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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:

„Stupid as a goat“ (a german expression) 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 figured out on which part the fence 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. Furthermore some gates have to be locked two or three times because often it is easy for them to open them with their lips and horns.

My kind is one of three Canary Island kinds: "Majorera" of Fuerteventura. They have a mixture of colours so with every birth it is a surprise how the babies are going to look.

All my ladies have a name – unbelievable for the most of the Herreños – but for me obvious. In addition, I do not tie the legs of my animals together 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 areas for sun- and rain-protection.

A male goat doesn't live permanently on the farm. 

I can simply borrow him whenever it's time to breed.

After 5 months gestation time each goat gives birth to one to four offsprings, on average 2. Often we are surprised by a tender bleat in the morning because usually the goats manage the birth alone very well. So far 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 are sold or I use them to pay for the permission to cut our grass.

The feeding is nearly 100% organic, which means that I cut the food (either fresh raw food or hay) for the goats myself in a nearby areas. If there is enough rain in winter I have to buy less hay in the summer. They get a small portion of cereal while I milk them, consisting of oats and Alfalfa – Pellets.

Milking is done once a day - so far by hand. But soon I will adapt 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 – after all I make with this milk our delicate cheese specialities.

If you are interested, I am happy to show you how I milk my goats.

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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 fences. Moreover the goats would become nervous of free running dogs.

In addition to my own cats, foundlings or stray cats have joined us little by litte as a result I have no more problems with mice. Meanwhile all the cats are sterilized or castrated. Therefore the number of cats now living on my farm stopped at 13. This seems a lot but apart from the feeding it doesn't matter. Many of these kitties got their names from children who came on holidays 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 nest there. This spider is rare and builds no webs.

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Tiere Marienkäfer

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