My family and I
raised Alpine dairy goats for nearly 30 years under the
Allenfarmstead herd name. During that time we built up one of
the top show herds in New York and New England. Our Alpines were
known for the large quantity of milk they produced and for the
correct conformation that they passed on to their offspring from
generation to generation. Today, a large number of the NYS
Alpine herds, as well as other herds from all across the
country, have Allenfarmstead animals in their pedigrees.
In 2005, we
retired and decided to sell off the herd so we could travel in a
motor home. At that time, we had a large supply of goat milk in
the freezer so I took a class in Cold Process Soap Making and
began experimenting with recipes. I have since perfected a rich,
creamy soap that cleanses and nourishes the skin without drying
it out. View the Benefits
of Goat Milk Soap
Page for more information.
Several of my
customers have commented that after using the soap for a short
period they no longer felt the need to use lotion. And a few
customers, suffering from eczema, said that it has improved their
condition; when they asked their dermatologist about it, he said
he didn't know why the goat milk soap would have that effect,
but if it works, to keep using it.
Since I no
longer have my own herd of goats, I trade bars of soap for
gallons of milk with a friend who still has a herd of goats.
This system works well for both of us. She doesn't have time to
make soap and I can make soap without the daily chore of
maintaining a herd of goats.