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Goats

"If you don't have any worries, buy yourself a goat" is a Danish expression – and I actually have 3 of them:

"Be a stupid goat" is a prejudice I hardly believe! "Goats are so smart – they are born with a university-entrance diploma" a friend of us said once – and she's right.

So it took more than 2 years to make my land escape-proof. Again and again the goats saw on which part the defense wasn't high enough, or where I had overlooked little holes that could be made bigger. As soon as I turned around one by one they escaped into other "forbidden" areas. Also some gates have to be locked two or three times because it is often easy to open them with lips and horns.

My breed is one of three Canary Island races: "Majorera" of Fuerteventura. They have a mixture of colours so every birth is a surprise depending on the appearance of the babies.

All my ladies have a name – unbelievable for the most of the Herreños – but for me obvious. In addition, I do not bind together the legs of my animals or squeeze them into little barns.

The well-being of our animals is close to my heart. The goat breeding on our land is located outdoors with many covered aereas for sun- and rain-protection.

A he-goat doesn't live permanently with me. I can simply borrow him whenever it's time to breed, till now twice a year.

After 5 months gestation time each goat bears between 1 and 4 offspring, on average 2. Often we are surprised by a tender baa in the morning because normally the goats manage the birth alone very well. To date I had to help only one time.

The newborns stay about 2 months with the mothers and then they are resettled to the "kindergarten". The male goats I sell or use them to pay for the permission to cut our grass.

The feeding is nearly 100% organic, which means that I cut the roughage myselve in adjacent areas that are placed at my disposal either as fresh-fodder or hay. If there is enough rain in winter I have to buy only a little hay in summer. A small dose of cereal they get while milking consisting of oats and Alfalfa – Pellets.

Milking is done once a day - till now by hand. But soon I will change to a milking machine. My goats are no milk-machines, and that is why they give an average rate of "only" 1-3-ltr. of milk per day.

For me is quality more important than quantity – finally I make with this milk our delicate cheese specialities.

You can visit me when you wish to watch me doing the milking.

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Mütter Cynthi+Mapa klein

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Garten Fächerpalme

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Cats, dogs and other animals:

Of course our farm life doesn't work without our cuddly animals – the 2 dogs Blanquita and Chuppy, which I found as puppies abandoned on the street. They are living with me in the house because my farm has no escape-proof defense. Also the goats would surely become nervous with free-running dogs.

To my own cats consistently foundlings have been added so that I have no more problems with the mice. Meanwhile all the cats are sterilized or castrated. Therefore I will limit the number of the cats living on my farm to 13. This seems a lot but apart from the feeding it doesn't matter. Many of these cats got their names from childreen who came on holiday with their families in my guesthouses.

While enjoying the silence on our farm with open eyes and ears, you will discover many insects, birds, reptiles, different species of spiders or other little animals.

There are no poisonous animals with the exception of the "Black Widow" - a spider that lives under stones and has her clusters there. This spider is rare and builds no nests.

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Tiere Marienkäfer

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