Meet Bebe

I wrote an essay about milking the gorgeous but sometimes bratty Bebe for EatingWell magazine. You can read it here.

And for the kind people who’ve written me to find out what the heck Bebe looks like, her she blows, pictured here on the first day I brought her home, with me and my friend Marg….

And now here she is, with one of her first kids, Orla, who now lives down the street and has kids of her own….

And here she is this morning, eating her kraut, which she loves.

My plan is to take her up North to get boarded and bred when I go to NYC in April. The Biofuel Oasis won a grant from Eileen Fisher, which supports women-owned businesses so we’ve all been invited to go to New York to meet EF and hang out for a few days. I can’t wait. And Bebe will get to meet up with some handsome buck while I’m off partying–talk about win-win. Look for adorable goat kid photos in September…

10 responses to “Meet Bebe

  1. We just delved into the world of goats and I’m excited to start breeding. We have one that is lactating but she’s nearing the end of that and we don’t have a stand yet (just finished the new barn for them). What do you do with the kids?

  2. We’re heading up to Lake County the weekend of March 27th to get one of our goats bred. Goat carpool?

  3. ghosttownfarm

    hey heidi; thanks for thinking of me. i need to wait until late april! thanks, though.
    rachel: i sell the doelings and we generally harvest the males for meat.

  4. Thanks! We were figuring we’d probably do the same. We’d keep maybe two more doelings max, but they are easier to sell then bucks or whethers and we are looking to getting into raising our own meat (I had contacted you about the rabbit class), so this would work out well. We need to get a bigger freezer though. Do you slaughter the bucklings yourself or do you have them sent out?

  5. ghosttownfarm

    hey rachel; we process them on-farm. the local liquor store owner came over and showed us how to do it. i get pretty attached to the little guys, so i can’t do it myself. mosed is muslim, so it’s done halal and is very respectful. i wrote a post about it a few months ago….

  6. Awesome! Thanks!

  7. Do you dis-bud and wether-ize your goats yourself? Are you planning any goat workshops soon? I’ve got the care taking down, but could use some support around the birth, dealing with babies, and harvesting.

  8. ghosttownfarm

    hi heidi; i’ve helped with disbudding twice now and have my own iron, so i’m going to do it myself this year. a friend and i castrated last year but i doubt i would do that again, unless i was trying to raise wethers (which i’m not). they don’t get appreciably bigger, so i think just harvesting them before 7 weeks is the way to go. i’m teaching goats 101 may 9 at the oasis, but it’ll just be basics, none of the above. i need to spend more time learning before i teach anyone myself.

  9. I’m thinking of just having cotati large animal do the disbudding – one of my girls was poorly disbudded and if i do it myself i’d probably end up doing the same. i think i got a line on someone in petaluma to buy my babies (some Greek guy rang my doorbell because he saw one of my ladies popping her head up over the fence from Mission St. and offered to buy my goats – ha!), but just in case they don’t want males I’d be interested in learning how to process the young males. Let me (us) know if you ever decide to teach a class on that šŸ™‚

  10. Novella, Just recently found your blog and wanted to share a tip. I have been milking Nigerians and Nubians for several years. I often milk for friends when they are out of town. For quite a few goats, strange hands (they may see me come over for coffee and stroll through the barn but we haven’t been that intimate if you know what I mean!) translates into kicking or fussing on the stand. My grandfather told me an excellent trick. I always bring a regular bath towel with me. If a goat is giving trouble I simply place it around her abdomen and tie it snugly on the top of her back. It doesn’t hurt and is easy to adjust for different goat sizes. But whenever she tries to sit in the pail or shift her body to kick, it makes the towel feel tighter and she won’t like it. So she’ll straighten right back up. It really is a wonderful trick and it is a treasure of a technique that is passed down from people who used it when they needed every last drop of milk to feed their family and couldn’t spend extra time or energy fighting the dairy herd to get it. As you’ve experienced, bad milk stand behavior is usually only a problem for first time fresheners or goats that are unfamiliar with the milker. Anyway, thought I’d share this. Perhaps someone somewhere reading your blog will read it in a time of need. Isn’t that what’s so wonderful about Internet connection?!

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