The Dairy Goat Journey- Business Startup

3 Mar

We started with dairy goats about 5 years ago when my daughter decided to show a mini dairy goat in the county fair as a Cloverbud 4-H member. We bought a couple of mini lamancha from our friends Velma and Kate at Champ Peak here in our hometown. Velma and her daughter Kate have been awesome dairy goat mentors to us and many other 4-H families. There isn’t much cuter than letting your children be raised by goats.

goat 1 goat2 goat3 goat4Our first pets goats were bottle raised and spoiled! They rode in the backseat of my pickup and got paraded in costumes at the fair. There isn’t much better than watching your tissue paper flower daughter get eaten by a goat dressed as a bumble bee…..

Over the years our operation grew and changed after our initial doe (Cookie) had an unfortunate accident on her way home from getting bred and was killed.

We bought a couple of bred Nigerian dwarf does from a farm in Edgewood, NM and raised our first babies last year. It was also our first year to milk and show does in milk at the county fair.

nigie1 nigie2

nigie3Nigerian Dwarf babies are quite possibly the most adorable critters known to man. These babies are tiny. I was very afraid that a hawk might scoop them up since they are smaller than a jackrabbit. We started our journey milking (which everyone told us would be no fun at all).

Guess what? We liked it. There’s something peaceful and soothing about the satisfying sound of the milk hitting the bucket and the gentle swishing sound as it leaves the udder. The goats are calm and affectionate and before you know it you’ve goat a pail of fresh milk. Even Ronan doesn’t mind milking.

udder

We started experimenting with soap and cheese and found it to be quite delightful. Our friends and family couldn’t get enough of it. The process is wholesome and satisfying. I posted pictures on Facebook and before I knew it people were asking to purchase. We sold a lot of soap but didn’t delve into cheese yet. Everyone says that is impossible.

cheese cheese2 soapIf you really want to get to see me get to work on something just tell me I won’t be able to do it. I spent the weekend going through all of the regulatory documents (which were written for large concentrated animal operations NOT 20 hand milked goats) and while I’m overwhelmed I’m more optimistic than ever. I sent out a lot of emails today and heard back from the NM Dairy Specialist with the cooperative extension service who pointed me in the right direction with USDA contacts and referred me to his publications on the extension website.

Stay tuned as delve into the regulatory process, setting up facilities, logo and branding, kickstarter campaign, product development and marketing. We’re in for the long haul (to do the impossible) and we hope you’ll ride along with us!

 

 

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2 Responses to “The Dairy Goat Journey- Business Startup”

  1. brenintx March 3, 2015 at 5:34 am #

    as the winner of a bar of soap from a Christmas party game, I have to comment! I love the soap y’all made. I use it on my eczema and it has helped that spot not be so dry. I can’t wait to see what else you come up with!

    • nmcanchaser March 3, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback! 🙂 Goat milk is so amazing! We have so many great new product/business ideas right now, it’s going to be exciting!

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