We just completed our kidding season of “G” names (we assign a different letter of the alphabet each year). Starting with “A” names, this would bring us to our 7th official kidding season! We had a total of 320 kids born at Idyll Farms this year! We selected 10 bucklings, 60 doelings to keep and prepared a group of 30 wethers to donate to a grazing conservation project associated with the Leelanau Conservancy. http://leelanauconservancy.org/blog/2018/04/25/war-garlic-mustard-goats-volunteers-dumpsters/ (more on this to come!) The rest of the kids were sold to a farm raising goats for 4-H children.
In March, we won two 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest awards. Our Idyll Pastures Fennel Pollen won a “Best in Class” in the “Flavored Soft Goat Cheeses” category, and our Idyll Pastures plain won a 3rd place in the “Soft Goat Milk Cheeses” category. This brings our award count up to 5 World Championship Cheese Contest awards and 11 American Cheese Society awards just going into our 6th season making cheese!
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