About the Author

Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson raises dairy goats at www.briargatefarm, runs a cheesemaking school at www.theartofcheese.com and is an active volunteer with the Boulder County 4-H program. She’s also a member of the Colorado Dairy Goat Association.
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Articles by Kate Johnson

Listeria Prevention for The Home Cheesemaker
July 3, 2019 . · Home Dairy

Thinking about listeria prevention might invoke paranoia and fear in many cheesemakers. By following these guidelines, as well as using good common sense, it is possible to avoid many of the possible problems.

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When to Wean a Goat and Tips for Success
June 11, 2019 . · Health

It’s important not only to know when to wean a goat but also to do it in a way that minimizes stress and ensures the ongoing health and production of those hard-working milkers. 

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Food Safety for the Home Cheesemaker
April 24, 2019 . · Goat Notes

Culturing dairy products produces the perfect environment for both beneficial and harmful bacteria to thrive, so hygiene is critical during all steps of production. Practice food safety for listeria prevention and other contamination in all stages from the goat to the affinage.

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Preparing for Kidding
March 14, 2019 . · Health

2 months prior to due date: Dry off doe: Does should have 2 months off from milking before they kid again. 6 weeks prior to due date: Give the doe …

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Pregnant Goat Care
March 14, 2019 . · Health

It’s that time of year when many goat owners focus on pregnant goat care, as they’re either preparing to breed or have already bred their does. Spring kidding is one …

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Life Lessons from the Barnyard: Trailering Adventures
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

When we first started raising dairy goats about ten years ago, we began with Mini Nubians. My thinking was that I loved the long floppy ears of the Nubians but …

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Getting Away
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

When we first moved from our suburban neighborhood to a rural property, one of our concerns was being able to take vacations and get away once we had farm animals. …

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Life Lessons from the Barnyard: Go(a)t Milk?
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

Go(a)t Milk? As fairly new dairy goat owners, many years ago, we learned one thing quickly: Once babies are weaned off their mother’s milk, you accumulate a lot, rather quickly. …

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Life Lessons from the Barnyard: The Sweetest Boy
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

By Kate Johnson In the world of dairy goats, girls rule and boys drool. What I mean by that is, does are the main workers providing babies and milk and …

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Chocolate, Goat Cheese, & Wine (Oh My!)
March 14, 2019 . · Home Dairy

There’s nothing like a little chocolate, goat cheese, and wine to make chilly days more festive and bearable.

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