This little piece of heaven is situated in the Zusterstroom valley, adjacent to the Gousberge, on the banks of the Wilge River. Hestie Van Biljon and her family farm with goats, rabbits and chickens. Her four children, which she home schools, are all involved in the farming operations. The animals are very well taken care of. All the goats have little name tags, the chickens run around all over the place and the rabbits look very content. They only slaughter limited quantities of rabbit a month.
Twice a day they milk 17 goats. The breeds are Saanen – (white and generally gives the highest milk yield), British Alpine – (black and white which are Hastie’s favourites, have high butterfat content and therefore good for cheese making) and then the Toggenburgs (brown and white, same butterfat content and Betty, her daughters favourites).
Ansie, a British Alpine, is the best producer, providing around 4 liters per day. Elsa, despite having the largest appetite, is the worst producer with under a litre a day but she is a part of the family so that’s also fine by Hestie.
There is a lovely energy on this little small holding and I look forward to a long relationship with the Van Biljon family.