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Finishing Jack No Press

Finishing Jack No Press

     These are the final phases of monterey jack cheese using your own improvised pressing method (no pre-made cheese press).  If you want to make your own jack cheese and are missing the first steps, you can find them here. Line your colander with cheesecloth (butter muslin, etc).  Place it over the sink or …

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Jack Cheese

Jack Cheese

   This creamy mild cheese is a good starting point for trying out your cheese press – but also, you can make it without a cheese press!  I’ll show both versions. There’s a great quick turn-around on this cheese too – ready in 1 to 4 months. 2 gallons (give or take a bit) whole …

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Milk Handling

Milk Handling

It All Starts with the Milk So you’ve got the beautiful, healthy goats and they are giving you all this wonderful milk. Yay! Having learned from trial and error, research and application, I want to share how I  ensure that my primary cheese ingredient stays clean and fresh-tasting. Which leads directly to one of my …

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DHI – Milk Testing

DHI – Milk Testing

Getting Started in DHI/ Milk Testing Guinevere McIntyre, from original posting on the IDGA website Here’s a good old cliche that is certainly true for the Dairy Herd Improvement (or DHI, DHIR, DHIA) program:  It is easier than you think! Why would one be interested in the program in the first place?  You get tangible …

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Polio

Polio

Judi Nayeri Ma’s Acres Dairy Goats Bondurant, IA Originally appeared in the IDGA newsletter, reprinted here with kind permission of Judi Nayeri. Foreword:  Judi Nayeri raises a lovely herd of Alpine and Nubian dairy goats in central Iowa, and is also a doctor for humans.  We experienced our first case of goat polio in the …

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Coccidiosis

Coccidiosis

Causes, Prevention, Treatment, & More Sue Reith Carmelita Toggs Bainbridge, WA Followed by Reality Check!  By Bill Braun, DVM printed here with kind permission of Sue Reith What is the best preventative measure for coccidiosis……and if that doesn’t work what is the best treatment? Very clean kidding pens and housing facilities for the new babies …

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Enterotoxemia: How it Gets Started

Enterotoxemia: How it Gets Started

A Seasonal Reminder Sue Reith Carmelita Toggs Bainbridge, WA printed here with kind permission of Sue Reith Spring is a dangerous time of the year for enterotoxemia because so many animals are let out on the new, lush spring grass and bloat is common under such circumstances.  The problem is, bloat is often just the …

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Deworming

Deworming

WORMING: A Simple Approach to Success Sue Reith Carmelita Toggs Bainbridge, WA printed here with kind permission of Sue Reith Jasper Farm –  We have actually experienced a resistance on our farm to Ivomec, and in most recent years have had good success with Valbazen.  We have not experienced a problem with liver fluke.  What’s …

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Drawing Blood

Drawing Blood

We do our own blood draws for our annual herd health testing.  It’s definitely a 2-person job, and as I tend to be a fainter (ugh), I hold the goat and my husband does the actual draw.  When we were first researching how to do this ourselves, we found a video showing a little girl …

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Measuring Tape Conversion Chart

Measuring Tape Conversion Chart

The measurement should be taken at the heart girth.  This is just behind front legs up to withers, but not including the shoulder blades. It should be snug, but not overly tight. These are reasonable estimates of the weight of standard dairy goats (not for pygmies or nigerian dwarves).  If done properly, in research these …

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