Our vocation has been to farm, cherish goats and make consistent delicious cheese every day. The daily routine observing, bringing curiosity and careful observation to the land, the herd, the milk, cheese and each other.
It is an illusion to be attached to this being permanent.
We have an opportunity for a Trainee Dairy Goat Milker and Cheesemaker at Holy Goat. The role will build on experienced workers’ skills or new to the industry workers’ skills through training and instruction on the farm. Training will cover all aspects of milking, handling, and care of the herd with attentive and sensitive observationContinue reading “EMPLOYMENT”
The only lockdown that our goats are experiencing now is their usual one – being permanently locked out of our tree plantings and remnant bushland paddocks. Otherwise, for the goats at least, life goes on, with the rising and setting of the sun and the moon. Milking twice a day, rumination time, grazing time andContinue reading “Brave New (Cheese) World”
We are celebrating our beautiful goats with a series of goat portrait Photo Cards. The photographs by Bronwyn Silver and Janet Barker were taken over a ten year period and highlight a few of our favourite Cuprines. When most people look at our herd of goats they tend to see, well, a herd of goats.Continue reading ““Goat Essence” – Photo Card Series”
At the recent Sydney Royal Show Dairy Awards, we were thrilled to win awards for two of our iconic Holy Goat cheeses, Brigid’s Well and Nectar cow/goat semi-hard. Our Brigid’s Well, ash covered, with a wrinkly rind, creamy texture and amazing depth of flavour, is one of our earliest cheeses; we have been crafting herContinue reading “An Ode to Mary and Brigid’s Well”
The terrible summer, all around us, continues. We send love and hope to every dairyfarmer, and to everyone, being affected by these devastating fires. We too, are working on the premise that this summer is the new normal. Every summer prior to this one, we have been putting actions and intentions in place, so weContinue reading “(Having Set Sail for) Hot Days Ahead”
Every week we prepare a cake for our staff meeting. But this cake isn’t for morning tea – it’s a poo cake. This poo cake, together with a milk curd test and specific herd observations, forms the basis of our Obsalim practice and is helping us to produce consistently high quality cheese every day, everyContinue reading “Obsalim Takes the Cake”
Review and reflection is key to how we farm at Holy Goat. We review, reflect and then make well considered change. From the small (how best to sweep the dairy) to the large (implementing a new milking line, or installing a triiion to convert from 2 phase to 3 phase power) making a change onContinue reading “Finding your vocation”
remnant noun 1 they cleared up the remnants of the picnic: remains, remainder, leftovers, leavings, residue, rest; stub, butt, end, tail end; dregs, lees; technical residuum. 2 remnants of cloth: scrap, piece, bit, fragment, shred, offcut, oddment. We try to create an environment on our farm where everyone and everything thrives – people, goats, floraContinue reading “Nothing Scrappy about these Remnants (apart from the Phascogale nest)”