Q: How did you choose Nigerian Dwarf goats as your breed to raise?
A: Nigerian Dwarf goats have been bred to have the same physical proportions as standard dairy breeds, but in a smaller package. Because of their smaller size they are easier to handle and manage, which is useful if you are new to goats and/or farming. If you need to take them somewhere, you can put them in a large dog crate in the back of an SUV…no special truck or trailer required! In addition, their milk is simply delicious – high in butterfat and very sweet. And the goats are so friendly and affectionate. They make wonderful pets!
Q: How does Nigerian Dwarf goat milk taste compared to store-bought cow's milk?
A: In our opinion, the milk is sweeter and more complex in flavor than cow's milk from the store. Some people assume goat's milk tastes tangy – but our experience is that it is just the opposite…sweet and delicious!
Q: How can you use the milk from your goats?
A: You can use goat's milk in the same ways you use cow milk – for yogurt, smoothies, cheesemaking, ice cream, and homemade soaps. We also feed extra milk to our chickens and guineas – it is a real treat for them!
Q: What resources do you use for advice on caring for your goats?
A: Various web-based resources and also just talking with other goat breeders. Local university extension offices are a great resource for the many basics of maintaining healthy goats. There are also several goat breeders that have advice on their websites. For your specific questions or needs, do a search on your question and you should get a few options for addressing your issues.
Q: What oils and butters do you use in your soap recipes?
A: We use primarily olive, coconut, palm, and castor oils, and shea and cocoa butters. We occasionally produce soaps with "luxury" ingredients such as evening primrose and jojoba oils, but those will not be part of our regular soap offerings.
Q: How are guinea eggs different than chicken eggs?
A: Guinea eggs are a bit smaller than chicken eggs, and their shells are much harder than those of chickens. In our opinion, the flavor of guinea egg yolks is a bit more delicate than chicken eggs. During guinea breeding season when their eggs are available, we choose the guinea eggs over chicken eggs – especially for breakfast and making ice cream!