Jekuthiel (jeh-kooth-ee'-el) means -- God will support "And do not seek what you shall eat, and what you shall drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek for His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you." ---- Luke 12:29-31
"and there will be goat's milk enough for your food" ---- Proverbs 27:27a
Welcome to Jekuthiel's Dairy! As of August 27, 2007, I am now a licensed Grade A Goat Dairy!
Click here to see a close up of my new dairy sign done by Gathering Wood, shown in the picture! The craftsmanship is BEAUTIFUL!
I hand milk a SMALL herd of registered Nubian & LaMancha goats that produce wonderfully tasting, sweet, whole milk! We practice natural methods with our herd health and cleaning (hydrogen peroxide) as much as possible. No chlorine or bleach here! You can see what our girls are fed on the goat page.
My herd is CAE, CL & Johnes negative and is tested yearly through WSU (Oct 2009 was the first year we tested for CL & Johnes). The girls are also tested yearly for for TB & Brucellosis, per the Grade A requirements in WA State (Q-Fever was also added to this list in 2008), and have all tested negative (current testing was done Jan 3, '12 NEG!). The State also takes monthly samples of my milk and tests for non-specific coliform, total plate count of bacteria, somatic cell count, anti-biotic residue, listeria, salmonella and e coli 0157:H7. The requirements in WA State for RAW milk are well below the limits allowed for milk that is sold to a processor where it is pasteurized. My coliform tests have come back 'non detectable' when I send them to a local lab (the State will no longer give us our monthly results, because the 'big' dairies have lobbied agains us 'small' dairies getting our results). I have never had CL in the herd. I have chosen not to vaccinate.
I'm usually milking between 2-8 does through the year. I do not bred all my does at once, but staggering the breedings (kiddings are usually from January - April) so that we always have at least some milk in supply. Though it will be LOW during the Winter months, as does dry off 2 months before kidding again.
I bottle my milk in glass half gallon & quart jars w/ the white plastic lids, single use half gallon, & quart plastic milk bottles.
My milk has a 14 day best used by date on the label, as you have to put some type of date on there. Personally, I have drunk my milk (when kept COLD, usually just above freezing) 3-4 weeks or more later and it still tastes as sweet and fresh as the day it was milked!
** $20.00/ptLIMITED supply of Colostrum, frozen in pint bottles (currently 9 available)
In the left column I have included the link to my picture journal of us building the Dairy from start to finish. I have also included some other links and books that may be of interest regarding RAW milk.
Hope you enjoy your time looking around, come back and visit us again!
Jessica Howard, owner
Located near Shelton, WA (45 min NW of Olympia)
A view of the porch and customer fridge.
Milkroom- view from the doorway.
Milkroom - view around the corner.
Milking Parlor- first set of girls are out
and ready to be milked.
You can see the handwashing sink
in this shot.
now on to the second set of girls!
Milk running through the filter
before being bottled.
Milk bottled and chilling in the ice water bath.
Along with my temperature control jug.