OK. So the story you're about to read isn't quite the virgin birth. It's still very impressive:
We have two goat mascots at PlayHaven: Pan and Ginny. Our plans have been to milk Ginny one day, but in order to do so, we knew we would have to bring in a buck to impregnate her, given that Pan no long has the proper equipment. What we've read about goats is that they first must have a kid in order to produce milk.
In the past few weeks, we have noticed that Ginny's udders have been growing. A friend who grew up on a ranch told us that he thought she was producing milk. I asked him to try milking her, just to see, and sure enough, a powerful stream of milk came out of her! It turns out that she is a "precocious milker"--one of those rare female goats who has udder development without kidding. No kidding! We are now starting to milk her on a daily basis. It's an adjustment for all concerned. After all, I grew up in Seattle--not exactly a goat-milking mecca. And Ginny is still getting used to the daily handling of her delicate parts.
Needless to say, though, we're very excited about this development and look forward to the day when we can share some homemade goat cheese with the PlayHaven community.
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