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Why I Decided to Raise Goats

Why did I start raising goats? I was not a country girl.

My Growing up Years

We moved often and my family didn’t usually own any animals. I had a few cats off and on, outdoor cats.

 

And my dad bought me 6 turkeys one year, to eat the grasshopper who ate Mom’s trees. That was it.

So, when I got married, I had very little knowledge about raising animals.

Then I Married David

David was a country boy, and his family had goats. But David was more interested in cows, horses, and dogs.

Shortly before we were married, he started working on a cattle ranch in South Dakota. He brought his milk cow with, but he didn’t own any goats.  I didn’t mind. I thought cows milk tasted better than goats milk anyway. So, we still had no goats.

My Second Daughter’s Birth Changed our Life

Then my second child was born. Clementine was an active girl, crawling at 3 months old, walking at 8 months old.

But around 6 months old she started developing rashes. Red, dry, flaky skin on her eye lids. Raw, sore skin behind her ears. And painful diaper rashes.

I tried everything.

Creams and ointments didn’t help.

“Probably you let her sit in wet diapers too long,” someone told me. So I tried changing her if she was the slightest bit wet.

I tried this brand of diaper. I tried that brand of diaper. I tried cloth diapers. I tried bleaching my diapers, maybe I wasn’t getting my cloth diaper clean enough. Then I decided the soap and bleach were too harsh on my babies skin. So I switched to natural laundry soap and drying them on the sunny clothes line.

You get the idea. I tried and I tried, but nothing seemed to help.

Then someone suggested that it was something I fed her. “Try just nursing her for a couple days. Then reintroduce food one item at a time to see if certain foods make her break out.” they said.

I was skeptical about the idea. But I decided to try it.

After only nursing her for twenty-four hours, all her rashes were gone! I was so excited! She had had rashes for about three months straight at this point. So, to see them disappear like that was amazing!

Which Food Was the Problem?

Then I started trying to reintroduce foods into her diet.

Bananas made her break out. So did oatmeal. And applesauce.

Every time I fed her solid food, she would break out. I couldn’t find anything that agreed with her. Then I would nurse her for a day, and the rash would go away.

After trying to reintroduce foods off and on, and experiencing the same story, we decided to take her to a professional Nutritionist. We wanted to take care of her naturally, but we didn’t know how.

Our Health Journey Began

When we went to that first Nutritionist, he tested our daughter and discovered that she was allergic to gluten.

He then taught us something else that I had not known. He said that my baby could get the gluten through my milk. He said that it wasn’t as much as if she ate it directly, but it still affected her.

The gluten, he told us, was attacking her pituitary gland, which affected a lot of her body functions.

He said I needed to avoid eating gluten so her body could heal. Then, as her body started to heal, we would be able to introduce soft vegetables. (Fruit contained too much sugar. Grains and most dairy products can produce long lasting allergies if fed to a child at too young of age. And, of course, meat was too hard for her to chew.)

 
What Changed My Mind About Goats

When I tried to eat gluten-free, my milk dried up. I had no clue how to eat gluten free, and the only thing I knew for sure was gluten-free was salad and meat. I ate a lot of salad and meat, but I could not seem to fill up. After just a couple days, I was nursing all day long and my baby was never satisfied.

So we called up the nutritional. “Get goat’s milk for her”, he said, “fresh and raw is best, but you can buy canned goats milk in the store and dilute it until you find some fresh milk.”

We had fresh cows milk, but he explained that goats milk had smaller proteins then cows milk and was much easier to digest. He said he’d known some people that couldn’t handle any dairy products, but they did fine with fresh goats milk.

We bought canned goats milk and fed it to our daughter in a bottle. She transitioned easily and did fine.

We found a friend who said we could borrow a goat, and I started learning how to milk a goat. David knew how to milk goats, but he worked long days. So, I had to learn. It was quite the challenge for me, and I had days I was in tears. But the milk seemed to satisfy my daughter, and she didn’t get any rashes. I was so glad that I found something that worked for her, that I was determine to learn how to milk that goat.

Goats Milk Saves the Day!

Clementine did well with fresh goats milk, and we were slowly able to add more foods to her diet. Now she is 12 years old, and is an active, healthy girl.

We learn a lot about nutrition over the years, and I learned how to make delicious, nourishing, gluten free food. (We still eat mostly gluten free, although I’ve learned some other health habits that make it so she can tolerate it now and then.)

On the ranch, one of my jobs is to feed the ranch hands. Once we had a young man that had been living with us for over a month. One day he was talking about how sorry he felt for his brother because his brother had to switch to a gluten free diet. I asked him if he liked my cooking. He said he did. Then told him that it was gluten-free. He was so surprised!

One of my favorite ways to have our fresh goats milk is with our homemade granola.

(Did you know you can get my granola recipe and other gluten-free recipes? Check it out below!)

My

5 Favorite

 Gluten-Free

 Recipes

5 Recipes from Susanna Dagley


​Get your free copy here!

​I ​know I can unsubscribe from Dagley Recipes at any time.

Back to the Subject – Goats

I have learned a lot in the last 11 years I have owned goats. And I am still learning. But, whenever I hear of someone that is considering getting their first goat, I remember why I started raising goats. And how much I had to learn.

But I don’t regret it.

Just Imagine if You Can…

(An excerpt from my journal – Spring 2020)

“Last night my daughter called me out to see a brand new baby goat, and my heart melted all over again. I think baby goat are so cute!

This morning I took a walk out in the goat pasture. I think that pasture is one of the most relaxing places to walk. The does were out grazing the tall winter grass mixed with fresh green grass that is just coming up. Kid goats were bouncing around playing near their mother. Birds were singing in the trees. And a gentle breeze was blowing.

The pond that borders two sides of this small goat pasture was covered with a thin layer of ice this morning. So I broke the ice, then led the goats down to drink. It was just so peaceful!

Then I wandered over to where my daughters were milking out the extra colostrum that a little kid goat didn’t drink. That mama goat was so full of milk, and she only has one little kid goat to raise. So I told my kids that we would milk her out at the end of each day, after we made sure that the kid goat had all it wanted. My son was so excited! He loves goats milk!”

So, Why did I Decide to Raise Goats?

It was for my kids.

It all started because of health problems. But, what started out as a solution to a problem, became a part of life I really enjoy.

Yes, I am glad we have goats. It’s become a part of who I am.

-Susanna Dagley

 

 

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Why I Decided to Raise Goats

Why did I start raising goats? I was not a country girl.

My Growing up Years

We moved often and my family didn’t usually own any animals. I had a few cats off and on, outdoor cats.

 

And my dad bought me 6 turkeys one year, to eat the grasshopper who ate Mom’s trees. That was it.

So, when I got married, I had very little knowledge about raising animals.

Then I Married David

David was a country boy, and his family had goats. But David was more interested in cows, horses, and dogs.

Shortly before we were married, he started working on a cattle ranch in South Dakota. He brought his milk cow with, but he didn’t own any goats.  I didn’t mind. I thought cows milk tasted better than goats milk anyway. So, we still had no goats.

My Second Daughter’s Birth Changed our Life

Then my second child was born. Clementine was an active girl, crawling at 3 months old, walking at 8 months old.

But around 6 months old she started developing rashes. Red, dry, flaky skin on her eye lids. Raw, sore skin behind her ears. And painful diaper rashes.

I tried everything.

Creams and ointments didn’t help.

“Probably you let her sit in wet diapers too long,” someone told me. So I tried changing her if she was the slightest bit wet.

I tried this brand of diaper. I tried that brand of diaper. I tried cloth diapers. I tried bleaching my diapers, maybe I wasn’t getting my cloth diaper clean enough. Then I decided the soap and bleach were too harsh on my babies skin. So I switched to natural laundry soap and drying them on the sunny clothes line.

You get the idea. I tried and I tried, but nothing seemed to help.

Then someone suggested that it was something I fed her. “Try just nursing her for a couple days. Then reintroduce food one item at a time to see if certain foods make her break out.” they said.

I was skeptical about the idea. But I decided to try it.

After only nursing her for twenty-four hours, all her rashes were gone! I was so excited! She had had rashes for about three months straight at this point. So, to see them disappear like that was amazing!

Which Food Was the Problem?

Then I started trying to reintroduce foods into her diet.

Bananas made her break out. So did oatmeal. And applesauce.

Every time I fed her solid food, she would break out. I couldn’t find anything that agreed with her. Then I would nurse her for a day, and the rash would go away.

After trying to reintroduce foods off and on, and experiencing the same story, we decided to take her to a professional Nutritionist. We wanted to take care of her naturally, but we didn’t know how.

Our Health Journey Began

When we went to that first Nutritionist, he tested our daughter and discovered that she was allergic to gluten.

He then taught us something else that I had not known. He said that my baby could get the gluten through my milk. He said that it wasn’t as much as if she ate it directly, but it still affected her.

The gluten, he told us, was attacking her pituitary gland, which affected a lot of her body functions.

He said I needed to avoid eating gluten so her body could heal. Then, as her body started to heal, we would be able to introduce soft vegetables. (Fruit contained too much sugar. Grains and most dairy products can produce long lasting allergies if fed to a child at too young of age. And, of course, meat was too hard for her to chew.)

What Changed My Mind About Goats

When I tried to eat gluten-free, my milk dried up. I had no clue how to eat gluten free, and the only thing I knew for sure was gluten-free was salad and meat. I ate a lot of salad and meat, but I could not seem to fill up. After just a couple days, I was nursing all day long and my baby was never satisfied.

So we called up the nutritional. “Get goat’s milk for her”, he said, “fresh and raw is best, but you can buy canned goats milk in the store and dilute it until you find some fresh milk.”

We had fresh cows milk, but he explained that goats milk had smaller proteins then cows milk and was much easier to digest. He said he’d known some people that couldn’t handle any dairy products, but they did fine with fresh goats milk.

We bought canned goats milk and fed it to our daughter in a bottle. She transitioned easily and did fine.

We found a friend who said we could borrow a goat, and I started learning how to milk a goat. David knew how to milk goats, but he worked long days. So, I had to learn. It was quite the challenge for me, and I had days I was in tears. But the milk seemed to satisfy my daughter, and she didn’t get any rashes. I was so glad that I found something that worked for her, that I was determine to learn how to milk that goat.

Goats Milk Saves the Day!

Clementine did well with fresh goats milk, and we were slowly able to add more foods to her diet. Now she is 12 years old, and is an active, healthy girl.

We learn a lot about nutrition over the years, and I learned how to make delicious, nourishing, gluten free food. (We still eat mostly gluten free, although I’ve learned some other health habits that make it so she can tolerate it now and then.)

On the ranch, one of my jobs is to feed the ranch hands. Once we had a young man that had been living with us for over a month. One day he was talking about how sorry he felt for his brother because his brother had to switch to a gluten free diet. I asked him if he liked my cooking. He said he did. Then told him that it was gluten-free. He was so surprised!

One of my favorite ways to have our fresh goats milk is with our homemade granola.

(Did you know you can get my granola recipe and other gluten-free recipes? Check it out below!)

My

5 Favorite

 Gluten-Free

 Recipes

5 Recipes from Susanna Dagley


​Get your free copy here!

​I ​know I can unsubscribe from Dagley Recipes at any time.

Back to the Subject – Goats

I have learned a lot in the last 11 years I have owned goats. And I am still learning. But, whenever I hear of someone that is considering getting their first goat, I remember why I started raising goats. And how much I had to learn.

But I don’t regret it.

Just Imagine if You Can…

(An excerpt from my journal – Spring 2020)

“Last night my daughter called me out to see a brand new baby goat, and my heart melted all over again. I think baby goat are so cute!

This morning I took a walk out in the goat pasture. I think that pasture is one of the most relaxing places to walk. The does were out grazing the tall winter grass mixed with fresh green grass that is just coming up. Kid goats were bouncing around playing near their mother. Birds were singing in the trees. And a gentle breeze was blowing.

The pond that borders two sides of this small goat pasture was covered with a thin layer of ice this morning. So I broke the ice, then led the goats down to drink. It was just so peaceful!

Then I wandered over to where my daughters were milking out the extra colostrum that a little kid goat didn’t drink. That mama goat was so full of milk, and she only has one little kid goat to raise. So I told my kids that we would milk her out at the end of each day, after we made sure that the kid goat had all it wanted. My son was so excited! He loves goats milk!”

So, Why did I Decide to Raise Goats?

It was for my kids.

It all started because of health problems. But, what started out as a solution to a problem, became a part of life I really enjoy.

Yes, I am glad we have goats. It’s become a part of who I am.

-Susanna Dagley

 

 

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