you freeze the goat milk before adding the lye in order to keep the milk from scorching.  Nobody wants burnt milk in their soap.  As I contemplated this process over the several batches that I've made, I started wondering if all the fat in the goat milk was being saponified by the lye in this early step.  That sorta reduces the availability of the goat milk properties for conditioning.  Well, I have these goats that provide fresh milk daily and while I could take a goat milk bath and realize all the wonderful benefits.  Y'all would be missing out.  I began to wonder how would I use a partial water recipe to make sure all the lye was dissolved before adding it to the oil and milk.

Well, that meant I needed to find out how much fat, protein, and solids are in the milk that I'm using.  There's not a lot of information easily available on the component make up of goat milk but I was able to find that on average goat milk is made up of about 87% water.  Now, my girls are on milk test and I know how much fat and protein they are making.  Therefore, I was able to substitute a few numbers and realized that my girls have milk that is approximately 85% water and 15% fat/protein/solids.  Yes, they've got more fat in their milk that the average dairy goat.  And, that's why I chose this breed.

Armed with that information, I began to rework my soap recipes.  After several hours of video watching aided by what I've already learned in the several batches previously made, I've decided to try a new method.  I've recalculated some numbers, modified some steps, and am now ready to try the modifications.  I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Overstocked on Highlands...

After some careful consideration and some humbling realization, we have decided to sell most of our UNREGISTERED Scottish Highland fold.  Our enthusiasm for the breed got the better of us and we overstocked our acreage.  If you are interested in purchasing, contact us at 405-356-2839.  PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE or send a text!

Greer & Grant - 6 yr old yellow cow, our herd queen born sometime spring/summer of 2011.  Has a bull calf born March 9, 2017 at her side.  $1200

Anice - 19 month old yellow heifer (born Sept 2015)  Sire: Benny, Dam: Greer  $900

Blaire & Kerr - 6 yr old red cow with a bull calf born April 4, 2017 at her side.  $1200

Nessa - 18 month old red heifer (born Oct 2015) Sire: Benny, Dam: Blaire  $900

Eddy - 2 yr old yellow bull (born Mar 2015).  $900

Friday, April 28, 2017

Unpasteurized Milk

The dairy industry in the United States has attempted to go to great lengths to "make sure" the milk you drink is safe.  In the process of doing this, they - the dairy industry - in cooperation with federal agencies - USDA, FDA, EPA, etc - have restricted your freedom to choose.  You have the "freedom" to choose only the product they offer.  Choosing another product may be life threatening.  They fail to mention that choosing their product may be life threatening as well.

As a person on this planet, you have responsibility for yourself.  If you make a choice, it is yours.  It is yours if you make an uninformed choice, a hasty choice, or a carefully researched choice.  Unfortunately, there seems to be a large number of people who wish to pass the responsibility of their choice to others.  

I use the unpasteurized milk and milk products obtained from my goats.  I drink it.  I make yogurt with it.  I make cheese with it.  I make ice cream with it.  I do this of my own choice and I realize the responsibility and risks associated with it.  My husband also uses the milk and milk products obtained from my goats.  He does this of his own choice and he accepts the responsibility and risks of  it.   

So, here's what I need to say.  I will make my milk available to you only if you are willing to assume the responsibility and risk yourself.  What that means is that IF you purchase my milk and you get sick for any reason associated with using it, you will NOT sue me.  Now, I could get a lawyer and have a document created for you to sign stating that you accept your own responsibility in using raw milk or we could just shake hands and be individuals of our word.  

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Establishing a sales policy...

I've known for some time that I would need to establish a sales policy.  I've been working on it for over a year.  Certain social media sites don't allow you to sell animals via their platform.  This amazes me but I won't get on that soapbox.

So, I updated the policy and have published it via a link on our menu.

I'm sure that something else will come up and it will be modified again but that's okay.  Change is not bad.  :)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Finally, a direction.

Sometimes I do things just to do things.  I don't have a plan or an actual goal that I'm trying to reach.  I am just doing.  In some ways, that's what happened with the farm.  So, now I am trying to find the goal.  Why am I doing this?  Why do I have goats?  Why do I have cows?  Why do I have chickens?  What is the purpose of each animal?  What is the purpose of the plants?  Why do I have dogs?  Why do I have cats?  What is the purpose of the buildings?

I'm spending the next several weeks going over questions and solidifying a plan, a goal, a purpose.  Stay tuned for more details...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Kids and Calves 2017 - so far...

Well, I missed the dates for the cows.  Rona went first on March 5th and delivered a small little man.  Followed four days later by Greer who delivered a big little man.  Both of these babies are Benny's offspring.

The goats started delivering kids on the 13th.  Red went first with three beautiful doelings sired by Lou.  Dottie followed 2 days later with a single buckling also sired by Lou.  Getty delivered two doelings and a buckling today.  These are the first of Iron's babies on the ground.  We are awaiting the immenent arrival of Polly and Dancer's kids.  I have just about given up on trying to determine when these girls will deliver.  Gah.

What a joy it is to be on the homestead during the "baby" season!