Raw Goat Milk Is Available!

I’ve sounded like a broken record for a few months, telling people, “I’ll have the milk license next week…”   Fortunately that week has finally arrived.  Per state law, all raw (unpasteurized) milk must be sold under a Georgia Pet Feed License and will be labeled as such.  I can honestly say not much of it has been served to my pets. We drink a glass or two daily, use it in coffee, cereal, and my favorite use: cheese making.  I’m forbidden to openly encourage others to do the same in print so instead I’ll be writing about how I personally use it.

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All milk is currently coming from our American Lamancha Dairy goats. They are an excellent milking breed and are very gentle, loving and intelligent. All goats are raised on natural pasture and enjoy organic supplemental grains while they are being milked.

Goat milk is naturally homogenized so there won’t be a large amount of cream floating to the top. Before each use simply give the jar a few shakes and it’s ready to be enjoyed!

Prices are $4 per half gallon along with a $2 refundable deposit for the jar.

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Pasturing and Free Ranging, Part 2

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Here’s a nice example of the sustainability of raising chickens on rotational pastures. The photo on the left is from 6 weeks ago and the hens were in this area for a total of 9 days.  At the end of their stay they have eaten a lot of the green grass but haven’t yet scratched everything down to bare earth. It’s time for them to move to a fresh field.

The photo on the right is of the same area of pasture, only 6 weeks later.  While chickens can wear down a particular area of land if left in one spot too long, moving them in a timely manner has great benefits for the hens, the plants, and the soil.  Chickens eat a lot of greenery and bugs in a week but they also leave behind lots of nutrient-rich manure. The manure enriches the soil. Fertile soil allows the grasses to grow back faster and stronger.  Healthy stands of thick grass attract more bugs.  When the hens are rotated back to an area where they were a month or so before, they are greeted with much more grass and insects than were there previously.  More available natural food means they need less supplemental feed, thus producing tastier and healthier eggs. That is sustainability in a nutshell and to me is pure magic.

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