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

Training on the Goat Milking Stand
May 4, 2022 · · Ownership

Goats don’t come out of the chute knowing how to get up onto a goat milking stand, let alone how to stand still on one while you’re milking those sensitive goat teats!

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Udder Despair: Mastitis in Goats
April 7, 2022 · · Health

Knowing how to diagnose this infection as early as possible, as well as how to treat mastitis in goats, are crucial if you want to maintain the long-term udder and overall health of your doe and to keep your milk production losses to a minimum.

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Easter Basket Cheese
March 21, 2022 · · Home Dairy, Members Only

Easter basket cheese is an Italian tradition that is only found in a few select markets. It’s a smooth, soft cheese that is usually sold right in the basket that it’s made in.

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Bottle Feeding Baby Goats
March 2, 2022 · · Health

There are reasons you might choose bottle-feeding baby goats over dam-raising them. Whatever the reason, you likely have many questions.

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Saving a Weak Baby Goat
March 2, 2022 · · 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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Baby Goat Care: Bottle, Udder, or Both?
March 2, 2022 · · Health

Before spring kids arrive, think about how you want to raise them. Will you bottle raise them, dam raise them, or do a little of both?

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Selecting the Best Dairy Goat Breeds
January 31, 2022 · · Home Dairy

What are the best dairy goat breeds? This depends on what you are looking for. The most prolific milk producers? A breed that does well in small spaces or under certain climate extremes?

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7 Great Ways to Make Aged Goat Cheese!
January 27, 2022 · · 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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When to Intervene During Kidding
January 12, 2022 · · 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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Chocolate, Goat Cheese, and Wine (Oh My!)
December 17, 2021 · · 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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