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The Building of Jumping the Moon Dairy

Discussion in 'Everything Else Goats' started by babsbag, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. Apr 21, 2015
    babsbag

    babsbag Herd Master

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    About 7 years ago I bought 3 goats, one of them is named Moonpie and this is all her fault. I knew nothing about goats, I was actually a little intimidated by them, and the rest they say is history. I now own over 40 goats counting kids. :)

    I decided that I needed my ladies to support themselves and I needed a reason to own more goats so a dairy is the making. :) I live in probably the most regulated state in the USA and we are in the middle of a severe drought and I am building a Grade A dairy. Am I nuts ??? Let me hear a resounding "YES". I will be bottling fluid milk and making fresh cheese. I will add yogurt, keifer, ice cream, and feta as the time and the market allows. Hope to be getting the first inspection this summer. I will milking 20-30 goats max with the ultimate goal of 20 gallons of milk a day. I have primarily Alpine goats and a few LMs and one Togg. I have more does than I need that is for sure. Ever since I have started this planning the Lord has blessed me with doelings.

    I have purchased a 30' trailer and all the equipment that was a Grade A facility for pasteurizing and bottling milk. We are converting the office in the trailer to a place to make cheese and enclosing the porch on the trailer and making it a wash room for equipment.

    On another trailer we are building the milking parlor and the milk house. I will be milking 4-6 goats at time and then transporting milk to the bulk tank in the milk house where it will begin chilling. At the end of milking the milk will either continue to be chilled to the required 40° and then held in the tank until being pumped to the pasteurizer or it will so straight to the pasteurizer and then chilled and bottled. I am also using the pasteurizer as the cheese vat for the chevre so I will have some coordination of milking and equipment to figure out.

    I am building on trailers so I can sell when I retire, I am already retired from a "real" job, and also no building permits required. Our county does not inspect dairies, the state does, so by building these portable it leaves the county out of the picture and it allows me an out when the time comes without having to sell our home.

    I know there are a lot of nay sayers out there that say this can't be done and that I won't make any money with 20 gallons of milk a day. That's ok, they can continue to think that if they want; I just don't invite people into my garden that trample on my flowers, but I can't control what they think or say. I don't need to get rich and I don't need the goats to support a family; they only need to pay for their feed and upkeep and to let me enjoy a new chapter in my life. As far as saying it can't be done...a little late for that...I am well past the planning stages and I have no doubt that this will be done.

    I will be posting pictures as we build. Here's to a new adventure in my life.
     
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  2. Apr 21, 2015
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother True BYH Addict

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    This will be an incredible journey for you! I'm so glad you are willing to share it with us. I'm sure there will be plenty of people, including me, following your every move.

    Much good luck to you and can't wait to read the next chapter in your book!
     
  3. Apr 21, 2015
    OneFineAcre

    OneFineAcre Herd Master

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    I think you'll do great
    You obviously have the passion :)
     
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  4. Apr 21, 2015
    norseofcourse

    norseofcourse True BYH Addict Golden Herd Member

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    I think it's a huge undertaking, a ton of work, and very exciting!! I have been reading about your dairy plans, and will continue to follow along. I'm never going to be that serious about milking, but I think it's all very interesting.
     
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  5. Apr 21, 2015
    babsbag

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    @norseofcourse never say never :)

    A few years ago I sold a doe to someone and we started talking milk. He said he had a licensed milking barn and was taking his milk to a commercial kitchen, making cheese, and selling it at Farmer's markets. He said that getting licensed was no big deal. Well I found out that you CANNOT legally make cheese in a commercial kitchen, you have to have a dairy foods processing facility but that started the wheels turning. I was only going to make cheese originally and not be Grade A but when I stumbled upon this trailer and equipment that changed. There are not a lot of differences between the two licenses so why no go for the gold.

    I belong to dairy goat association but only a handful of trusted friends know what I am doing. I just didn't want the constant "you will never succeed" to be a part of my life; there is enough negativity in the world already. I don't show my goats, I don't have pedigrees that are known, and I haven't paid over 300.00 for any of my goats. I am really the oddity in my group so this will come as a big surprise when I finally tell everyone. I have talked to the dairy inspectors, had them out to my house, have the county planning dept. giving me their blessings, and applied and received a microloan from the USDA. Everything pointed to yes, you really CAN do this, there have been no roadblocks at all.

    Is is scarey, a little. I am not mortgaging my home or my soul so succeed or fail I don't have a lot on the line so we decided to do this. My only wish is that I was 15 years younger :)
     
  6. Apr 21, 2015
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    Way to go Babs! With an attitude like that, failure is NOT an option! Go for the gold! :weee:woot
    :celebrate:celebrate:celebrate:celebrate <---cheering section
     
  7. Apr 21, 2015
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    Southern by choice

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    I just want you to remember me Babs, yes, ME .... remember I was the first one who said you could do it when you mentioned it here a long time ago! I pm'd you! :plbb

    Don't forget the little people! :lol:

    I am your #1 Cheerleader :D =D
    (i'll be sitting in my chair waving my banner):woot

    For those that haven't had the pleasure of knowing Babs... she is awesome and she can so do this. It really is a blessing to not just know her but to take part by prayer and encouragement!

    I am so excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    :weee :weee :weee :weee
     
  9. Apr 21, 2015
    Goat Whisperer

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    After all that I don't think she will ever forget you :rolleyes::plbb:lol:
     
  10. Apr 21, 2015
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    You can do this @babsbag!! I'll be praying for you as you start out on this new adventure! I think it's a wonderful idea!! Congratulations and best wishes to you!!!!
     
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