Mountain Lodge Farm currently has goats, meat sheep, llamas, and livestock guard dogs. We know this is just the beginning, so stay tuned for our evolving farming journey.
One of the things that makes us unique is that we browse our goats and sheep daily on the native shrubs, trees, and forbs on our land. We want our cheese to have the taste of this wonderful place in the foothills of Mt. Rainier. We also think the exercise, sunshine, variety and nutrition is beneficial to our goats. More information about our goats below the picture.
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Our primary focus so far has been diary goats, and the production of gorgeous milk from our happy, healthy herd. We raise two breeds of goat, Nigerian Dwarfs and La Manchas, and a cross between the two that we call Lagerians. We were looking for hardy breeds that are easy kidders, intelligent, good milking parlor manners and just plain enjoyable to be around.
Nigerian Dwarfs, as the name implies, originated in Africa. They are characterized by a tiny stature (does generally stand 22 inches or less at the withers and weigh less that 75 lbs) and milk that is high in fat and protein and sweet to the taste, which is preferred for cheese-making.
La Manchas are easily recognized by their very small or non-existent ears, givings their faces a distinctive look. These gopher or elf ears are less than two inches long. La Manchas are great milkers, producing large quantities of milk high in fat and protein, which makes delicious cheese.
Breeding two such different sized goats came with plenty of challenges. We devised ways around the problem, including digging a hole for the La Mancha doe to stand in, offering the Nigerian buck a ramp to walk up in order to reach his target, and tying up the tail of the doe. Despite these awkward interactions, successful breedings resulted in Ember, Honeysuckle, and Comet, among others. Kids born to Lagerian does can be eared or not, but all are equally charming!
We find all of our goats to be curious, social, and vocal individuals, with their own personalities and quirks. One of the most rewarding parts of farm work is getting to spend time with and know our animals.
Daily goat care routines include feeding.
Grain training to get goats used
to the milk stand.
Plus plenty of browse walks
on the ridge above the barn.