Spend the weekend with Tanya Bryson, co-owner, cheesemaker and manager of Possum Kingdom Kreamery, on the farm, learning the ins and outs of keeping goats. Tanya was educated at Clemson University in Animal Science and Reproductive Physiology and has spent over 20 years living with goats, the last 7 years with Possum Kingdom Kreamery.
You have the option of attending one or both days.
On Saturday morning, we will spend time covering subjects like management, housing, fencing, feeding, where to acquire your goats and common issues you may face. You will be able to ask specific questions and will be provided a copy of "Goatkeeping 101" by Caprine Supply as well as handouts with additional information to take home. In the afternoon we will teach practical skills like hoof trimming, tattooing, giving injections, assessing body condition as well as talk about how to spot common illnesses.
On Sunday morning, get your questions answered about breeding and what to expect when your doe is expecting. Topics covered will include, when to breed, care of the doe during gestation, preparing for kidding, signs and stages of birth, immediate aftercare of the kids and the doe, what is normal and when to call your veterinarian. We will also cover dairy goat specific topics like milking, milk handling and what to do with all that milk. For fun in afternoon, Tanya will demo making mozzarella cheese and everyone will get to take home recipes and a ball of homemade mozzarella.
Since this class will be held during the thick of our kidding season there will be young kids on hand and the possibilty of witnessing a live birth. Obviously we cannot guarantee that, but keep your fingers crossed!