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Funny Farm Blog

  • Go get your goat!

    I’ll admit it. I used to be scared of goats. It’s not something I am proud of either. I put off living with them for a long time because of it, too. Let me be clear though. I wasn’t scared of the animals. I loved goats. Goats are cleverness on the hoof. They are wily […]

  • Hoegger’s Christmas 2014 Goat Gift Guide

    For those who love ‘us goat people’, gift giving can be a challenge. So, for Christmas 2014, we thought we would put together an ‘Ultimate Gift Guide’ to help you out. There’s something here for all kinds of goat keepers and milk aficionados, and we’ve tried to cover all budgets. So from stocking fillers to […]

  • Love’s Labors Learned: Goats and Other Mentors

    “There’s nothing more you can learn from me.”   I heard those words come out of my boss’s mouth the other day, and mine hung wide open. Untruer words were never spoken; we can never stop learning from one another. I still consider myself new at goat-keeping, having only come to it professionally (and personally) […]

  • Using Goats in a Therapy Program

    I love my goats. They always make me smile. I am a registered nurse and sometimes my days can be a little stressful. One little therapy doeling really brightens my days. Her name is Baby. Baby is a Fainting goat. Every time I look at her she brings a smile to my face. This got […]

  • Jenna Woginrich: Morning Milking Routines

    As soon as cats and dogs are sated from their own particular morning-time urgencies, I am heading to the goat pen with milk pails, gear, and grain. With two goats I have a system. I start milking Francis first and, since she is in training to be a proper milk goat, I like giving her […]

  • Jenna on goats and fences and lessons hard learned

    When it comes to goats, fences are everything. The same fence that can keep back a team of Percherons, a flock of sheep, and hundred alpaca (alpaci?) is nothing but scoff-fodder for your average goats. Goats climb, tear down, and crawl under wire field fencing. They laugh at t-posts. If your wire isn’t hot, even […]

  • Shearing day at Cold Antler Farm

    Shearing Day is a bonefide Holiday here at Cold Antler Farm. It’s one of the annual events that shape my year, a new and beloved tradition that takes place every late spring. And even though it’s a fairly new kind of holiday, it is already starting to rack up wonderful stories and memories. It all […]

  • Why I chose the Kiko goat

    I live on a small 20 acre farm. We used to own cows but they have long since been sold. After I came home from college, I looked at my childhood home. The fences were old and rusted. The pasture was taller than I am with sage and blackberry bushes. I knew we had a […]

  • Cold Antler Farm – The Introduction

    Some of you may be familiar with me and the animals that make up Cold Antler Farm, but some of you may not.  New readers find their way here and are thrown right into my story. Depending on when you met me – that story could be about chickens, new sheep, dogs, cart horses, or […]

  • LGDs – Why we love our Anatolian Shepherd

      We have been raising Anatolian Shepherds for 11 years.  We owned a 13 acre, Grade A Goat Dairy and we usually had from 100 – 180 goats on our farm.   We bought our first dog when our then 19 year old daughter did some research for us, and found this breed. We also […]

  • Grilled Pizza Recipe

    This is the grilled pizza recipe from our 2011 Cheese & Soap Catalog.   Everybody loves pizza but with the warm long days of summer the call of the grill is hard to resist. Our solution, Grill Your Pizza! Our favorite is Grilled Greek Pizza with red onions, pepperoncini, artichoke hearts, mozzarella, feta cheese, pepperoni […]

  • Chicken Swap

     Bill sent me an email with a link that advertised a Chicken Swap. What is a Chicken Swap, I asked. He wasn’t quite sure, but now that he heard there was such a thing, how could we not go and check it out?   We traveled to the local tractor supply store. There, similar to […]

  • Taught by Goats – Lyric Essay

      What do goats teach? . You must slow down and be deliberate. . If you are in a hurry the goats rebel. . Don’t rush, latch the gate otherwise everyone will raid the barn, bounce across the milking stand, stuff their faces deep into the grain bucket, and ransack the hay bales. . Slow […]

  • Great Goat Pictures

    Out of the thousands of goat pictures we received from you, we had to narrow it down to just 13 for our calendar.  Even though these didn’t make it in, they are too good not to share. If you have not picked up your copy of the 2012 Hoegger Calendar yet, don’t wait.  In fact, get one […]

  • Hoegger Calendar Submissions

    Wow, we got a great response from all of you for the 2012 Calendar Competition!  In fact, we received so many pictures that we are still in the process of choosing the 12 that will go in the calendar.  Not an easy job.  But in the meantime, here are just a few of the thousands of pictures for […]