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

How to Make Cheese Curds for Hard Cheese
October 31, 2021 · · Home Dairy

Many dairy goat owners quickly learn how to make cheese curds and turn goat milk into soft cheese, but hard cheeses can be intimidating. Recipes may look daunting because they are longer and more involved, and your equipment needs will increase.

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Using Kefir and Clabbered Milk Cultures in Cheesemaking
August 4, 2021 · · Home Dairy

Kefir and clabbered milk recipes aren’t common, but they are the way people made cheese for thousands of years.

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Flavor Infusions for Goat Milk Cheeses
June 21, 2021 · · Home Dairy

Whether you’re making soft or hard goat milk cheeses, sometimes you want to spice things up a bit with some different flavors, textures, and colors. There are a number of ways to add flavors to cheeses to make them even more festive and delicious.

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Goat Blue Cheeses!
June 21, 2021 · · Home Dairy

I find there is something extra special about pairing the complexity of goat milk’s flavor with the richness of a good blue mold. The two blue cheeses here are among my favorites.

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Valençay Cheese and the Role of Ash in Cheesemaking
April 11, 2021 · · 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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Three Simple Goat Cheeses You May Have Never Heard Of!
March 29, 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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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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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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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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