Introducing Nienke, a 22-year-old Dutch goat milk farmer. She is a remarkable young lady who discovered her interest at a young age. She loves her goats and gets a lot of affection in return. She is proud of what she has accomplished in a short amount of time. Today, we'll observe Nienke as she goes about her daily activities, discover more about the goats and what they eat, and take a tour of her farm. This is her narrative.
I knew working with goats was my calling from the very first day. Oldie and Oldie, two very remarkable goats, were the foundation of my farm when I was 19 years old. I know I shouldn't have favorites, but I do because they are still with me. 200 lambs and 750 goats have since been added to my farm. Even though raising goats requires a lot of hard work and long days, seven days a week, I wouldn't trade it for anything.
The daily routine
Twice a day, at 5:30 in the morning and 7:30 in the evening, my crew and I milk our goats (5:30 PM). Some of the goats are still asleep when I get there early in the morning, but since they are creatures of habit, most of them anticipate my arrival at 5:30 AM sharp.
Each goat produces 4 liters of milk every day, and each milking procedure takes around two and a half hours. The milk is then collected into a tank with a capacity of 12,000 liters and delivered to the factory every three days.
Goats are allowed to eat as much as they want of the grass that is harvested from the farm's surrounding pastures. Since goats are picky eaters, it's crucial that the food they consume tastes nice. In order to ensure that my goats are eating an ideal diet, I also collaborate with a trained food advisor to provide them extra vitamins and minerals. Naturally, there is an endless supply of water.
About My Farm
The welfare of animals is very important to me. I think the farm itself needs to be well-lit and spacious to allow my goats to walk around without restriction. Every morning, a fresh layer of straw is added to the goats' bed to keep it warm and comfortable.
My goats are gregarious, humorous, and inquisitive creatures who are separated into 200 groups. They are frequently engaged in activities like tripping over one another, playing with the bins I set up for them as a playground, or standing beneath one of the many brushes to take care of themselves. People adore it! When I'm on the farm, they always come to me and can be mischievous by nibbling at my clothes. They show me such a lot of affection.
Many people told me I was too ambitious at a young age, but I am incredibly proud when I walk around here. My goats and I go very well together – we are all very stubborn. I never get bored working with goats, and it is just lovely.
Kabrita is grateful to work with dedicated farmers like Nienke, and we’re proud to share her story with you.