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Alpine Goats

Alpine Goats

What came first?    The soap?    Or the goats?

The goats actually came first in 2005 because we wanted healthy, raw milk for our growing family. The soap didn't come until after Indigo was born in early 2006. We quickly fell in love with our Alpine goats - after all, there is nothing cuter and more playful than a baby goat. Don't believe us? Just watch this video:

We use our goat milk for everything - drinking, cooking, cheesemaking, fudge and caramel making, and (of course!) soapmaking. It takes a lot of milk to meet all the demands and uses we have for it. But our girls are up to the task! We have some super milkers in our herd. Ivy, Persephone, ZuZu, and Payton all go back and forth fighting to be the "top producer". They will each give over 2 gallons a day at their peak. And that's a LOT of milk! During 2013, we were milking 19 goats and during the spring we were getting over 30 gallons a day!

We care for the goats by ourselves. Colter, Emery, and Hewitt handmilk twice a day for about ten months of the year as well as do all the vet work. Greyden is responsible for feeding all of the baby goats. We've decided to bottle feed because it makes friendlier, happier, and healthier goats! Everybody is involved during kidding season - watching for signs of labor, catching newborns, drying off babies, bottle feeding, and making sure they get enough colostrum in their first bottle.

Our goats are a huge part of our lives and our family. Every goat has a name and they answer when they are called (unless they are being stubborn). They each have a personality, and you can definitely tell the goats the children have spoiled. In case you were wondering, we don't eat our goats. While we are not vegetarians, it is not something we do. We can't keep them all (most of our goats have twins and triplets each year), but we do our best to make sure that all of the babies go to good homes for breeding or pets. We've even had them go to camps to be pack goats!

We raise our goats as naturally as possible. They do not eat any GMO Corn or GMO Soybeans and they are not fed any antibiotics or growth hormones, so there is nothing unnatural passed into their milk.

Our small herd is located in Scottsburg, (Southeastern) Indiana about half an hour north of Louisville, Kentucky. We do offer farm tours year round, but March and April are the best time to visit if you want to see baby goats.

 
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