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What is Chevre?

Chèvre (pronounced “SHEV-ruh” or sometimes simply “SHEV”) is a type of French cheese made from goat’s milk.

Depending on how it’s made, Chèvre can have different flavors and textures. Some types of chèvre have a smooth texture, mild, buttery flavor and white color, similar to cream cheese. Other varieties of chèvre are still soft but slightly more crumbly. The flavor of these types of chèvre can be slightly more tangy.

Aged Chèvre can be quite firm and yellow in color.

Chèvre can be served as a table cheese, spread on crackers or in canapés. Chèvre is also frequently used in salads.

Chèvre will soften but not completely melt when heated. Chèvre is a popular cheese in pasta dishes and on pizza.

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Drake Market Goat Tasting

Professional Chefs, JuliYJuan were at the Drake Farmer’s Market Special Goat Tasting Event. Here are some of their great recipes using goat meat that they cooked up at the event.

Recipes: Click Below.

Goat Barbacoa
Goat Salpicon
Goat Green Curry
Naan Bread
Chimichurri Sauce for Empanadas
Goat Empanadas, Argentinian way
Empanadas Dough


Drake’s Farmers Market ‘Goat For All’ Day!!

This adventure has been a rather interesting one… it all started with a full goat from Homestead Ranch, to butcher at home. This was definitely something new for us. Juli has not done this kind of butchering since Culinary School, and me, I had never even thought on having to do it, unless it was for survival. But you know life presents with this interesting surprises…

Read full article.

Watch Video of the Event.

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goat milk baby formula

Goat Milk Baby Formula

Below is the recommended recipe for goats milk formula as published by the Weston A. Price Foundation.

2 cups raw goat milk (do not substitute pasteurized or powdered goat milk as these are heavily processed, denatured and allergenic foods)
1 7/8 cups filtered water
1/4 cup liquid whey
4 Tbl Lactose
1/4 tsp Bifidobacterium Infantis Powder
2 Tbl good quality raw or pasteurized cream.  Do NOT use ultrapasteurized cream!
1/2 tsp unflavored, fermented cod liver oil
1/4 tsp high vitamin butter oil (optional, but highly recommended)
1 tsp expeller pressed, organic sunflower oil
1 tsp organic, extra virgin olive oil (in a dark bottle)
2 tsp virgin coconut oil
2 tsp nutritional yeast flakes
2 tsp finely grated, organic raw chicken liver (frozen for 14 days as recommended by the USDA for safe consumption) or 1/2 tsp of raw, desiccated liver powder (find it here). 
2 tsp gelatin
1/4 tsp acerola powder


Fill a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup with filtered water and remove 2 tablespoons (this will give you 1 7/8 cup water).

Pour about half the water into a pan and turn burner on medium.

Add the gelatin and lactose and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.

When gelatin and lactose are dissolved, remove pan from heat and add the rest of the water to cool.

Stir in the coconut oil and butter oil until melted.

Put remaining ingredients in a glass blender. Be sure to use only liquid whey and never powdered whey whey from making cheese as it will curdle the goats milk formula.

Add the water mixture and blend for about 3 seconds.

Pour goats milk formula into glass baby bottles or a large glass jar and refrigerate.

Before giving to baby, warm glass bottle in a pan of hot water or a bottle warmer (I like these).

Never microwave baby bottles!

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goat milk mustache, drinking a fresh glass of goat milk

10 Ways to use Goat Milk

1.) Substitute for people who are lactose intolerant. Goat’s milk is a natural alternative to cow milk and can comfortably be consumed by many people who suffer from cow milk allergies or sensitivity. Although goat milk, like cow’s milk and human milk, contains lactose, many people with lactose intolerance can drink goat milk. Studies show that cow milk, which contains something called alpha-s1-casein protein, may be more likely to cause allergic reactions than goat milk, which contains extremely low or no amounts of this protein.

2.) Cook with it for low-fat cooking. As you probably know, fats — in the form of shortenings and heavy cow’s cream, creamed cheese, and butter have traditionally been used in baked goods because of their rich taste and fine texture. However, they’re also hard to digest, low in nutritive value, and laced with cholesterol. Cold-pressed oils are more digestible, but their cost has risen alarmingly and they generally produce a poorer texture in baked items. Check out our Recipe Section for great goat milk recipes.

3.) Make better cheeses, yogurt and buttermilk. Goat’milk, as mentioned above, contains such small fat globules that the fluid is practically homogenized as it comes from the animal. This makes goat’s milk very easy to digest. Furthermore, the curd from clabbered goat’s milk also contains these molecules of fat plus all the nutritive values of the whole milk, plus lactic acid used to make  buttermilk, yogurt, and sour cream — which produces those tender crusts we all find so delicious). This curd, in fact, can be successfully substituted for any type of cream or other fats in any baking recipe.

4.) Feeds other animals too. Our newest distributor, Nor Sky Pet Products who makes the Big Bark pet line is currently purchasing our goat’s milk to make their goat’s milk based pet nutrition supplements. According to the Journal of American Medicine, “Goat milk is the most complete food known.” It contains vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, trace elements, enzymes, protein, and fatty acids.” and for this reason is not just healthier for humans but pets who need supplementation too. Having fat molecules one-fifth the size of those in cow’s milk makes it easily digestible and tolerable even for dogs with digestive issues and other baby animals who may need supplements or lost their mother.

baby goat T shirt

Baby goat Tshirt

5.) Good source of probiotics to help stomach problems. Raw goat milk is a source of easily digested probiotics that can help with many chronic diseases, including:

  • Liver disease
  • Heavy metal poisoning
  • Malnutrition
  • Kidney disease
  • Kidney stones
  • Diabetes
  • GI disease
  • Poor digestion
  • Diarrhea

Fermenting goat milk, as in making Kefir, adds another layer of nutritional value. The fermentation process adds more probiotics which metabolize the lactose in milk and combine with its other nutrients to create the above health-supporting compounds.. Although fermented milk and dairy foods have been consumed for thousands of years, we’ve only recently begun to understand their benefits in fighting modern chronic illnesses such as arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcers, colitis, intestinal pathogens and even brain disorders. Native peoples in about every country consume some type of fermented milk product, each with its own unique name yet very similar in its composition. Some examples include langemilk in Sweden, dahi or chaas in India, orjan in Greece and skuta in Chile.

6.) Moisturize your skin. Ancient Egyptians used goat milk to nurture skin. As quoted by Kristen Arnett from Green Beauty Team,

“Goat’s milk is rich in essential fatty acids and triglycerides. The essential fatty acids have a unique PH similar to humans, so it is less irritating and more easily absorbed by our skin. These fatty acids and triglycerides are super moisturizing.

But there’s more! Goat’s milk contains precious skin minerals like selenium and is loaded with vitamins, particularly vitamin A, the most important vitamin for the skin. As with other milks, goat’s milk contains lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It assists to gently slough off dead skin cells and helps to hydrate and brighten the skin.”

7.) Bathe with it.  Goat’s milk makes a wonder soap, for all the reasons mentioned above. Make sure to buy natural goat milk soaps without all the harmful parabens and chemicals though.

8.) Makes nutritious smoothies and breakfast alternatives. In a hurry for breakfast? Make a quick protein drink by adding your favorite fruit to a glass of goat milk and blend. Quick, on the go, and packed with protein and nutrients for busy lifestyles. For more great recipes using goat milk, see here.

9.) Condition your hair and scalp. There are a few natural hair care techniques using goat’s milk for hair and scalp conditioning treatments. We have one technique you can read about here.

10.) Goat milk baby formula. Goat’s milk is more widely accepted as a homemade natural baby formula if one is needed. With commercial formula best avoided and relying solely on donor breastmilk a risky proposition, homemade formula becomes an option well worth considering. It is best to make homemade formulas with a clean source of raw milk.

See the recommended recipe for goats milk formula as published by the Weston A. Price Foundation.

NOTE: The nutritional value of goat milk does depend on the diet and overall health of the animals that are producing it. Goats that are pastured and grass fed in a low stress environment, free of antibiotics and free of GMO feeds will produce far better quality milk. Processing, such as pasteurization or spray drying, will also lower the nutritional value of the milk.

If using a fermented goat milk or kefir, make sure it’s made from raw milk – lactic acid bacteria will thrive best on unadulterated milk that hasn’t been damaged by excessive heat. The probiotics in raw goat milk are also less likely to be destroyed by hydrochloric acid and bile salts in the digestive tract. Probiotics in pill and powder form won’t have the same value because they can be destroyed.

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goat pictures

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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goat milk vs cow milk in taste

How Does Goat Milk Taste?

There have been many rumors that goat milk does not taste good, but the taste of goat milk has a great deal to do with what they are fed and how they and the milk are cared for.

Calf, 8 months old, standing with a Polish chicken

Within minutes of being freshly milked, most goat’s milk is inherently sweet and clean tasting, with no strong aftertaste. The tendency for it to taste strong or goaty is a result of how it is handled. Goat’s milk has a high amount of lactic acid, and this lactic acid can multiply fast in warm temperatures over the course of 3-4 days. If goat’s milk is stored at a temperature higher than 38 degrees (most fridges hang out around 45 degrees), then the lactic acid has the advantage. The lactic acid will increase and your result (over the course of a week in that environment), will be a stronger & more goaty tasting goat’s milk.

On the other hand, if you filter the milk, get it cold within 15 minutes of milking, and store at a temperature less than 38 degrees, you’ll have sweet tasting milk waiting for you for up to a month! Filtering the milk is also an important step.

There are a few reasons why your goat’s milk could taste goaty right after milking. Goats produce strong pheramones and when kept in close quarters with bucks (male goats), the does (female goats) can be so affected by the buck’s odor, that the female hormones actually change the taste of the milk! In our experience, this doesn’t happen 100% of the time, but it’s still enough of a concern to try to keep them apart. We’ve had bucks in the very same pen as our does and our does have still produced very clean & fresh-tasting milk. We’ve also had does that put off a strong musky flavor in their milk anytime they’re around a buck. It really just depends on the goat.

Finally, there are certain breeds of goats who are known for their pungent milk. Toggenburg & Oberhasi are the two breeds of goats who tend to have a very strong flavor from the second the stream of milk hits the pail. There isn’t a real explanation as to why this is, other than the fact that most people avoid these breeds unless they prefer the pungent flavor.

Goat breeds like Nubian, La Mancha, Alpine, & Nigerian are the most popular milking breeds. Nigerians are known for the sweetest tasting milk, so if you are on the lookout for a milking goat and are nervous about the taste of the milk, go Nigerian. You’ll get sweet, fresh-tasting milk every single time.

Did you know that 65% of the world’s population drinks goat’s milk? In the US, more and more people are turning to backyard farming and realizing how easy it is to care for a few goats! We love our milking goats, and we only spend about 20 minutes a day with them. Correction: My kids spend about 20 minutes a day with them. My 11 & 9 year old take full responsibility of the goats, from feeding & watering, to milking twice a day. Want to learn more about how to care for & milk goats? Read my article, A Simple Guide to Raising & Milking Goats

If you’re not ready to buy a goat, toss it in your backyard, and milk it everyday, there are definitely still some options. Your best option for the freshest milk is going to be from a local source. But we would urge you to make sure that the farm is kept clean, the animals are kept in pastures, fed quality feed & the milk is stored cold right after milking. As long as the milk is cared for properly, you’ll have fresh goat’s milk every time!

Does goat’s milk taste goaty?


Lynne Clark July 15, 2015 at 8:48 am
I raised my son on goat milk when he developed an allergy to cow milk [about 34 years ago]. I bought it fresh frozen at a local farm. The milk was the most wonderful stuff I had ever had!! And it is easier for humans to digest,. The people I gave it to [before telling them it was goat] didn’t taste anything wrong with it either. There was NO smell associated with it. I’d still be using it if I could get to the farm.

Jo October 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm
People generally have their first experience with goat milk from a carton….and cartoned goatmilk is actually horrible…no ifs buts or maybes! The other reason is a lot of people who get a goat, aren’t old housecow/housegoat people, and don’t know the basic rule of milking in the morning after a night of resting chewing cud, as legumes esp clover and Lucerne, make fresh milk taste horrible. Do a morning and afternoon milk and taste the difference. The afternoon milk will taste like whatever is eaten throughout the day. And, unlike cows milk, goats milk does taste its best on day one and two, and by day 3, I prefer to use it for cooking only, as it does tend to taste a bit goaty.

Kris September 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm
I used to raise good quality Alpines years ago. There was only one doe whose milk had a slightly different flavor to it – but it didn’t taste bad. Years later, just out of curiosity, I tried a can of goat milk from the store. It was the most AWFUL stuff I have ever tasted. No wonder people have a bad impression of goat milk. The can promptly got poured down the drain. I can’t believe they sell that stuff and get away with it. How it gets that “taste” I have no idea, but I know that it is NOTHING like fresh goat milk.

Lorri September 13, 2014 at 6:23 am
We had our first experience with “goaty” milk a couple weeks ago. I made rice pudding for breakfast. I took a couple of bites and couldn’t get that taste out of my mouth! If I had never had boy goats I would not have recognized it. (My 2 pygmy bucks/billies were in the same pen as my doe). That day my sons moved their own to the other side of the property. Her milk is back to being glorious! Boy, do them boys smell strong now! Lol. So my lady is susceptible to a male in rut! 😉

Patti August 27, 2014 at 7:08 am
I got started drinking goat’s milk about 6 months ago (health reasons) and I have to say I think it is even better than cow milk…especially if the cow is a Holstein! 😉 I get my milk from a local farmer who is very reputable and clean. I’ve since purchased a cream separator and now make my own butter, as well as cheese all…from goat milk! I want very badly to invest in a couple of my own, but worry at present, with working full time, that I couldn’t give them my full attention. So until that day comes, I’ll keep just buying it.


Kelsey August 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm
Chelsea, I’m super sensitive to the goaty taste, but I can tell you that definitely not all goats milk tastes goaty. We got fresh goat milk from a local farm for a couple of years (until we moved away) and most of the time it was delicious and not at all goaty, but every once in a while we’d get a batch that tasted a bit off. Also, try cold goat milk – no matter how fresh it is, I never could use our goat milk in anything heated because to me, warm goat milk ALWAYS tastes gamey.



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