On circles

My view from the milk stool this morning is about balance and circles. After milking the goats, doing a phone interview and putting the e-edition of the paper up, I went back out to tackle the cover crop growing around the garden

Cheese

My view from the milk stool is about cheese – again! I’m knee deep in cheesemaking. I’ve had several people stand me up on milk this week. Not sure what’s up, but these days, I don’t really care. It just goes in

Protests

My view from the milk stool today is about protests. Goats sometimes protest. In fact, I expect they’re protesting now because I shut them all down in the pasture so that the barn can have a chance to dry and air out.

Fighting wars

My view from the milk stool is much delayed. Yesterday was a tough day. It felt like I was working on the paper for 24 hours. It was a long, long day. Wally and I were out in the goat barn, me

Spewing hate

My view from the milk stand is about spewing hate. Keep in mind, the definition of “spewing” is to “expel large quantities of (something) rapidly and forcibly.” Facebook and other social media platforms make it easy to spew. I feel sure if

Supply and demand

My view from the milk stool is on supply and demand. People are fickle. It’d be nice if it all worked out that everything a farmer produced would have a buyer. Some are lucky and are blessed with that. Many are not.

Recordkeeping

My view from the milk stool today is about management. I watch my goats like a hawk and am constantly berating myself for not doing enough, not keeping adequate records, etc. I dusted off a scale that I bought ions ago to

Quantity over quality

My view from the milk stool is on quality over quantity. Oberhasli goats are known for their high quality milk, but when compared to the other Swiss breeds, Alpine, Saanen and even Toggenburgs, they give less milk. But, they give higher butterfat