Category Archives: Goats

Stop Press: United Kingdom Great Taste Awards 2010

 Of all the UK’s food award schemes, the GREAT TASTE AWARDS is considered by far the most important. Completely independent and uncompromisingly rigorous, it is trusted by retailers, buyers and consumers alike. GREAT TASTE is to speciality food and drink … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Anything Goes, Business, Dairy, Diary, Farming, Food, Gelato, Goats, Ice Cream, July 2010, Life, Smallholding | 10 Comments

Pastures New

These are words I hoped I would not write: not for many, many years at least.  Our lovely little Lady Diddie, is no longer with us. After having survived her night in the Veterinary Hospital with negligible but at least some improvement she … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Diary, Family, Farming, Goats, July 2010, Life, Livestock, MindBodySpirit, Smallholding | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Caring Intensively

Bad news: & it’s regarding the extraordinary little goat we wrote about in the recent post “All Caprines Great & Small“. We’ve suffered a fast-&-furious outbreak of the deadly Coccidiosis, here; & tragically our lovely little Diddie has been one of … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Anything Goes, Diary, Farming, Goats, July 2010, Life, Livestock, Sheep, Smallholding | 1 Comment

Getting It Wrong

  One of the things about running a food & farming business, is that you get plenty of checks & balances imposed upon you; including regular no-notice inspections from various organisations.  So it was no surprise when a silver Freelander … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Business, Culture, Diary, Farming, Goats, June 2010, Life, Livestock, Music | 4 Comments

All Caprines Great and Small

 Many people express surprise that in spite of the fact that we have so many goats here, the majority of which are British Toggenburgs and are similar in appearance – being chocolate-coloured with white points – that we know each and … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Diary, Farming, Goats, Life, Livestock, May 2010, Smallholding | 10 Comments

Shepherd’s Warning

As dawn broke this morning it revealed a very different sunrise to that of the previous day.  Before I’d even hauled my sleepy self from under the duvet & pile of snoozing cats I could tell that this day would be different; … Continue reading

Posted in Diary, Goats, January 2010, Life, Livestock, Nature, Smallholding | 3 Comments

Resolution

With the rising of the sun dawns a feeling of fresh hope.  The cold, clear morning light revealed a sharp air frost had decorated the trees in the valley with a delicate cloak of pearlescent white, giving the slender limbs … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Diary, Farming, Goats, January 2010, Life, Livestock, Locality, Nature, Sheep, Smallholding | 2 Comments

Bobkitten

  We’ve recently taken to hiring a Bobcat to clean out the Dairy Complex pens.  Prior to that, it was taking an average of five days – working almost constantly- to clean out the deep-littered beds every six weeks; which when … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Diary, Farming, Goats, Life, Livestock, September 2009, Smallholding | 4 Comments

Ben Hur-Hur-Hur

Someone ‘upstairs’ is having a laugh – at our expense. First & foremost for us as farmers, the weather: we STILL haven’t even come close to harvesting our desperately-needed hay crop (well not quite so desperate any more since we started … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Dairy, Diary, Environment, Farming, Goats, Ice Cream, Life, Livestock, Nature, September 2009, Smallholding | 3 Comments

Swings & Roundabouts

My goodness, how time flies…. already halfway through May!  It’s been typically busy: punctuated with crafting gelato, Farmers’ Markets, & deliveries etc; not to mention the usual farm work.  The girls have largely settled down to the routine in the … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Diary, Farming, Goats, Humour, Life, Livestock, May 2009, Nature, Smallholding | Leave a comment