What do the goats eat?
On our farm, we aim to keep healthy and happy animals. Our animals are pastured on a rotational basis as weather permits. The milking does are rotated approximately every 5 days onto new lush pasture. Rotating them allows for the grasses to regenerate for approximately one month before the herd rotates back onto the same ground. This type of rotational grazing not only helps the land, it mimics how animals graze in nature and lowers the herd’s risk to parasites.
Our pasture consists of typical farm forage grasses as well as natural plants such as goldenrod, wild rose, yarrow and dandelion. This type of natural forge in goat’s diets helps to impart excellent flavor into the cheese.
Do we feed GMO (genetically modified organism ) commercial grain?
No, our goats receive a GMO Free blend of protein in place of commercial grain. This type of feed aids in meeting their protein and digestive requirements. The goats also enjoy free choice hay and minerals throughout the day.
Do you use antibiotics or hormones?
No, our animals do not receive antibiotics or hormones. We do not allow milking goats to receive antibiotics or hormones of any type, our milk is antibiotic and antibiotic free.
What is a typical day in the life of a dairy goat?
A typical day in the life of a dairy goat is up in the morning by 5:30 for milking and feeding then out to one of our rotational pastures. For the next 11 hours the goats play, eat and sleep = make milk. At 4:30 it is back to the milking parlor for afternoon milking and feeding. After the afternoon milking the goats loaf around eat hay, graze and play with one another – they like to the play the game who can get out of the fence first.
How do you house your goats?
During the Spring and Summer months, the goats are housed in a spacious barn with a loafing area, access to fresh water, raised perches for loafing/playing and walkout access to the rotated pastures. During the winter months, the goats are kept in the barn with access to a covered loafing area and pasture as weather permits.
What is a seasonal creamery?
A seasonal creamery is a dairy that operates for only a portion of the year. We believe in keeping in sync with our animals instinctual patterns. Following their natural pattern allows for our milking season to fall in the months when forage is most available. Fresh air and rotational pastures makes for an excellent cheese. Please see the BMB Calendar of Cheeses for cheese availability throughout the year.
What is raw milk cheese?
Raw milk cheese is cheese made from milk that is not pasteurized. The cheese is lightly heated to the designated temperature, cultures are added and the curds are then hand laddled into cheese molds. The cheese is then aged in our cave for at least sixty days. Sixty days is the minimum amount of time required by NYS AG and Markets for a raw age cheese.
What is fresh cheese?
It is cheese that is made from pasteurized milk. We gently pasteurize our milk to 145degrees. Gently pasteurizing the milk allows for it to retain the flavor in the cheese. As opposed to traditional pasteurization which is typically high temp pasteurization at 161 or ultra pasteurization at 275degrees the latter process often leaves the milk with a greasy mouth feel.
What is affinage?
Our cheeses that have a natural rind in our cave are brushed (affinage) often. The brushing removes the mold and encourages the uniform distribution of yeasts on the rind. The yeasts and rods add to the complexity and flavor of the finished cheese.
Where can I buy your cheese?
We sell our cheese at Farmers Markets and fresh off the farm. We are also offering a cheese CSA this year. Please check out the places to buy tab on our website for more information. We currently do not retail our cheese.