Monday, September 27, 2010

Infamous Goat Story

The book George Bush continued to read during the 9/11 attacks is actually "Reading Mastery II: Storybook 1." The story he was reading was "The Pet Goat." Copies of the book are for sale on Amazon for around $75.00.

How To Avoid a Goat

Wisconsin Tops the 50 States for Dairy Goats!

I just read in an issue of Wisconsin Trail's Magazine that Wisconsin produces more goat milk than any other state.

The Fantome Farm was featured in the piece and was one if not the first farm to sell chevre (soft fresh French style cheese made from goat's milk) made on their farm from milk from their own herd. Chevre means goat in French. Other goat farms selling cheese include:

Blue River Capri Creamery
LaValle Carr Valley
Cross Plains Dreamfarm
Mt. Sterling Goat Cheese
Westby Nordic Creamery

Pearls Before Swine

A famous Goat shares time with me every Sunday as I read the comic "Pearls Before Swine." He goes by Goat, but Wikipedia says his real name is Paris. I feel a special kinship with this goat, since it also states in the same entry that Rat makes fun of him for having a blog no one reads. Ha!

Too Many Pancakes!

As a follow up to my post about Goats on the Roof of Al Johnston's restaurant, I will share a few photos of the actual restaurant.

Outside of the restaurant. It was stormy this day, and so there were no goats on the sod roof. Supposedly once a thunderclap scared a goat off the roof and he ran across the street and into Egg Harbor and Al Johnston had to take a boat out to him to get him back!

Probably a good thing goats can't read.

I won't share the entire Kid's Placemat with you, because I want you to go an check it out yourself, but I will scan in a few cute coloring pictures to give you a taste! (Speaking of taste, do have the Swedish pancakes with lingonberry sauce and a side of meatballs when you go!)


A few weeks ago I picked up a booklet at the co-op of all places, which was promoting the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. This booklet was extremely professionally done, with ads and everything.

I am putting this out there as a bit of a challenge for the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association as well as other goat folk to pull something this extensive together.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


"The Goat Killer" beer is here! The Matacabra in Spain is a North wind that is supposedly wicked enough to kill goats. Dave's Beer Farm in Wilson Wisconsin, near Menominee, has a wind turbine named "Jake" helping to provide power. Farmer / brewer Dave has been crafting a beer for each of the 4 winds - he has already created Harukaze after a Spring Wind from Japan, and Kotura the Lord of the Wind in Siberia. I will have to look for it next time I am at the beer shop.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Iowa County Supports Goats!

Goats have more fun. I have proof. You will see no sheep in these pictures, except to cheer on the goats.

The Iowa County Fair in Mineral Point Wisconsin finished off its yearly run today, with a 1p.m. Goat Costume Class and Agility Contest. The La Mancha you see above was being driven by the reigning champion at the goat agility contest. He ended up finishing third this year. Two young ladies bested him.

The goats had to put at least two feet into the ball pit (you should have seen how some of them flew through the air when the balls startled them!), then up and down the teeter-totter (the course lady watched to make sure they had a gentle time of it), then through the weaving sticks, over a small hurdle, and up and down one last ramp. That last ramp was where I started to get annoyed at the course judge, who took to pushing the goats up and down from behind. If you were a goat being attacked by a mountain lion, wouldn't you freak if someone grabbed your hindquartes? I know I would! There was also a little joshing about one girl "cheating" by resorting to using positive reinforcement (in the form of grain) to lure her goat through the course. Hey. It worked.

This little goat - a miniature I believe, was the best at the course as a whole and ran it twice with two different handlers.

Finally, there was the Costume Class! This was just a few of the contestants. I felt the girl with the ladybug outfit and her bee goat should have gotten a prize - they were the first ones dressed, and her goat kept his deelie-boppers on the whole time. The winners were a boy dressed as a bee with his goat dressed as a field of flowers, a boy dressed as Merlin riding his goat (you can see him in the background - as far as I was concerned, he should not have won since his goat wasn't wearing anything - except a rider!) and the little Knight in the front with the green dragon goat who, I admit, was the cutest.

Sheep sells for big bucks

An ugly sheep recently sold for over $300,000 (click pic to go to story.)

Look at it. It looks like a dog dressed up like a sheep.