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A Visit to A Goat Dairy Farm


During the holidays, I had the good fortune to meet a lovely lady Kristina, who also had goats. We shared a room at the Löfstad Slott Christmas Market. Kristina, from Hejtorp dairy farm was selling her goat cheese and I my goat milk soap.

We had a lovely time together and quickly became friends and business associates. We decided that we must each make a trip to the others goat farm in the spring. I was the one to make the first visit for a couple of reasons. Kristina was and still is much to busy with her new baby goats being born and I just had to see them. We both have our goats for our businesses and milk is very important. There is a slight difference; Kristina uses her milk immediately to make her cheese and I freeze mine to make my soap. There needs to be a constant flow of milk at a cheese maker’s dairy but not so at a soap making farm. With two freezers filled with goat milk, I and my does are taking a break from breeding, giving birth and being milked.

We spent a wonderful afternoon amid many new mothers and more baby goats than I have ever seen. With 70 does giving birth to 1, 2 or maybe 3 babies, the count was up to 86 babies! There were many does who had not given birth yet, so that number will rise shortly. I understand that last year the count was up to 123 new baby goats born.

As a goat owner and breeder, it’s always a joy to visit other goat owners. You see how they house their goats, what they feed them, and how they have outdoor time.

There are several differences between our goat farms:

At Hejtorp the does all live communally in an open barn.

At Gullringstorp all our goats live in boxes in our stable.

At Hejtorp, the does can go out and come in as they wish. they can walk right out of their barn home into their pastures.

At Gullringstorp, our goats are led out to their enclosures because of proximity of our stable to the enclosures.

At Hejtorp, there are 4 boys or bucks who live outdoors all year long with an outdoor shelter.

At Gullringstorp, there are 6 boys or bucks who come inside every evening.

At Hejtorp. the goats are an indigenous breed, Swedish Lantras.

At Gullringstorp, our goats are West African miniature dairy goats, Nigerian Dwarf and Pygmy.

I have learned so much from watching how Kristina manages her goats and its always good to find out new ways to do things.

Mothers about to give birth are moved to birthing pens

Mothers about to give birth are moved to birthing pens

Brand new mommies and babies sit warm under heat lamps

Brand new mommies and babies sit warm under heat lamps

This is the open space in which the does at Hejtorp live

This is the open space in which the does at Hejtorp live

All the mothers relax as babies find their places to rest or play

All the mothers relax as babies find their places to rest or play

Some babies stay close to mommy

Some babies stay close to mommy

Other babies prefer the company of other babies

Other babies prefer the company of other babies. I asked how do they get fed? Mommies find their babies in the crowd of tiny goats

This little  one just found mommy

This little one just found her mommy

Sweet babies sleeping together to stay warm

Sweet babies sleeping together to stay warm

Some mothers need a little help keeping their babies fed

Some mothers need a little help keeping their babies fed and Kristina happily steps in to help.

The open barn has open areas at the top to allow for good air ventilation. The cold air may co

The open barn has open areas at the top to allow for good air ventilation. The cold air may come in at the top of the barn, but the mothers and babies are quite cozy and warm at the bottom.

This mommy and baby were reunited at snack time

This mommy and baby were reunited at snack time

What a cutie!

What a cutie!

This mommy had twins that stay close by her

This mommy had twins that stay close by her

What a beauty!

What a beauty!

Time to refill the hay racks

Time to refill the hay racks

A sleepy baby

A sleepy baby

Really nice hay racks. Little hay loss

Really nice hay racks. Little hay loss

Natural light come into the barn through large openings at the top

Natural light come into the barn through large openings at the top

Milking stations for the does

Milking stations for the does

This little baby had made its way to the wrong side and was brought back where she belonged

This little baby had made its way to the wrong side and was brought back where she belonged

Every baby is registered and banded

Every baby is registered and banded

After enjoying the beautiful goats, I visited the farm boutique.

It was great to see between 20-30 varieties of goat cheese available .

Looking around I spotted Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap on display!

 

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Thank you Kristina from Hejtorp Dairy Farm in Doverstorp, Östergotland for a lovely afternoon.

www. hejtorp.se

One response

  1. Great, great, great photos. Thank you so much for sharing, The post made my day!

    March 14, 2014 at 01:30

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