Goat Milk Bath and Beauty

  (Oakboro, North Carolina)
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What a snow season that was

I say WAS because we're hoping that the snow is all gone for the season. Those of us who made it through the season are stronger and our hearts are with the goats that didn't make it. Each passing has been logged in our chronicle of lessons learned.

I already conduct fecal tests on the herds so I know which dewormer to use. All I gotta do is monitor the goats that have a higher propensity for getting worms. Buttressing their immune system is always a good idea.

I'll deworm for stomach worms and coccidia at the beginning of the season as well as through the season, keep hay as a free feed, and somehow keep water in the barn throughout the snow storm (easier said than dun) but I have a few months to figure this out.

I learned that keeping free feed minerals and red cell is helpful. For the goats that want/like these treats, it's available for them.

Hauling water the four different pens was our biggest challenge. But next year that will not be an issue. Like I said earlier, I've got a few months to figure this our then get it fixed before next winter. Note: need longer, shallow troughs with heaters in them instead of deeper bucket-types so more goats can drink at one time.

But for the most part, being snowed in the the family for two days was delightful. We napped with the dogs, read for the first time in a while, and watched a movie or two. Mind you, we did this in between barn yard visits. We had already setup the heat lamps in each barn so our critters could curl up under them ... if they wanted to.

Our silly horse chose to stay outside most of the time. Go figure. Silly horse ... love that guy. We absolutely must get a saddle one of these days so we can ride that little bugger. I say little, he's a Walker and a tall one at that. I'll measure the hands one of these days. I'm 5-4 and his wethers is still over my head. Sigh ... .

Enjoy the late winter and stay warm,

Pat n Bob of the Sleeping Dog Ranch


Goat Milk Olive Oil Soap Made for Baby Soft Skin

Nurture products are our most gentle soaps because they contain only one oil: olive.

Known for centuries as a healing oil, olive oil is rich with antioxidants and vitamin E. Both are nutritional powerhouses that protect against age-accelerating free radicals.

Our most gentle soap, Nurture products are designed for newborn or elder care skin care.

Nurture soaps contain borax for it's antifungal properties and glycerin because it chemically attracts hydrating properties in the olive oil leaving you with softer skin.

The gentleness of olives combined with the richness of goat milk vitamins, minerals, and proteins, leaves you with a pH balanced, creamy soap that moisturizes and enriches sensitive, dry baby smooth skin.

I personally make all my soaps in small batches so I can monitor the chemistry, coloring, and design closely. I'm an artist at heart, so each batch will more than likely look a bit different from next. So, please look for varying colors or swirls from batch to batch. However, please rest assured that our formulas remain the same.


New Guys are in Town

Sleeping Dog Ranch Nubians has several handsome guys growing into their upcoming jobs. Ah, that would be breeding with the ladies. Interesting how so many fellows were born for this work. However, our breeding program is highly competitive and only a select few will be chosen.

These two little guys are in the running and they have no idea how lucky they are. Boys are selected based on their mama’s udder, their confirmation, coloring, and disposition.

The cream colored guy, Swift, is my main selection from the 2009 babies. That is, if he continues developing well.

The brown buck, Wilson, is another strong contender.

Swift is a little skittish and hard to catch so we’re all holding him as often as possible. I don’t chase goats so if he wants to be a breeder, he’ll have to settle down. Wilson, on the other hand, is easy to catch, is a good smoocher, and a true lover.

Our main man, Bucky, is getting older and will be retiring soon. He’s earned his retirement. Ah … that is IF he will retire. We’ll see.

But these little guys must make it through the winter. We lost two promising bucks last January. Even though we’ll be applying every lesson learned to keep the guys alive and developmentally on track; in the end, they have to be strong enough to make it -- on their own.

Their ability to survive is part of the selection process. Tuffffff, I know, but a requirement. As a breeder, I want these little guys to survive and be strong but I can only do so much. It's that strength that we're building into our herd.

Also, we have three more boys in the running but right now they're just a little too young to know for sure. We'll be watching them, too.

I’ll be happy to let you know how these guys develop over the next several months.

Stay tuned,
Pat Allen

How Goat Milk Soap Soothes Your Skin

Rich in emollients goat milk soap is a natural way of retaining your skin's suppleness. With a higher number of milk fats being captured at the molecular level during the saponification (making soap) process, goat milk produces an oil-rich soap.

Increasing the oil-richness even more, we use goat milk noted for having a higher fat content than other goat breeds. Our Nubian goat milk contains 5 percent fat in addition to Vitamin A, Provitamin B5, Folic Acid (B9), C, D, E, and K - natural ingredients that nourish, condition, and moisturize your skin. Below describes the benefit of each vitamin:
  • Vitamin A improves collagen density, skin elasticity, tone, texture, lines and wrinkles, smoothes skin surface;
  • Provitamin B5 attracts moisture to hair and skin, and has regenerating and softening effects;
  • Vitamin C protects from oxidant damages, skin-lightening, anti-inflammatory effects, improves skin elasticity;
  • Vitamin D sustains healthy skin tissue;
  • Vitamin E protects from oxidant damages, is moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and offers healing & anti-aging effects;
  • Vitamin K is known for its blood coagulating properties; and
  • Folic acid (B9) is essential in healthy skin cell development, growth, and maintenance of new cells.
Every product we make at GraNann Spa Essentials (a division of Gran' Nanny's Goat Milk Soaps) begins with goat milk because we strongly believe in its benefits.
For Delicate, Baby Soft, or Elder Skin we recommend our Nurture Goat Milk Soaps. With Nurture Goat Milk soaps, we've taken the holistic approach to skin care because I make it with only one oil: OLIVE OIL, known for centuries as a healing oil.
Unscented, Nurture Goat Milk  Soaps are made with premium food-quality ingredients:
For more information about these all-natural soaps, please visit our website. 

Wishing you creamy, soft skin,

Pat Allen, President
GraNann Spa Essentials
A Division of Gran' Nanny's Goat Milk Soaps, Inc. 
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