Changes

A quick post to let you all know that with changes at our farm, in our personal lives (still happily married, but now caregiving for three 80-pushing-90 year old parents), and my switch to writing fiction (yes, you heard it here) I am unlikely to be doing many new blog posts on farmy-cheesy topics. But … Continue reading Changes

The FDA’s Food Safety Plan Builder – Cheesemaker’s Perspective

Perhaps you’ve heard of the free software being provided by the FDA to help food producers develop an in depth food safety plan, called Food Safety Plan Builder, or FSPB for short. I had been eagerly awaiting its release, which happened in August 2017. This article will share my experience of working with the software … Continue reading The FDA’s Food Safety Plan Builder – Cheesemaker’s Perspective

Goat Midwifery – an Excerpt from “Holistic Goat Care”

To Pre-order Holistic Goat Care (out early June 2017) visit the book's listing at Chelsea Green Publishing or Amazon The Assisted Delivery  Over the years I have become quite good at sorting out kids tangled up inside the womb and successfully delivering them. There’s no way to develop competence at assisting during difficult deliveries, though, without having … Continue reading Goat Midwifery – an Excerpt from “Holistic Goat Care”

Aging Cheese on Wood Shelves and Food Safety – a Non-Issue

As a person who tends to want to follow rules, it is sad to be reminded that a good portion of food production regulations have little to do with actual food safety, rather they are the result of a ponderous, rigid system that steam rolls forward, sometimes based more on the ease of generalizing rather than the … Continue reading Aging Cheese on Wood Shelves and Food Safety – a Non-Issue

Once a Day Milking – a Viable Option for Quality of Life

Think about it, 75-80% of the milk for about half the labor, half the chemicals, half the grain, AND evenings (or mornings) with a few extra hours of "free" time. Once a day milking (OAD), as opposed to the more conventional twice a day (TAD), is a popular option in several other countries as a … Continue reading Once a Day Milking – a Viable Option for Quality of Life