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Automated milking system needed to replace tired, worn out, arthritic hands that produce raw goats milk & products for the people.

I am looking to continue on with what I've been doing for the past 20 plus years on our beautiful small sustainable farm in Tuftonboro NH. We maintain a small (10 head) dairy goat herd and also raise Katahdin sheep along with meat and egg laying poultry. We make and sell artisan Feta cheese in a few variations as well as other hard and soft cheeses. Our products are sold at local farmers markets and from our barn and roadside farm stand.

Up until very recently all the farm work was done by hand. Last year we were blessed to purchase a wonderful 1953 Ford NAA tractor with a bucket. This year we are looking to upgrade our antiquated milking system (my two hands) to a more modern mechanized system. Many years of hand milking have taken their toll and what was once a routine chore has now become an uncomfortable, twice daily, task. 

We do have an even more outdated, circa 1930, system used for cows and adapted for goats that will be paid forward if we reach our goal. This system works fine but but is way to much for our needs and takes more time to clean than it does to use. 

So, if there is any way that you can help it would be very much appreciated. We strive to keep our prices low and affordable to all. We believe in what we do and feel that the food source today is drifting to far from the family farms that once covered rural America. Your pledge will greatly help us continue to make wholesome natural food available to those who seek it.

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Our approach to farming is on the "His masters eye fatteneth the cattle" principle. Careful stewardship reduces challenges and setbacks but, if an obstacle or problem were to arise after the project is funded we would tackle it like any other and that is by research and reaching out to the local farming community.

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  • Goat milk is the most digestible dairy product because of its molecular size and similar composition to a human mother’s milk. Any mammal can be raised on goat milk. In fact, did you know that many zoos keep small herds of dairy goats on premises to assure a constant supply of goat milk in case of emergencies?

    Stop and think about this for a moment. A cow has a calf, the calf weighs approximately 40 pounds at birth and weans at about 250 to 300 pounds. A goat kid weighs approximately 7 pounds at birth and weans at about 45 pounds. Whose milk would be more digestible by a human, who is about feeding babies the same weight as a goat? Goat’s milk is naturally homogenized which means the fat globules in their milk are small, and remain suspended in the milk. This helps in digestion and absorption! Many people that have digestive problems have found that goat milk has a natural anti-inflammatory component.

    Have you ever noticed that after drinking cow milk you seem to produce a lot of mucous? Goat milk does not do that! Infants and toddlers have a much easier time digesting goat milk. I can go on and on about how great goat milk is, but, now the question is why raw?

    If milk is pasteurized, its temperature is raised to 165 ° and held there for 45 seconds, or the milk is brought up to 145 ° and held for at least 30 minutes. What happens to the milk at these temperatures? Bacteria are killed off. BUT, not all bacteria are bad! Some bacteria are good, and they get killed off along with some of the natural vitamins.

    If you are a huge commercial milk producer, you can add “stuff” (vitamins and minerals) back in, but, if you are a home producer, are you really up to snuff on how to add the good things back in! My whole theory is, why bother? Why fool with a fantastic product? Some get hung up on pasteurization but all they are doing is destroying their milk because they do not add anything back!

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