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Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From Having Goats

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Nigerian dwarf milk has the highest average butterfat of all the dairy goats, which makes it especially well suited to cheesemaking! If you’d like to try your hand at cheesemaking, we suggest starting with a simple chevre or fromage using one of the direct-set starters from Once you start, you’ll be hooked on the most delicious cheeses you’ve ever tasted, and you’ll be anxious to try many of the other cheeses.


We also use our Nigerian milk to make goat milk soap, which we sell online and on the farm and at local events.

If you’d like to try making your own soap, Deborah has an online class in her Thrifty Homesteader Academy.

Magestic Mountain Sage sells the fixed oils necessary for making soap, such as coconut oil and palm oil, but once you get really addicted to soapmaking and you’re ready to buy in large quantities (like five gallons), be sure to check out Soaper’s Choice. There is also a lye calculator on the Magestic Mountain Sage site, which you can use when you’re ready to start making your own soap recipes!