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 and author of the book, Tiny Goat Big Cheese.
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Articles by Kate Johnson

When to Wean a Goat and Tips for Success
March 8, 2021 · · 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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The Truth About Coats for Goats!
February 9, 2021 · · Health

Those goat sweaters are cute, but do you really need them to keep goats warm in cold weather?

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Three Simple Goat Cheeses You May Have Never Heard Of!
February 4, 2021 · · Home Dairy

These three cheeses are quick and easy, yet many home cheesemakers and goat owners have never heard of them! The first two are traditionally made with goat milk, while the third is usually a cow milk cheese but is easily adapted to goat milk.

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Saving a Weak Baby Goat
February 2, 2021 · · Health

While most kids will arrive perfectly healthy and will need little assistance from you, knowing what to watch for and how to intervene quickly may enable you to save a weak baby goat.

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How Goat Milk Benefits Skin
December 25, 2020 · · Home Dairy

As the days get shorter and the does’ hormonal changes make the milk less reliable for cheesemaking, that frozen milk is perfect for making make soaps, lotions, and other goat milk skin products for the holidays.

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Valençay Cheese and the Role of Ash in Cheesemaking
November 30, 2020 · · Home Dairy

Valençay is a distinctive, pyramid-shaped French “bloomy rind” goat cheese that is sprinkled with an exterior layer of ash which helps to firm up the rind and aids in ripening.

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When to Intervene During Kidding
November 23, 2020 · · Health

It is often said that most goats deliver their kids with no need for assistance, and while that may be true, I find there are many times when some assistance might make the kids’ entry into the world a little easier for both the dam and the kids.

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Pregnant Goat Care
November 1, 2020 · · Health, Kids' Corner

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 of my favorite times of the year on the farm and there is much to do to prepare yourself and your doe for the new arrivals.

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Simple Goat Cheese Appetizers and Dessert
August 5, 2020 · · Home Dairy

It’s that time of the year when most likely all your goat kids are weaned and you have all that luscious goat milk to yourself. And boy can it add up quickly. So here are a few fun recipes for you to try and some delicious appetizers and a dessert to put them in.

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Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL)
July 29, 2020 · · Goat Notes

Caseous lymphadenitis is a chronic, contagious bacterial infection characterized by abscesses near the lymph nodes, usually on the neck or near the udder. Commonly found in goats and sheep, and sporadically in horses, cattle, camelids, swine, fowl, and even people. Two forms of the disease include the external (skin) form and the internal (organ) form.

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