A couple weekends ago, Ben and I visited the Chilako Nubians’ Farm in Prince George. We read about their dairy goats and soaps in the Prince George Free Press in the winter and contacted Brad and Trisha to arrange a visit in the spring. I couldn’t wait, but the timing of our visit was perfect! I had the chance to spend time with baby goats (kids), does and learn more about their sustainable farming practices. As we arrived, Trisha welcomed us into her home, where she had all the baby goats (kids). They were really curious and full of energy! I was so distracted by the goats, it took me a while to start asking Trisha about her farm, goats and soaps. Trisha and her husband, Brad, have been raising purebred Nubian goats in their 160 acre farm since 2009. The goats were initially a gift for taking care of their friends horses. They now have about 20 registered Nubians at their farm (plus the new kids!). There is a large barn for the does and a fenced area of about 30 acres. The fences ( wood and page wire) are not that high and are not electric.
Trisha mentioned that she has never had problems with goats jumping fences. She takes the goats on walks along their property and lets them browse on different areas while supervised. Two guard dogs take good care of the goats. Although there are coyotes, cougars and bears in the area, they have never had issues with predators attacking the goats. Different areas of the farm are off limits to the goats, like along the river riparian zone. Trees and sapings in the propperty are fenced off to prevent goats from eating them as much as possible. To meet their nutritional requirements, the goats are also fed alphalpha hay, grains, minerals and kelp. Overall, the goats are naturally raised and local feed is sourced as much as possible.
Nubians are dairy goats known for the high butterfat content of their milk. The total milk volume produced is on average less than other dairy breeds, but it is creamier. I had previously read that Nubians were one of the loudest goat breeds and was expecting a loud heard of goats at the farm. Instead, I met quiet and friendly goats. I asked Trisha about the loud trait known for Nubians and she was quite surprised. She explained that her goats are very quiet, lazy and friendly. So not only are they cute, produce creamy/high quality milk, but they are also friendly! They definitely looked like happy goats. Cherub wanting more attention. So friendly and cute! Taking good care of goats can be challenging given the ammount of parasites they are suceptible to and their nutritional requirements. But Trisha and Brad do a great job and love their goats nonetheless. CHILAKO NUBIAN GOAT MILK SOAP
Brad milks the goats and the kids are bottle fed to make sure they receive propper nutrition. This time of the year, all the milk goes to feeding the kids, but as the kids are weaned off, the milk is used to make artisanal goat milk soap. Trisha is the soap-maker. She uses 36% goat milk in each batch of soap, which is as much goat milk as she can possibly add. She also uses high quality essential oils for the soaps which are available in seven different scents. The end product is a creamy luxurious goat milk soap! For more information about these Chilako Nubians and their goat milk soaps, check out their webpage www.chilakonubians.com and facebook page www.facebook.com/ChilakoNubians Many thanks to Trisha and Brad for having us at their farm!