Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Using Diatomaceous Earth To Control Garden Pests

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Using Diatomaceous Earth To Control Garden Pests (via Web Gardening Tips)
Balancing your garden’s needs with the humans who want to consume its bounty can be difficult. On one hand, you don’t want to contaminate future food with pesticides and on the other hand you don’t want pests to infest and consume the fruits of your labour. There are many different types of green…

Goats aplenty

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Note: if you can't see these pictures, go to my blog, Eating Wild Montana and check them out.

I decided to take some pictures of the goats and Sid in their outside pen.  I've noticed that Sid and Oreo have become really good friends and Oreo tries to play with Sid.  The little goat must think Sid is a weird goat or Sid thinks Oreo is a small llama.  Anyway, check out the critters.
Sid and Oreo

Sid and Oreo

Oreo is done with the grain


Heidi, Belle and Annie

Kids' Voices Remain Etched In Mother Goats' Memories

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Kids’ Voices Remain Etched In Mother Goats’ Memories (via redOrbit)
Even after their babies have been weaned and they have been separated for more than a year, mother goats continue to recognize the sounds of their offspring’s voices, reports a new study published Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. According to a Tuesday statement from Queen…

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Goats, Chevon, and Goat Milk

12:28 AM
It took a long time in coming when my husband was willing to get goats.  It started with our first taste of pronghorn, which is very much like goat.  It was yummy and much like beef.

Getting One's Goat

So, I went and looked for two does.  Contrary to popular belief, the term for a female goat is a doe, not a nanny; the term for an intact male is a buck, not a billy.  Wether is the term for a castrated male.

A friend of mine who helped get me into chickens had two does.  No, I didn't know she was selling them, I found them on Craigslist.  She emailed me.  "Oh, it's you..."

So, I came home with two LaMancha does that I named Heidi and Belle.

Goat Crazy

Next, I was looking on Craigslist and found two wethers.  They were free and were going into a  freezer.  It just depended whose, I suppose.  I got them and delivered them to the butcher the next day.  Goat meat tastes a lot like beef, moreso than lamb.  (I've heard people suggest it tastes like lamb, but honestly, it tastes like beef).

Craigslist is a dangerous place for me.  I was looking around and saw a free buckling.  I thought about Heidi and Belle and wondered if perhaps he'd be good for them.  At the same time, I saw a LaMancha buckling for sale for $50 and a doe in milk to barter for chickens.

I sent a bunch of emails out.  After thinking long and hard about the free buckling (who had horns), I found out he went to a nice home.  The woman with the doe wanted to sell the doe's kid, and I had no desire to buy it.  My friend who sold me Heidi and Belle sent me an email asking if we were the only two people in the entire five valleys because she was the one with the LaMancha buckling.  We made plans on transferring the little guy the next Saturday.

At 9 pm I got a phone call from the woman who had the doe wanting to trade the doe for chickens.  Seems the doe got out and ate her garden.  (Goats do that)  We negotiated 4 chickens for the doe.

So, I came home with Annie and Oreo.

An Idiot Milks a Goat

Now, for those who might wonder, no I''d never milked a goat before, let alone milked anything.  Annie on the other hand, had never been milked.  This past week has been interesting.  What I mean by "interesting" is that Annie would nearly strangle herself in the ropes while stuffing a foot in the bucket, thus leading to the chickens getting goat's milk.

The chickens were loving it.  Annie and I, not so much.

That was until the day before yesterday.  I got it figured out that without a milk stand, I had to rely on Annie's patience.  I gave her grain, held onto her side and milked her.  Her patience wears out after about a pint of milk.  Not an incredible amount, but she is a Pygmy crossed with either an Alpine or a Nigerian Dwarf.  Milking a small goat is problematic at best. 

One thing I've learned is not to force the issue.  Even though she carries more milk than the milkman, she is a young goat and gets bored.  Any fidgeting is a sure sign she's done, regardless of whether you think she's done.  Ignore the fidget, and the next step is a foot in the milk pail and a bunch of happy chickens.

Mmm, Milk...

So, after pasteurizing the milk on the stove and cooling it, I tasted the milk.  Goat milk tastes like cream.  Sweetened cream.  Not a hint of goaty flavor.  I hear that commercial goats' milk tastes awful.  This stuff doesn't.  Probably the closest tasting thing is fresh whole milk or half-and-half.

Good stuff!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July Ideas

8:00 AM
Be safe this 4th of July, and remember why we celebrate it.

4th of July Ideas (via Old Fashioned Homemaking)
4th of July Ideas is a post from: Old Fashioned Homemaking 4th of July Ideas is a post from: Old Fashioned Homemaking Here are some 4th of July ideas for picnics or cook-outs, outdoor games to play with family and friends, and decorations for your home. Picnics and Cook-outs Purchase red, … Continue…

Monday, July 2, 2012

Bison Recipe

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    GREAT BISON BURGER RECIPE!! (via http://b2afitness.com)

       Want to build lean muscle but tired of eating the same old same old.  No more plain chicken breast and broccolli here! Bison is actually lower calories per gram than beef and even lower cholesterol.  In addition, you get more protein and higher iron.    Makes 4 Servings Ingredients- -1 Tbsp od…



Sunday, July 1, 2012

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4th of July Recipes (via Old Fashioned Homemaking)
4th of July Recipes is a post from: Old Fashioned Homemaking 4th of July Recipes is a post from: Old Fashioned Homemaking Here are a few recipes for your 4th of July celebration. They include Flag Cake, Patriotic Peppermint Brownies, Festive 4th of July Gelatin, and Patriotic Star Pastries. You can…