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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.


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.


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

Instructions

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!


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.


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)