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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Answers to some of the most common questions we get about ALL THINGS GOAT.

WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FAIR HILL FARM AND CAPRIDERMA?

CapriDerma is one of many lines of business that we have at Fair Hill Farm. These include: registered heritage livestock, Regenerative Agricultural Consulting Services , Speaking Engagements (www.fairhilllfarm.com), CapriDerma hair & skincare products and a minority stake in fledgling shear and knife sharpening services (www.aibosharpening.com) Yes, we have a diverse set of offerings in our line of business. It's typical for extended farm families today in order to survive.  We *deeply appreciate* your support.    

DO YOU DO SPECIAL ORDERS, LIKE FOR WEDDINGS OR PARTY FAVORS, ETC?

Absolutely! Not only do we develop seasonal scents and soaps, but we also offer event-soaps such as bridal party favors, social home-sale parties, and even will work with you to develop a special scent for your own occasion. Minimum order sizes apply for custom orders.  Contact us for info. Let's be creative. Everyone wins. 

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO USE YOUR SHAMPOO BARS?

Remember, a little goes a long way! It might seem like a small bar, but its the same amount of cleansing goodness as you would have in an entire bottle of liquid shampoo, just without the excess water and plastic packaging.  First, just swipe the shampoo bar across a fully wet head until it's all had one pass, as if you were swiping on a helmet.  Then take a minute to work the soap into your hear and into a lather. rinse. if you use a conditioner, use only a small fraction of your usual amount, perhaps 1/4 - 1/8 the usual amount.

HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH YOUR IDEAS FOR SCENTS AND FORMULAS?

I'm very picky, but ultimately it's what other people think that really matters.  I have a lot of "stunt noses" and guinea pig friends who gladly lend me their skin to test things on! The many guys who have stunt beards for me have helped a LOT.  We use our own products, and even wash our dogs, with our shampoo bars. (We have customers who swear our goat milk shampoo is their secret weapon to get their show poodles, show fiber sheep, market goats and even chickens super clean for the show ring!) We bathe champions! Pro Tip: if you groom or show poodles, we *guarantee* our dog shampoo bars will give your dogs extra coat volume and texture for the show ring. If you are a pro groomer, contact us for special discounts for show-dog shampoos and shear sharpening combo deals.  We also listen to our customers and when we get special requests, we put these scents out to the general public for opinion / feedback. This has led us to our widely acclaimed scents of "sandalwood rose", "rosemary mint" and our "groomers special doggie lavender charcoal" special conditioning bars for dogs and livestock showers. Write to us with your ideas and requests - we are eager to listen to your creative ideas and collaborate with you. " mailto:milksoaps@capriderma.com"           

DO YOU MILK YOUR GOATS EVERY DAY?

Yep. By hand.  Every day. No matter the weather. 365 days a year.

WHAT BREEDS OF GOATS DO YOU HAVE, HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE, and HOW MUCH DO THEY PRODUCE? 

We have LaManchas and Nubians. These are our favorite breeds, so it's what we keep.  We have an overwinter base population of 6-12 with 3-6 in milk at a time. Yes we are smallscale but don't be fooled - our girls can produce a gallon per day per goat! Goats are amazingly productive animals.

HOW OLD IS A GOAT WHEN SHE STARTS GIVING MILK?

That depends on the goat! She does not start producing milk until after she has given birth.  Here on our farm, that is usually around 2-2.5 years old.  We wait longer than other breers and ensure our goats are physically full grown and mature enough to handle being a momma.  Sometimes we sell them to appropriate homes. If you want to know more, contact us to be added to a waiting list for a goat kid (or lamb) from our farm. Very rarely, we will sell a fully trained milking goat, in milk for approx $800+ per trained milking doe. These are rare situations and we select highly qualified families who will cherish our ladies' productivity. They will produce upward of a gallon per day per farmily for over a year. This is a tremendous value.    

DO YOU BREED YOUR GOATS? AND WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE GOAT KIDS?

We do limited & controlled breedings each year.  It is not necessary to breed a goat every year to keep our ladies productive and milking.  Some dairy breeds can go years at the same level of productivity without having another kid.

DO YOU MILK YOUR GOATS WHILE THEY ARE PREGNANT?

No. We love our girls. We want them to put their physical energy into growing healthy babies, a healthy pregnancy, and an easy delivery. When they're expecting, their job is to relax and be pampered.  Goats are amazing and they have personalities something between a friendly cat and a puppy so we love them dearly. We don't wait till they are pregnant to give them a break, either.  We start the "dry off" process (reducing the milk production gradually until they are no longer producing) months before we breed them. It can take *months* to complete this process.   

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH EXTRA MILK? DO YOU SELL IT?

We don't have much extra because we only plan to use what we have. Besides making soap and shampoo with it, we make cheese, butter, yogurt, and even pudding with it. We also drink it. No we do not sell it; the state of Ohio is very specific - you must be a registered dairy to sell milk.  When neighbors have an orphan lamb, kid, cow, puppy, kitten... whatever, they know we will donate our extra to help that little animal. When this happens, we cut back on other commitments. We also supplement our chickens and turkeys by adding milk into their feed on a regular basis. Our goats are the only source of milk that we use in our household, and we NEVER use store formula if we have an orphan lamb on our own farm.  We are proud to be grocery-store-independent and a fully goats-milk family.  Nothing goes to waste, ever.    

I'VE TRIED GOATS MILK FROM THE GROCERY STORE. IT'S DISGUSTING.

YES IT IS! We agree! The goat's milk you buy is ultra pasteurized for long shelf life and has not been stored in temps low enough to keep it from developing a very 'goaty' taste. We understand it's hard to believe, but our goat's milk does not taste anything like grocery store goat's milk. When comparing our own goats milk to cow's milk, we think goat milk tastes sweeter and lacks the "cow" aftertaste. Back when we drank cow's milk we didn't even realize there was an aftertaste of "eau de cow"  But there is. We even supply cattle company families with goat milk for drinking purposes.  If you' haven't tried fresh/raw goat milk, please reserve judgment and don't disparage.  Goat milk is the universal baby formula.  For eons, it has sustained humans, orphan animals, and more.  Try it local, fresh and raw before you disparage it.    

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