I woke up to a cloudy sky. No rain, just overcast and cool. Lee and Steve were feeding the goats this morning when I walked up to the barn. Little Carrie and Jessie were assisting a friend with kidding.
Lots of care and maintenance of young cheese today. First order of business, unhoop
feeding for the baby goats went smoothly. Most of them understand how to use the lamb bar, so feeding them is easy. The newborns need to be bottle fed and then trained on how to feed from the lamb bar. A lamb bar is a bucket with holes drilled in it. Nipples are stuck through the holes. Tubing stretches between the nipples and cups that hold warm milk for the kids. When the measured amount of milk is consumed, the kid is picked up and put into a holding pen. This routine is repeated until all baby goats are fed. This allows us to monitor the health of the kids. If someone isn't eating well, Lee may give them something to settle an upset stomach. She treats them first with homeopathic or natural remedies first. A little baking soda works well if someone has indigestion. She also has a probiotic powder that she’ll sprinkle in the milk. Seems to help ‘em digest the rich cow’s milk.
After feeding 40 baby goats, it was time to feed myself. Ginnie decided to take me to "the truck stop" over on
Miriam joined us for lunch. Miriam is about five years older than Ginnie and is one of Ginnie's closest friends. She's full of energy and is quick to give you a big smile and warm hello. They attend church together and Miriam is a fixture around the farm. She helps clean up the cheese room and Ginnie's house for some extra money. She's got many stories to tell and has a great the gift of storytelling. She loves to talk. Like most folks around the farm, she'll share her opinion about any topic. I like Miriam.
Our ride home included a detour to Bowman Dairy, home of Homeland Creamery in
Ginnie had one more errand to perform so she took
We returned to the dairy, I threw my pint of coffee ice cream into the freezer and painted the six
Happy Birthday Mom!