Open House/Farm Visit! Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 2 to 5 PM. Come visit our family farm and see our goats, cows and chickens! Family friendly event so all are welcome. Learn how to milk a goat, taste some goat cheese and try goat therapy! We will have all of our products available for purchase, including our awesome Cajeta, a homemade caramel sauce made with our goats milk. Also enjoy live music from Jody Stapleton. Jody is a local singer/songwriter who blends elements of southern folk, gospel and country into a harmony of modern sounds. Come enjoy listening to Jodys folk/Americana sound and maybe a hayride if the weather is nice too! 5057 State Route 133, Batavia, Ohio 45103 Call 513-260-4352 with questions. Here are some of the photos from the event!
Pine Lane Farm was priviledged to welcome Steve Wescott and his pack goat Leeroy Brown. The County Kids 4H Club is hosted Steve and Leeroy to learn about an awesome project called Needle 2 Square. Steve and Leeroy walked across the county from the Space Needle in Seattle to Times Square in New York. Seems quite odd, but Steve is a Christian and kind of a missionary, bringing awareness and raising funds for an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. This Uzima Outreach in Kenya serves addicts and the starving children of addicts. Steve hopes to raise enough money to purchase a small farm in Kenya that will help the children prosper. So all are welcome to attend and hear about Steve and Leeroys adventures. They were in Cincinnati (the end of August, 2015) and we were excited to meet them both. Check out Needle2square.com for more information.
Because of our involvement with the Ohio State University Extension Office, we were also chosen to represent Clermont County in the Ohio Women in Agriculture Learning Network. This is part of OSU Extension’s Ohio Sustainable Ag Farm Tour Series, which will take place throughout Ohio from June through October. Approximately 24 farms throughout Ohio are chosen to offer open house/farm tours and educational classes throughout the summer for Ohio residents. Our open house/farm tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2-15 from 2 – 5 pm. All are welcome!
The ladies of Pine Lane Farm have recently been selected to represent Clermont County at this year’s Farm Science Review OSU Extension Women in Ag Team “100 Faces of Women in Agriculture” feature. This will be showcased in the Firebaugh Building at the Women in Agriculture Team Display as an interactive display for everyone to peruse. Thanks to OSU extension for recognizing our 40 years of farming in Clermont County! We will be featured at the Ohio Farm Science Review in September 2015. Thanks to all of our loyal customers for supporting local women farmers year after year!
We have lots of goats! They are all registered with the American Dairy Goat Association and we take care of them all year. The goats are bred in the fall and give birth in the spring. The gestation period is 5 months. When the kids (babies) are born, the does (mothers) produce milk. It is important for kids to have milk right away.
We raise Toggenburg and Saanens. Both are good strong dairy breeds known for their capacious udders. Goat milk is high in fat and this fat, when added to the oils in the soap ingredients, make a moisturizing and gentle soap.
Saanen goats are a white or cream-colored breed of dairy goat named for the Saanen valley in Switzerland. Saanens are the largest of the dairy breeds. Does typically weigh 150 pounds. The Saanen breed also produces the most milk on average, and tends to have a lower butterfat content, about 2.5%–3.0%. A Saanen doe can produce a gallon of milk a day. They are commonly used for commercial milking. The Saanen temperament is calm and mild mannered. Saanen goats are easy for children to handle, and are popular in the showmanship classes due to their calm nature. They typically breed every year, producing one or two kids.
Regardless of color, the Saanen breed is large and big-boned, but graceful and refined in bone, the ears are erect, and the nose is straight or dished. Both does and bucks usually have beards unless trimmed for a show, and horns (as do most other breeds), unless dehorned at birth. Saanen goats appear on Farmville, a popular facebook game.
Toggenburgs are generally brownish with a white stripe up the face and are named for the region of Toggenburg, Switzerland where they orginated. Toggenburgs generally have compact bodies, and does should have high, well-attached udders. They should have straight or dished faces, but never roman noses. Toggenburgs are generally a friendly, quiet and gentle breed, and are good as pets. Although Toggenburgs generally produce a bit less milk than some other breeds, it is higher in butterfat.
Some kids are raised on bottles and some continue to nurse. When we milk, we always wash the udder and teats first. We milk every morning. When the milking is done, each teat is covered with iodine to keep out infection. The milk is either fed back to the babies or used for soap. All our milk used for drinking or cheesemaking is pasteurized, which kills any harmful bacteria.
Local Charitable Contributions: As a small local business, we are committed to supporting members and groups in our community who struggle. We regularly donate soaps to Milford/Miami Ministries, James Sauls Homeless Shelter, Adopt a Soldier programs and the Clermont County YWCA Pantry. In addition, we have assisted local 4H clubs and the NKU Jazz Program with fundraising.
For more information, contact us at 513-260-4352.