Finally, a couple weeks ago our first doe kidded. We ran out of frozen milk and had to buy from the store. That is painful and tasteless. I had tried to get a couple goats pregnant in the early fall but alas, no luck. Okay, that sounded bad. Rather I had taken the does when they were in heat to the buck but alas nothing. Since the does cycled last summer and, I hope they do again this summer, I will try then instead of early fall. Hopefully it will be a strong enough cycle for one doe to take and freshen in the winter time. I want fresh milk 12 months of the year which means kidding at different times. In the winter is when I have the most time to make products from the milk and it just makes sense to have at least one doe freshen then. Summer is such a crazy busy time with the huge area we have to keep mowed and the garden.
I have started making buttermilk with store milk. Wow, what a taste let down, bland, bland in comparison to the fresh goat milk buttermilk that makes pancakes and biscuits divine. I was making the buttermilk from frozen goat milk. With such a rushed fall I did not get any milk canned. My goal was to try making buttermilk with canned milk. Alas, it did not happen as I just used up the few bottles of canned milk I had cooking. Definitely lessons learned.
With a penny crunch going on around this household, I need to gear up to make far more dairy products. Sour cream and butter will be a must along with the present yogurt and buttermilk. How will I ever have the strength and time I don't know but I will move forward in faith, and pray that the Lord strengthens me like he did the Israelites under Pharaoh during the time of Moses.
One area I could save time and money on if I was a bit smarter would be the doelings. If I knew which ones to keep and which to sell before I put a years worth of feed into them. If little two week old Hanna had an udder forming then I would have a better idea if she would be a keeper. I want to replace Hanna's mom, Meagan, as she is a bit nervous and this effects her milk supply along with making her not as nice to handle. My husband was concerned about Hanna's crooked legs but I assured him they would strengthen with exercise and straighten they have.