Posts Tagged ‘kidding’
Rennet Harvesting and Goat Kid Butchering Workshop
Every year, dairy farmers are faced with what to do with the male offspring of their cows, sheep, and goats. Come learn one creative way to use this resource and preserve one of the vital cheesemaking ingredients yourself. Participants will learn how to slaughter, butcher, and harvest rennet from a goat kid.
March 25 at Appleton Creamery in Appleton, 10am – 4pm (CONCLUDED)
May 6 at Fuzzy Udder Creamery/South Paw Farm in Unity, 10am – 4pm
$25-$75 workshop fee, sliding scale. Please email email@example.com to register or more information about work-trade/scholarships, or call 948-5268
Due to the fantastic and popular success of the Rennet workshop that the Guild and Little Falls Farm put on last spring, we would like to host a mini Rennet/Kid Butchering workshop at Appleton Creamery on May 16. Participants will learn how to slaughter, butcher and harvest rennet from a goat kid. The workshop will go from 10am to 3pm. Cost is $75 or $25 for Journey-persons and apprentices. Please email Jessie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up.
The Maine Cheese Guild will be sponsoring a one-day workshop on cheese Rennet to be held at Little Falls Farm in Harrison, Maine on Monday, April 19th from 9am to 5pm.
At the beginning there will be a short lecture on the nature of rennet — how it works, why it is used in cheesemaking, and the different ways it can affect finished cheeses. This will include a report written by Oregon cheesemaker David Peterson on his experiences using plant derived renneting materials to make traditional cheeses.
After lunch John and Mary Belding of Little Falls Farm will demonstrate step-by-step the methods for harvesting a goat-kid vel, preserving it, and then using it in cheese production.
Fees will be $125 for the general public, $100 for Maine Cheese Guild members (lunch included). For more information email email@example.com. To reserve a spot (there will be a limited class size) send a check to
The Maine Cheese Guild
c/o Mark Whitney, Treasurer
32 Farm View Drive
New Gloucester, Maine 04260
I understand that most of the goat herds among us are living in their barns right now during kidding season. But when they are able to emerge to check their email, they should also check out this article in The New York Times food section today:
- Sunset Acres Farm –
- 75 gallon bulk tank all working Used here for 4 years. Great starter tank. $600
- 100 and a 150 gal bulk tanks Never run here but running when removed from farm. Still have freon in them so that is a good sign!! Could be used for vats or whatever your mind could think up. I have many ideas. $250 each
- Large hot water heating unit for cheese plant. Actually a swimming pool heater! Ran everything here and cheaply. Needs to be installed out of doors and we didn’t have the room anymore. Many new parts. Cost over $2,000 will sell with many installation parts for $700.
- Just bought many reg. Sannens from a milking herd that shows some not the other way around. Excellant bloodlines. Great herd buck prospects and some does. KIDS
- Also many purebred Alpines this year. Many from Tom Cox bloodlines. Some does are 12 years old so that says a lot! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.