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Great Pyrenees and Akbash Puppies for Sale

(Puppy pics coming soon.) We are asking $350 each for the pups. They won’t last long though.

Meet the Sire and Dams for our litters of puppies to be born this year.They are all onsite parents. They make awesome livestock guardians and are very well tempered.

The top is iris which is the akbash currently with puppies. The pups are raised with livestock from the day they are born , so they are true working dogs but are also socialized. they will all come with puppy shots. They where born on mothers day (awww) should be ready to purchase in July after fully weaned!

About the Akbash Dog Breed:

The Akbash personality tends to be calm and aware. As a breed, it is not shy, nor is it aggressive. When used as a protection dog, it is suspicious of strangers in its territory, and any unusual sounds or changes in the environment. The breed is not naturally hostile, and is instead, naturally discerning, bred to think independently. The Akbash can be powerful against predators, yet, when properly exposed, be gentle with newborn lambs and goat kids. The usual first means of protection by an Akbash is to warn potential threats by posturing, barking and/or growling. The Akbash will chase away a predator, or engage in physical combat if necessary.

Although the Akbash is frequently mistakenly referred to as being a herding dog, they do not chase and round up livestock. Akbash Dogs should never chase livestock although occasionally they may move their charges away from danger. The Akbash Dog is one of the more popular of about 30 breeds worldwide of Flock Guardians, Livestock Protection Dogs, or Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGDs).

She loves Steven to no end and is very playful with most people, she can be a little over protective at times but she is an amazing guardian dog. She has saved our chickens from being prey to very large hawks at our property. She loves to run and play with whoever will pay attention to her!

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Meet Iris, she is our one guardian dog who is a Great Pyrenees. 

About the Great Pyrenees Breed:

Pyrenees are a popular breed these days. In nature, the Great Pyrenees (also known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, is a large breed of dog used as a livestock guardian dog. It should not be confused with the Pyrenean Mastiff. They are confident, gentle (especially with children), and affectionate. While territorial and protective of its flock or family when necessary, its general demeanor is of composure and patience and loyalty. It is a strong willed, independent and reserved breed. It is also attentive, quite fearless and loyal to its duties. The Great Pyrenees’ size makes it an imposing guardian. A dog of this breed will patrol its perimeter and may wander away if left off its leash in an unenclosed space. The Great Pyrenees protects its flock by barking, and being nocturnal.

KillianKillian is the king of the hill, he is the same age as Annie and the father to Chunk, our only pup from last year. He has been such a wonderful investment. He has chased away a pack of coyotes as well as some stray dogs roaming nearby that could have very easily attacked our herd. He is very sweet and loves attention! He enjoys playing with Annie and Chunk on nice sunny days!

Check back for puppy pics! (updated)

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About Lamancha Goats

pj22015The American LaMancha goat (or just Lamancha) originated from short-eared goats of a type found in LaMancha and others regions throughout Spain. Even so, there is not, nor has there ever been, a breed known as the Spanish LaMancha. The Term “American Lamancha” is an ADGA term which denotes a goat that is mostly Lamancha but has unknown genetics or varied genetics of other purebred goats.

Recognized as a breed in the 1950s, this goat has excellent dairy temperament and is an all-around sturdy animal that can withstand a great deal of hardship and still produce. The milk is known for its high butterfat.

The LaMancha face is straight with the ears being the distinctive breed characteristic. There are two types of LaMancha ears. In does one type of ear has no advantage over the other.

  1. The “gopher ear” is an approximate maximum length of one inch but pretty much non-existent and with very little or no cartilage. The end of the ear can be turned up or down. This is the only type of ear which will make a buck eligible for registration.
  2. The “elf ear” is described an approximate maximum length of two inches and the end of the ear must be turned up or turned down and cartilage shaping the small ear is allowed.

Any color or combination of colors can be found in this goat breed and the hair is usually short, fine and glossy.

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New “Kids” at Homestead Ranch

We had Valentine Babies.

We have Nigerian and Lamancha goat breeds which make the best milk producers. These babies are Lamancha, which do not have ears as you would see on most goat breeds, but they make the yummiest milk. To read more about Lamancha goats, read our article here.


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Find Us at These Farmer’s Markets.

FCMlogoFind Us at these Farmer’s Markets for 2016

We are so excited for this year’s farmer’s market season!

• Larimer County Farmers market on oak street.
• Fort Collins Farmers market on harmony and Lemay (Sundays, Wednesdays, Saturdays)
• Loveland Farmers market on Railroad st.
• Wellington Farmers market, Centennial Park, 4th and Cleveland
• Drake market on Drake and Shields


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Body Care Products Special

So you “Liked Us” on Facebook, use the following promo code at checkout to receive 10% off  your first Homestead Ranch order of any of our online body care products. Lip balms, goat milk soap, wonderful smelling and naturally moisturizing lotions.

Promo Code: FBLIKEHR

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Newsletter March 2016


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March 2016

Hello again from homestead ranch.

We are gearing up for another great year! We have most of our animals on our new property as well as wonderful protectors for our herd.

we would like to introduce some of our newest members of the company!

ANNIE: This is our sweet little Annie, she is a 1.5 year old Great Pyrenees female

She is very even tempered and loves to get her pets from as many people as possible!

We had a surprise that came with her that the previous owners as well as ourselves were unaware of.

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Chunk: Meet chunk, he was unplanned and very much a surprise! He was born in October of this last year. His mom ( Annie) only had one puppy, so he got to have as much milk as he wanted and boy does he live up to his name! He loves to play with the goats as well as chew toys and hide behind trees! He is MR. Personality!



Killian: This is the king of the hill, he is the same age as Annie and the father to Chunk! He has been such a wonderful investment. He has chased away a pack of coyotes as well as some stray dogs roaming nearby that could have very easily attacked our herd. He is very sweet and loves attention! He enjoys playing with Annie and Chunk on nice sunny days!


Iris:Meet Iris, she is our one guardian dog who is not pyrenees, she is Akbash. She loves steven to no end and is very playful with most people, she can be a little over protective at times but she is an amazing guardian dog. She has saved our chickens from being prey to very large hawks at our property. She loves to run and play with whoever will pay attention to her!


Here are some pictures of a few babies from this year.



We are finally starting to get into the swing of things! We expect to have a banner year again!

We are very excited to announce that we have teamed up with a pet supply company locally owned and operated in Loveland, CO.

Big Bark is a family owned company that only sources natural pet products from local based companies.  The quality of product is much exceeded my expectations! Check them out on facebook or their webpage  big bark pet products,


Chicks and chickens eggs are arriving by the day! Check out these pictures.We have added some fun new additions to our poultry flock, DUCKS! They are so much fun and the omegas in the duck eggs are amazing!


We hope to be in quite a few more markets this upcoming season, so go on our facebook page and like us to get a discount on your favorite products! Homestead ranch facebook page Just let us know when you come by the booth so we can get you your discount. Also look on our webpage for the new markets we will be at as well as new stores and restaurants we will be in!

We are very excited for this upcoming season! We are so very blessed to be able to enjoy what we do and serve our community well! Our awesome market rep. Nick is expanding out on his own a little this year and taking on clients large and small who need weed control done but not with chemicals, with our boy goats who love, love, love to eat! So if you are in need of a little trimming or have a larger area that needs maintained then give him a call. The goats will thank you for it!

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Thank you to all who have made this possible and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!


Heather,Steve, Landon

and everyone here at Homestead Ranch

For individual questions or concerns please feel free to email me at
Homestead Ranch

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Bacon Wrapped Chevre Stuffed Figs

1 lb. Dried White Turkish Figs
1 lb Thick Cut Hickory Smoked Bacon
8 oz. Sheppard’s Chevre (Goat Cheese)
Honey (to drizzle)
bacon4To start, slice each fig in half.  This can be tricky being dried fruits.  To make it simple, flatten our as many wrinkle as possible before cutting.  I would also not to remove all stems/ stem nubs as these are tough and hard to eat.
After slicing spoon out some of the fig center filling.  I would save this– cookies, dressing, etc… it’s a good thing to have on hand!
Next, press about 1/2 tsp of cheese into each fig.  Since each fig is different in size, I would eyeball the portions, but as long as each fig is filled, it is OK.  Next, wrap each fig with bacon.  I ripped the bacon into pieces, and depending on the fig size, I chose the right sized strips to securely wrap each fig.

bacon5Finally bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit fo 10-12 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp.  Remove and let sit 5 minutes.  Before serving, drizzle with honey and sick a tooth pick into each for easy handling.

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Baked Goat Cheese Dip

Baked Goat Cheese Dip

Baked-Goat-Cheese-DipMakes 6 servings:

1 10 -ounce log goat cheese, at room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
Freshly ground pepper
8 small cocktail tomatoes (about 10 ounces), quartered
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Kosher salt
Toasted baguette slices, for serving

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, parmesan and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a food processor and season with pepper; puree until smooth. Brush a 1-quart baking dish with olive oil, then spread the cheese mixture in the dish, mounding it slightly higher around the edge than in the middle. Bake until golden and heated through, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, chives, vinegar, garlic, the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Spoon the tomato mixture on top of the dip. Serve with baguette slices.


Photograph by Andrew Purcell
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine

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Goat Cheese Sugar Cookies

goat-cheese-sugar-cookies2Much like cream cheese or buttermilk, goat cheese brings a subtle acidity and tang to the cookies that wouldn’t be there otherwise, giving them an extra, richer taste.

Yield: 36 cookies

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup (3 ounces) soft goat cheese, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

nonpareil sprinkles or sanding sugar (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
    2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
    3. Combine sugar, goat cheese, and melted butter in a large bowl and whisk until mixture forms a smooth paste (a few lumps are ok). Whisk in oil. Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract and stir until smooth. Fold in flour mixture until incorporated and no dry ingredients remain.
    4. Pour sprinkles or sugar into a small bowl. Dough will be soft, but should still be workable. If not, refrigerate it for 15 to 20 minutes until it is. Use a small cookie scoop to portion out about 1 tablespoon of dough, then roll in sprinkles/sugar to coat. Arrange on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between each cookie.
    5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until cookies are just set and slightly cracked. Cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

    Adapted from Cooks Illustrated.

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Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Crostini

  • Goat cheese
  • Sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • Balsamic glaze (store-bought or you can make it)
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • Thin Italian bread
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet; set aside.
  2. Drizzle olive on bread and dust with garlic powder. Bake in oven for about 7 minutes or until toasted and crispy. Let cool slightly before adding goat cheese.
  3. Spread goat cheese on each piece of bread, top with sun dried tomatoes, drizzle of balsamic glaze, and fresh basil.

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