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Working alongside my pet dairy goats, I use their compassionately-farmed milk to create a variety of all-natural, handmade goat milk soaps that appeal to everybody in the family. My soaps include ingredients such as Shea butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oil. I use natural preservatives, essential oils for scent, and natural colors such as lemon peel powder and olive leaf powder. All of my soaps have a lovely, creamy lather!

Most of my soaps are made in batches of about 12 pounds in my kitchen. Cold-process is my preferred method of making soap but I will occasionally throw together a batch that is hand-milled, too. Because each bar of soap is handmade, there will be slight variations from item to another which makes each bar unique!

When I make a batch of lotion, I try to use milk that I collected that morning so that your product is as fresh as I can make it. My lotions include pure goat milk, Shea butter, avocado oil, liquid aloe, phenonip (preservative), and any essential oils that are added for scent.

I can ship products within the United States and internationally.

I am always happy to discuss wholesale and custom orders with you! Together, we can design an exclusive soap or lotion just for you, your business, or your special occasion. I can make soaps or lotions with ingredients of your choice (some exceptions apply), custom wedding and shower favors, hostess gifts, guest-sized bars, mini-soaps, and samplers. Tell me what your needs are and we’ll work together to make it happen!

While learning about goat farming, I encountered many “standard” practices that I felt were not acceptable. I heard from several dairy goat farmers that these methods were necessary in order to have a sustainable farm. I also felt that this statement was not acceptable. I know that compassionate farming is the best way to farm. It is better for us, better for the goats, and can certainly be profitable and sustainable. We do not need to treat our goats poorly in order to keep our farms running.

One of these unacceptable farming methods is the practice of taking baby goats away from their mothers right after birth. The farmers will milk the mother goats and bottle-feed the babies, keeping the mothers and kids separate so that the kids can’t nurse from their mothers. This gives the farmer complete control over how much milk the kids get and how much milk the farmer gets.

Goats are excellent mothers and they love to nurture and care for their babies. Baby goats need to learn how to be goats and how to live in a goat herd, which is a matriarchal society. Kids that are bottle-raised are not always able to live in a goat herd as adults because they never learned how to interact with other adult goats. The practice of taking away the kids is cruel to both the mother goats and their babies. Those mothers will cry for their babies for days before resigning themselves to living without their kids.

I choose to allow my goats to raise their kids whenever possible. The mothers and kids are allowed to bond and love each other. The kids are allowed to drink as much milk as they need. When I milk the goats, I only take the milk that is leftover. Dairy goats have been bred for generations to produce far more milk than their kids need. There is plenty of milk for me even with the kids drinking all that they need. I only bottle-raise baby goats when necessary for their health or the health of their mother. Even when bottle-raised, I still try to keep the kids with their mother. I will visit several times a day to feed them, but they are still allowed to be with the mother. The only time they are raised away from their mother is when it is absolutely necessary for either the kids or the mother goat.

Another traditional method of running a dairy goat farm is breeding the female goats every year. On farms where the goats are bred every year, they are either pregnant or lactating all but a month or two of each year. Some farms keep milking them even after they have been bred for a month or two. That means that those goats are either pregnant or lactating or both for about 10 years straight. The farmers I spoke to said that goats are able to be bred every year, so there was no reason not to do that. My thought is that human beings are capable of breeding every year but I don’t have any friends who would want to be pregnant once a year for 10 years. I choose to breed every other year as a general rule. This way, my female goats are pregnant for five months, milk for less than a year, and then have several months off to enjoy just being a goat before they breeds again. Once they retire from breeding, they stay here to enjoy the rest of their healthy, happy days.

In addition to being more loving toward my goats, my compassionate farming methods also reduce stress on both the mother goats and the kids. This leads to happier, healthier goats who produce healthier, more nutritious milk. This improved quality of the milk also improves the quality of the products made with that milk.

While providing my customers with exceptional goat milk soap and lotion, I am spreading knowledge about compassionate farming techniques. The health and wellness of my goats are held as more important than producing larger quantities of milk. By allowing goat kids to be raised by their mothers, I am providing both mother and baby goats with a better quality of life. I also educate my customers on the importance of good nutrition, environmental enrichment, and loving care for pets as well as farm animals. For too long, farm animals have been considered and treated like property. If a farm animal wasn’t “earning its keep,” it was sold or slaughtered. Goat farmers have manipulated natural processes by not allowing does to raise their kids, given medications to the does to increase milk production despite the fact that this physically burdened those mother goats, and bred each goat every year until she died. In my opinion, these practices are wrong. In my experience, they are unnecessary. By educating my customers and sharing my knowledge. I hope to improve the quality of life for all farm animals.

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