Chocolatte (Choco for short) is one of our favorite LaMancha dairy goats.  Born in 2007, her registered name is JAQ’s Taquila Whitney.  She joined our herd as a 4-H show goat for our daughter.  Choco has a wonderful disposition, and has joined us at many dairy goat shows and county fairs over the years.  She was even invited to a Christmas Eve service at our church, where she joined the pastor at the pulpit while he gave his 30 minute Christmas Eve sermon.  (We attend a suburban church, so she was a bit of a novelty).  Choco did very well, standing quietly and not leaving any surprises at the alter!  As she is one of the “senior” goats in the herd, she takes on a leadership role with many of the younger goats, and also is good at training any new farm dogs. Image We are excitedly anticipating her upcoming due date – we expect to see new kids within the week!  Watch our Facebook page for first pictures of the new arrivals.

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We are experiencing a drought here in Northern California. But this weekend, we are finally  getting some fairly steady rain.  Our pastures may finally begin to turn from brown to green.  I never thought I’d be excited to pull out my rain gear and slog through the mud, but I am!  While I am greatly enjoying the wet weather, the girls aren’t quite so excited – I don’t think they are planning on venturing out from the barn today.Image

We have been busy all summer getting the soap studio up and running – and we’re in production!  Our sweet herd of dairy goats has kept us in a constant supply of fresh goat’s milk that we have used as a key ingredient in making some wonderful soaps and lotions.  We have been building up the inventory to prepare for several craft shows this fall.  And we now have our website up as well – please check us out at http://www.rooranch.net/.  The soap pictured below is one of my favorites – made with goat’s milk, honey from our bees, moisturizing oils and a little oatmeal for exfoliation. 

Milk % Honey Goat's Milk Soap

Kidding season is upon us!  So far we have 21 kids on the ground.  It is such a wonderful thing to watch these young kids jumping, running, climbing.  Now that the does are back in milk, it’s time to make soap!  I made small batch of cold process goat’s milk soap with oatmeal and scented with lilac.  It’s curing now and will be ready in about 6 weeks.  Also made some yummy lemongrass scented goat’s milk lotion – a nice light lotion with a refreshing scent.  I love springtime!