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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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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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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A DIY Homemade Cheese Press Plan
June 16, 2020 · · Home Dairy

This homemade cheese press plan will get you off to a great start when you’re ready to tackle pressed cheeses with your milk.

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Managing CAE and CL in Goats
March 5, 2020 · · Health

CAE and CL in goats just might be on the top of the list of dreaded goat diseases. But if you’re new to goats or you’ve never heard of them, here is some useful information.

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