Friday, December 6, 2019

We have a website for our nigerian dwarf dairy goat herd

I have been raising nigerian dwarf dairy goats since 2013. This is one of my passions.  I am a member of the American Dairy Goat Association as well.  It's amazing to me just how many changes I have witnessed in this industry in such a short period of time.  We show, milk test, and appraise our herd.  We test annually for all the major caprine diseases. We recently started a website just for our goat herd.  It's slowly being populated with members of the herd, our breeding schedule, news and updates.  If you're interested in learning more about these special little goats check out our site here.

Sunday, February 3, 2019


Kidding season is just around the corner at Tres Rios Ranch and I am eager to see the next generation of nigerian dwarf dairy goats born to our herd.  This year we are freshening more of our own homebred does than ever before. Hooray!

It's an opportunity to see how much I have actually learned about dairy goat conformation during all the lectures, classes, shows, linear appraisal sessions, and my own experience milking my does for the last several years.

Stay tuned.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Kidding Season...

Well, another successful kidding season is almost complete.  We currently have ten kids from four does, and are waiting on sweet little Mocha to kid and that will be the last kids for our farm this year.

I brought in one adorable doe kid from the fabulous Alethia Homestead herd this season.  I have had a reservation for an Algedi Farm D Capella kid for a few years and had expected it would not happen since Capella is up in years, but she blessed me with my precious Cassiopea (The Queen) and I could not be more happy.

I have to get out there to tattoo and get kids ready to go to their new homes soon.  I have just one doe left for sale, a few nice bucklings, and two boys that will be wethered shortly.

Addy is as usual, my milk queen. She had been milking over four pounds a day until temperatures climbed above 105 degrees this week. 

I noticed that her udder was not full this morning and saw her allow one of Goldie's kids to suckle from her teat.  That was a BIG surprise as Addy has never before been caught allowing any other doe's kids get near her udder in four years. Just goes to show that people and animals can change.  

We had our herd linear appraisal on June 15th and my entire herd of adults got the best scores that we've ever had I think.  I learn so much from these evaluations and comparisons among my own herd members.  These scores will form the basis of my next breeding decisions.

We are in another historic heatwave right now.  It was 109' yesterday.  Likely to be the same today.  I better head out and check on water buckets again and offer some more orchard grass to keep the herd moving and drinking in this hot, humid weather.

I hope you have a great week,


Friday, December 16, 2016

Hello World. I am still here...

It's been a LONG time since I have found the time to post here, and our farm has experienced SO much since the last post.  While I cannot promise to have lots of time to check in these days as farm living keeps me very busy, but here is an update to span the gap.

We have two dexter heifers, MayDay and Buttercup.  We have raised them since We are planning to have one of them slaughtered and prepared within the next 60 days. This will be our first farm raised grass fed beef from our own farm.  I am really looking forward to this.

This year saw continued growth in our small nigerian dwarf dairy goat herd.   We brought home this sweet little gal we call Lacy.  While she is just a baby now, we expect good things from her in the future.  

Our Avalon gave birth to twins, a buck and doe.  This is her beautiful little girl Candy.  She has everyone wrapped around her toes.

The dam of our senior doe Joyful Hearts CB Adelaide (Addy) tied for fifth place nationally on one day milk test in spring.  Our Addy who already earned her dairy star the last time she was on milk test, is currently milking about 4 pounds a day six months after kidding with three fantastic bucks.

We have been plagued by large predators in our neighborhood and made the decision to invest in a few livestock guardian dogs to help encourage the mountain lions and bears to make a wide berth around our property.  This is Ranger, our puppy.  He is less than a year old, and is supervised at all times when with goats.  He is becoming a valued member of our team.

We have lost about 2/3 of our flock of chickens in the last year or so.  Most times, it's our punishing summer heat that takes the girls. We still have our rooster Queenie and about 5 hens.  In March 2017 they will all be five years old already. Wow!  Time flies.

On the homefront, we have been blessed with two beautiful grandkids. Grandma is looking forward to teaching them both about farming and animals.

Wishing you a year of great happiness and success in the new year.



Friday, May 15, 2015

My BEST Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

My Hubby's batch.  He likes them well done.
Om, nom, nom...
Through trial and error I have finally come up with a gluten free chocolate chip cookie that rises nice and high like a wheat flour cookie and has a perfect texture inside too.  

Here's my recipe... I hope you give it a whirl!

Begin by placing the following ingredients in your mixing bowl and blend til smooth-

3/4 cup (1 & 1/2 sticks) softened butter 
1/2 cup granulated sugar (for my batch I use organic sugar instead 1 for 1)
1 cup packed brown sugar

Next, add in the following and mix well (I use a Kitchenaid, but my Mom used to use girl power *her three daughters and a wooden spoon)-

2 large fresh eggs (room temperature)
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract (mine was made just for me by my BFF Michelle)

In a separate mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients as follows...

2 cups gluten free flour* 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

*(I make my own gluten free flour by mixing  2/3 c. almond flour, 2/3 c. coconut flour, 2/3 c. oat flour, and 2 teaspoons of xanthan gum powder to "bind it together" like gluten does wheat flour.)

Carefully add in the dry ingredients stirring slowly until well blended and then spoon in the chocolate chips.  We use 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips in this house

Here's a few tips that will help make YOUR cookies tall and fluffy like the ones above. 

REFRIGERATE the dough for atleast one hour.  If you own an insulated cookie sheet, use it and LINE it with parchment paper. 

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees before baking.

I make my cookies by scooping the dough up into a small ice cream scooper.  Then, I take a spoon dipped in sugar to "squish" the balls a bit before placing them into the oven.  You can of course make smaller cookies and they'll be just as good.  

This recipe makes about 24 of these cowboy size cookies.  It would probably make 36 regular sized cookies. 

GLUTEN FREE flours generally brown faster than traditional wheat flour so check on your cookies often until you have figured out how long it will take to bake these cookies to perfection in your oven.  In my old fashioned Wedgewood propane oven it takes about 10 minutes to bake them, but ovens vary, and newer more efficient ovens may make quicker or slower work of these cookies, especially if you make them smaller than I do.  Check often the first few sheets until you figure it out.

That's all there is to it.  Please let me know how you like them.