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Fiordland Te Anau Farm – Recent Farm Photos November 2015

Milk Relief Soap Fiordland Te Anau Farm – Recent Farm Photos November 2015

Milk Relief Soap Fiordland Te Anau Farm November 2015

A mother goat – Doe – with her Sable Saanen kids, one coloured and one white.

We’re very sure it doesn’t matter what colour the Saanen goat is, the milk is white, and if they are Sable (coloured) Saanen, that just adds some variety to the scenery. The goat milk makes a very mild soap with a PH level similar to human skin.

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Peter and Heidi look after goats for daily food

We look after goats for your daily soap!

Heidi book goat photo

Milk Relief Soap is made with Swiss goats that date their ancestry to the 1974 New Zealand Herd Register. Their ancestors arrived in New Zealand from England, but before that they came from Switzerland.


This beautiful illustration is from page 11 of the DK Classics book, “Heidi”.

Life on our farm is a little bit different to life on a Swiss mountainside, but it is remote up here, and we love it.

Just recently we’ve been dealing with one goat who is determined to climb up fences. Yes, up, not just jump. Climb up the sheep netting. The problem is that the netting becomes loose and then buckles, and then “Hey Presto” up she goes! Of course electrics would help. But for my own safety as much as theirs, I’d prefer not to use electrics if we can avoid it.

Even though electric fences don’t hurt animals, it can give human adults such a surprise if they touch it in the wrong part of the body, like the lower back, they jump anywhere from 3-5 yards in fright!

The idea behind fencing is that goats can eat too much green grass at once. So they are supposed to be kept back from too much. What we’ve found though is that feeding them a lot of dry matter in the morning, (hay, for example) can help curb their lush grass eating. But we still get rotund bellies, and as a general guideline, fat goats don’t have babies! No babies, no milk for your soap!

We need fences to protect our stuff! See how that goat in the middle of the illustration is sniffing Peter’s bag. She’d be after the nobbly bits, and then she’d try out the leather for any minerals it had. They don’t eat anything, but they do eat a lot of things we prefer they didn’t!

So that’s the farm update. We hope you enjoyed it. We also hope we can provide some more in the near future.

We wish you all the best wherever you, Autumn, or Spring.

Bye for from the Smith Family Soap Maker’s farm.

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Goat farm update May 2013

Victoria the little one

Victoria the little one

It’s Autumn – Fall here in New Zealand. We live in the Southern Hemisphere, up near some small mountains.
So we had ice on the ground this morning, and our goats have already been sent to the bucks for “marriage”. Without the “nanny” milking goats going to see the male “billy” goats most nannies will never produce any milk.

The female kid you see in the picture above has been hand reared on the milk from her fellow goats. She lives with her grandmother, but her mother lives on another farm. She is the smallest of the kids we have from her generation. We only have one smaller goat than her.

Because goats are herd animals, unless they stay with their mother in the herd continuously they quickly lose family connections in favour of their place in the herd. So although this goat, Victoria, is here with her Grandmother, they don’t usually spent much time together. She is therefore an orphan.

Victoria has been drinking from a bottle, with a rubber teat. Today she ate the teat! (Better a rubber teat than a nanny’s udder).

As you can see in the photo, Victoria is rather small. But that photo is not an up to date photo. For a photo from today, the last day of bottle fed herd milk, see below.

Milk Relief Soap™ Kid Photo May 2013

Milk Relief Soap™ Kid Photo May 2013

So that is the farm update for May 2013. We hope you like it, and feel free to share our page on Facebook, or email, or add a link to your blog, or Google+ if you have it.

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I was ready to give up finding a natural soap

I was ready to give up finding a natural soap

Natural care for eczema and psoriasis.

“I got to the stage where I was determined to find a natural soap without chemicals for my son that wouldn’t break him out in eczema.”

I got to the stage where I was determined to find a natural soap without chemicals for my son that wouldn’t break him out in eczema. I’ve tried soaps world famous for their gentleness on the skin. Famous olive oil, castile, and goat milk soaps. Every one of them caused me to itch with a rash from head to toe.

Everything broke me out on the skin

While waiting for my order to arrive I purchased another goats milk soap in the States which came in 3 days. Although it had very pure ingredients (olive oil and goat milk) it caused little circular eczema patches on my skin, and my left arm. My biggest frustration in my search for a natural soap was that everything broke me out on the skin.

I am very impressed with how it doesn’t irritate mine, or my sons skin.

Milk Relief Soap™ is great! Your soap is so gentle I can use it on my face, and and as shampoo on my son. It was the first time he didn’t scream that soap was in his eyes. With every other shampoo or soap (even after its been rinsed ) it still gets in his eyes when the water streams down his face even though I thought I had rinsed him clean? It’s a constant battle washing his hair, and look forward to tearless shampooing.

Sarah B.
Mclean, VA, USA

Now that you’ve read about one person’s experience with Milk Relief Soap™ perhaps you’d like to know what the soap is made of. Check out the ingredients page, and you’ll see what all the fuss is about – you can eat all up two of the ingredients. All the other ingredients are organic, and food grade. We don’t put cheap ingredients in this soap.

So take the hint, and check out the ingredients now by clicking on the red button below.

Click here!

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Welcome to our new website

Happy goats

Our goats graze freely all year round

We welcome you to our new website. We kept it simple and practical, just like Milk Relief Soap™. Many people worldwide suffer from various skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne and very dry or sensitive skin, and it is our prayer that more and more stores around the world will find Milk Relief Soap™ and will be able to stock it for their customers.

Here in Canterbury, New Zealand, we’ve just had an unusually hot summer, but we think the swim we had at a nearby river a couple days ago was probably our last dip in water until next summer. Autumn is here to stay now, and the days are already getting colder.

Victoria, one of our doe kids, was already showing signs of being in heat yesterday, although we won’t be breeding any of this season’s kids until next autumn. We think it’s a lot kinder on young goats to let them grow till around 18 months before we breed them.

Eleanor, our yearling, is a maiden milker. A maiden milker is a young doe who can produce milk without ever giving birth to kids. She has already joined the ranks of our regular milkers sometime ago. She is giving a couple of litres (you may understand 2 quarts better) of delicious creamy milk every day.

Several weeks ago, we were surprised to find the growing udder of our not-yet-4-months-old kid Rosabelle! She and her twin sister (now 5 1/2months old) are still not completely weaned by their mother, but Rosabelle is already giving us around 2-3 cups of milk each time we milk her. So we now have 2 maiden milkers in our herd.

All the does are eating like a horse and getting ready for the breeding season which could be only a couple of weeks away. The start of a doe’s 3-week heat cycle is dictated by the shorter days and longer nights, and we are watching all the does very closely these days so that we don’t miss the signs.

 

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