Notes from the Farm: Frida, Elton, & Opal

  Kicking off our very first weekly blogpost series, we wanted to write about something fun. And honestly, what’s more fun than an armful of baby goat?

Couldn’t think of anything, could you?

All Images © Ashlee Culverhouse Photo 2012

We’ve gained several new members here at Cleveland Organics and they get quite the attention from everyone who sees them. Frida and Elton are six week old ‘Mini Nubians’ from the boonies of South Carolina. Adopted by Emma and Matt in January, they’ve already almost doubled in size and are bottle fed twice daily, once in the morning and once more before bedtime. Frida and Elton weigh in at about 12 pounds right now and stay busy running around the yard, chasing the chickens, climbing on anything that’s climbable, trying to run into the house each time the door is opened, and bouncing onto people’s backs (their favorite place to sit).

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From left, Frida stands on top of the chicken coop while her brother, Elton, snuggles and watches from the porch.

Their little pal, Opal, is a five-month old Nigerian Dwarf and is the lightest color of the three. She’s also by far the calmest (and heaviest, at about 20 pounds).

All Images © Ashlee Culverhouse Photo 2012

Mini Nubians (Frida & Elton) are known for their sweet demeanor, their good tasting milk, and their distinctive droopy ears. Fully grown, the females can weigh up to 100 pounds, while males sometimes reach up to 130 pounds. Mini Nubian Goats can produce on average up to 2 quarts of milk daily. Matt and Emma plan to use the milk from both Opal and Frida, but will have to wait at least a year before they can take advantage of it. You can drink the milk, of course, but there’s also plenty of other things you can make from goat’s milk: yogurt, ice cream, cheese, soap, and lotion, just to name a few. Aaaand,  you can use Mini Nubians for meat, but these little babies are strictly for milk!

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As you can see, the goats will chew and climb on anything. The chewing can be beneficial, as goats are great helpers when it comes to keeping the weeds and grass at bay.

All Images © Ashlee Culverhouse Photo 2012

As I mentioned, Opal is an entirely different breed from the other two. Nigerian Dwarfs are small in size and easy to take care of, making them popular pets. They are classified as a dairy goat breed and because their milk has a high butterfat content, it is ideal for cheese making.

And if all this talk about cheese has made you hungry, HERE is a link to an abundance of recipes that incorporate goat cheese.

All Images © Ashlee Culverhouse Photo 2012

Frida is smiling because she’s excited about our very first giveaway TOMORROW. Stay tuned to our Facebook Page for a chance to win!

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