There’s an occurring theme at Axe Edge Green Farm… 3 of our 4 dogs are rescue dogs, 3 of our 4 cats are rescue cats. Mr Pickles, the Shetland pony was mistreated at some point in his life and when we took delivery of our 4 beautiful goats the first thing Agnieszka said was “They aren’t as tame as we were originally told”. As soon as they arrived they leapt out of the trailer and through the temporary electric cattle fence straight into the fields.
We named our goats Annabelle & her kid Brownie and Dotty & her kid Bella. At first, the parent goats couldn’t walk well as their hooves had overgrown so Agnieszka had to quickly become a professional goat hoof trimmer. After a couple of months they began to walk much better.
The typical Anglo-Nubian goat is large in size and markings can be any colour. Their ears are long and pendulous and they are described as having a “Roman” nose. Our goats are very vocal, especially at meal times!
In the evenings we can both be seen climbing into the “goat ark” to milk Dotty and Annabelle and our milk is as fresh as it gets! Goat milk is naturally homogenised (i.e. more consistent) so, unlike cow milk, it doesn’t have to undergo an artificial process to stop the milk separating into cream. Goat milk has smaller fat molecules and contains less lactose so it is easier to digest. It is also stronger than cow milk so it may take time getting used to the taste. Personally, we don’t notice the difference and get on very well with raw goat milk.