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

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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How Goat Milk Benefits Skin
November 3, 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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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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Caprine Arthritis and Encephalitis (CAE)
July 29, 2020 · · Goat Notes

Caprine arthritis and encephalitis is a viral infection often manifested as arthritis in adult goats and, less
commonly, as progressive inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) in kids. Most often found in dairy goat breeds and sometimes in sheep.

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7 Easy Recipes for Making Goat Cheese
July 24, 2020 · · Home Dairy

Getting started making goat cheese? Try these recipes first!

If you’ve never made cheese, start with the quick & easy cheeses that need minimal equipment and ingredients and are ready to eat fairly quickly.

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Is Cheese Healthy?
July 23, 2020 · · Home Dairy

If you have dairy goats and you want to make cheese with your excess milk, you may be asking yourself, “Is cheese healthy?” Or more specifically, “Is goat cheese healthy?”

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7 Great Ways to Make Aged Goat Cheese!
July 11, 2020 · · Home Dairy

Many hobby goat owners end up making goat cheese at some point, but fewer venture into aged goat cheese. This might be because aged cheese takes more time, uses more equipment (check out our homemade cheese press plan), and may involve a few more ingredients.

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