There are a number of different breeds of dairy goats in the world. We have selected Nigerian Dwarf and La Mancha goats to provide the sweet, fat-rich milk we need to make amazing cheese. Besides yummy milk, we were looking for hardy breeds that are easy kidders (have baby goats without too many problems), intelligent, good milking parlor manners and just plain enjoyable to be around. We have fallen in love with these breeds, which is good because we spend a lot of time with them. They give us delicious milk so we can make exceptional cheese.
One of the things that makes us unique is that we browse our goats 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.
Grazing in the lower pastures with an enviable view of Mount Rainier, are our herd of Black Welsh Mountain Sheep. These are our meat sheep, and they are well guarded by two protective llamas.
Starting in the spring of 2014, we will start milking our dairy goats, Lacaune and East Freisian cross breeds. We’re excited to be developing a line of sheep milk cheeses for future sale.