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The TOP 10 Happenings of Grayslland Acres – 2015

#10 We had another fun year here on the farm, getting to show people around the farm and for them to   get a little idea of what a goat farm is all about. We love showing off our animals.

#9 Having animals has its ups and downs. The down side is when we lose pets that we love. This year we lost Peaches, our poodle, & Duke and Dexter, two of our Great Pyrenees. We also lost 8 goats, mostly to parasites

#8 The upside is getting new pets. We now have Jazzy, a cock-a-poo who is keeping Missy company in the house and we have Simba, who is a 10 month old Great Pyrenees and George who is an 8 week old Pyrenees and Anatolian cross. They will be helping Diva keep our goats safe.

#7 We had lots of baby goats this spring and look to have even more this year. Right now we have 9 nannies, 1 buck, 3 doelings and 4 bucklings. For a total of 17!

#6 We have 5 llamas. No new additions this year, but we did sell one that really needed to be an only llama.

#5 Steve retired this year, well he is semi-retired. He can’t retire from the farm, or from the Honey Do List that Myra has for him, that seems to grow instead of getting smaller.

#4 Myra is still at B&E Medical Equipment and couldn’t ask for a better place to work because she is able to take off to take care of things around the farm and sell her product and go to Kenya!

#3 Myra went back to Kenya and had another wonderful mission trip. She has found a comfort zone half way around the world. Don’t be afraid to follow your heart and listen to God!

#2 We have a Great-Grandson named Grayson, his parents are Kyla Grayson & Dustin Cremeans.

#1 We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this year! We are looking forward to many more.

A reminder that if you are on Facebook and are not my friend, please send me a request and be sure to like our GraysLland Acres page (Ll because of the llamas). That way you can keep up with the happenings on the farm.

  • If you get to Oklahoma, stop by and we will let you milk a goat and feed the llamas, and maybe even get a kiss my Myriah the llama.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families!

Remember: JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

Steve & Myra

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Why drink goat milk

Ever wonder why you should drink goat milk? You probably haven’t unless as a child you were given goat milk as an alternative to cow milk.

The questions I hear most often is “What does goat milk taste like?” Being raised on raw cow milk (my parents had a dairy and we milked about 30-35 cows, twice a day) I can honestly say I don’t taste much difference. The main thing is to know what your goats are eating, because when they eat, let’s say onions. Well guess what? Their milk smells like onions. I will admit I did not try to drink the milk, so I can’t say how it tasted, but I know my Great Pyrenees guard dogs were very happy and didn’t care how it smelled, they just enjoyed the treat.

So what are some of the differences in goat milk vs cow milk?

  • The size of the fat globules are different in cow and goat milk. In goat milk there are smaller fat globules than in cow milk. This means goat milk is naturally “homogenized”, and for some people this means the milk is more easily digested
  • Goat milk contains less lactose than cow milk. Lactose is milk sugar that gives it its sweetness. That is why goat milk is a great option for people that have trouble processing lactose since it does contains, less lactose than cow milk, our stomach can digest the goat milk entirely.
  • Children tend to be more sensitive to the amount of lactose in cow milk. According to some studies, goat milk may be a hypoallergenic alternative. I have had more than one mother call to see if we had goat milk. Because it was suggested they try it for their child. In most cases they have become regular customers.

According to one study: 38 children were studied during a 5 month period, some given goat milk and other cow milk The children on goat milk surpassed those on cow milk in weight gain, height, skeletal mineralization, and blood serum contents of Vitamin A, calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and hemoglobin. Similar findings were obtained in studies with rats. A French clinical studied over 20 years with cow milk allergy patients, the conclusion was that substitution with goat milk was followed by “undeniable” improvements.

Additional research suggests goat milk may benefit inflammation. Another reason why, it’s easier for people with bowel inflammation to drink goat milk over cow milk is that goat milk is slightly alkaline, unlike cow milk, which is slightly acidic and fat molecules in goat milk are much smaller than the fat molecules in cow milk.

Did You Know?

  • Another health benefit of goat milk is its closer to a human mother’s milk. It has a chemical make-up that is closer to human milk making it easier for our stomachs to digest
  • According to several sources, goat milk takes (at the most) 30 minutes to digest, compared to 2 hours or more for cow’s milk.
  • Goat milk is an alkaline-forming food. This helps keep the pH level of your body at the proper level. It also acts as an antacid for an occasional bout of heartburn, acid reflux, or other related digestive issues.
  • Goat milk is naturally homogenized so there is no need to homogenize.. Homogenization is a process done to cow milk to equally distribute the fat molecules so that when you purchase a jug from your grocery store it doesn’t have cream floating on the top of your milk like raw milk does. If you put a glass each of fresh goat and cow milk in the refrigerator overnight, the cow milk separates, and the goat milk separates very little. Also when milk is homogenized it causes fat cells to break, releasing a free radical called Xanthine Oxidase. As we know, free radicals aren’t good for you; they cause DNA mutations, among other things.
  • When milk is pasteurized in order to kill any pathogenic bacterial but this also kill all the good bacteria contribute to healthy gut flora and proper digestion. Enzymes and vitamins A, D, and C are also eradicated in the process of pasteurization, and this is why Vitamin D is often added back into cow’s milk. Pasteurization kills the life out of the food, so it basically becomes nutritionless.

When shopping for goat milk, cheese or dairy products in general, read the ingredients. There is no need for any additives, like starches, sugars or preservatives. It’s important to know what we are giving our families, and make informed decisions about our health and overall well being.

Goat milk is a great option – Starting in April 2016 we will have fresh goat milk for sale, from the farm. Let me know if you have any questions. If you are a milk drinker, why not drink a milk that is good for you?

Until next time.

Myra, the Crazy Goat Lady of GraysLland Acres

Reference

http://naturalsociety.com/goat-milk-vs-cow-milk-battle-nutrition/#ixzz3nqTRA9IC

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Tulsa State Fair 2015

We just finished the Tulsa State Fair last week and  had 11 days of “Goat-tastic” fun. The theme at the fair was “goat-tastic” which worked very well for my booth of Made in Oklahoma, goat milk products.

I always enjoy getting to see and talk to everyone and show them any new products I might have. This year there were no new products but I did have some new fragrances of soaps and lotions and some new flavors in my lip balms. Some of the new soaps fragrances include charcoal with tea tree oil; Frankincense and Myrrh; Dragons Blood and more. New lip balm flavors are peach, chocolate and Pina Colada (since Margarita was so popular) Check out the web site for more.

It was a great time for us and I want to thank you for some of the new product suggestions. I am trying to come incorporate some of your suggestions, so keep checking the website to see what has change.

Those of you that visited got to see our new look in the booth. It worked really well for us.

This was the highlight of the fair for me. I got to meet LeAnne Taylor, Alan Crone and Will Kavanagh of Chanel 6 news. LeAnn liked my shirt!

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We were happy to see M C Swab of Fly the Coop. You can visit her blog at www.flythecoop.tv

Fall is in the air, I can tell that because our buck, Butch, is really smelly right now. I have put 5 does in with him, so in about 5 months we will start the birthing season. I have 5 more does to move, but will be waiting until the first of November to do that. As you can see, it will be a busy Spring, but I must say that is my favorite time of year. I love seeing the babies born and watching them grow up. If you would like to plan a farm visit, just let me know when and we will make it work. Of course April and May will be the best time to visit because that is when we will have the most kids.

Myra – the Crazy Goat Lady of GraysLland Acres

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Crazy Goat Lady of GraysLland Acres

A couple of years ago I was given the nickname of “The Crazy Goat Lady”. Isn’t it funny how something will happen in your life and it ends up making an impact?

It all began at the Tulsa State Fair a couple of years ago. On the first day of the fair I saw a lady with a T-shirt on that said “I am one goat shy of being the crazy goat lady” and remarked that I needed that shirt. Well, the next day I came in with a goat puppet that I had ordered before the fair. Of course I was having fun with it, having it “talk” to everyone we would meet. The booth next to mine was Tom and Keith (aka Twisted Family LLC) and when they saw me with the goat puppet, they told me it was official, I WAS the crazy goat lady. I had a lot of fun with my goat puppet, entertaining children and grow ups alike and started referring to myself as the “Crazy Goat Lady”.

Since then I have ordered a shirt that says “I AM the crazy goat lady”. I even went as far as getting my husband one for Christmas that says “I am the Crazy Goats Ladys Husband” and my sister has one that says “I am the Crazy Goat Ladys Sister”. If you can’t have fun with what you do, you should not be doing it.

I love my goats and they are treated more as pets than as livestock. I can be having a bad day and go out, watch the goats and I can’t help but smile and sometimes even laugh out loud. Their daily antics are fun to watch, and then you get the interaction of the Great Pyrenees dogs and maybe a chicken or duck, or even a llama or two. I don’t think I will ever be able to live where I can’t have all of my animals to interact with.

Yes, it is a lot of work and having so many animals, and sometimes it does have its downside. For example, trying to get a first year nanny to get on the milk stand and stand still so you can put the milkers on her can be a real challenge. Or running around the pen trying to catch that last baby goat who has decided it is NOT going in the barn this evening. Or how about having to cut a baby goats head out of the fence because it has stuck its head through the panel (because you know that grass is better than what is inside the pen) and then does not want to back out of it, so you cut the fence. I have even given one of my goats a “stick of shame” this year. This is just a stick that I tapped to her horns so they can’t stick her heads through in the fence. You do what you have to, when you live on a farm and are responsible for the daily lives of your animals.

Being a “farmer” is not for the faint of heart. There are times when you wonder if it is worth all your time and effort when you go out and find that one of your goats is down and you don’t know what is going on. You do your best to doctor them and involve the vet in what needs to be done and then they still don’t make it. This year has been a rough one. We have lost 6 goats. We are doing our best to keep the rest of them healthy, which means mixing them up a cocktail for them to drink every day that we hope will keep them on the healthy road. It is something I came up with and it seems to be working. If you want to know more about it, E-mail me and I can go into more details. I do it for the love of my animals. Sometimes that means we don’t have supper until 9pm.

We love showing off our animals and what we do on the farm, so make plans to come out and visit us. Spring time is when the most action is because mid-March the Kids (baby goats) start arriving. If you have never experienced the birth of an animal or the antics of the little one, you are missing out on a great experience. To me, it is the good life, to others it might just seem like a lot of work. The pay isn’t great, but I would not change it for the world.

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SOAP MAKING, WORLD TRAVELING…

I want to share and article that was written in The Times, Pryor Creek, Oklahoma, Weekend edition, August 8&9, 2015 4E (which I have added a few things to)

By Cyndey Baron – Staff Reporter

There’s not a lot of difference between a goat in Pryor and a goat in Kenya. It may be the only similarity but it’s one Myra Grayson counted on for her second annual journey to Kenya.

During her 12 day trip, Grayson, along with a team of eight through Centerwill of Broken Arrow, spoke at conferences teaching Kenyan women the art of making soap with one of the few resources they have available, goat’s milk. This year’s conferences, she said, was primarily for widows, a group Grayson said is treated much differently In Kenya.

“Many of them were kicked out of their homes by their in-laws and essentially put on the street.” Grayson said

“We also visited an orphanage where we took mattresses, sheets, pillowcases – bedding for (over) 40 kids, many of who were sleeping (without mattresses and some even) on the floor.

OUT WITH THE OLD…

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…IN WITH THE NEW.

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At home Grayson is the proprietor of GraysLland Acres, in Kenya she’s a member of the tribe.

“These women (of the Turkana Tribe), were so excited and grateful they had a ceremony giving us Kenya names (mine was Awoyarot, meaning long way) and making us a part of the tribe.” She said “they went all out. They gave us necklaces, their own necklaces.”

Grayson said she was overwhelmed with the women’s generosity and willingness to give up one of their few worldly possessions.

The (less than) 10-foot-by-10-foot mud huts where they women and their families slept were all the same. This year though, unlike last year, Grayson was ready to come home by the end of the trip.

She said fulfilling is the best word she can use to describe the trip.

The goal, she said, is to continue the women’s conferences. “If something is bothering us, we get together to talk about it with other women. They don’t have that, they feel so isolated and alone. It never occurred to them that other women were going through the same things,” she said.

A trip that started over two years ago with an out-of-the-blue offer at the Tulsa State Fair, will be a yearly tradition for Grayson.

“These women work so hard, have so little and are so generous. You’ll never find happier people than the people of Kneya”, She said.

Grayson has enough happy memeories to hold her over until next year’s trip.

“It’s amazing to me how these women take care of each other”, she said. “They have tough lives, but they don’t seem to know it.”

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Making soap in Kenya

What an amazing trip I had going to Kenya with Bridges International Development. I never, in my wildest dream, thought I would go on a mission trip, especially at the age of 62 to Kenya, Africa. If we just listen to God he will give you more blessing than you ever thought possible. I often wondered why I had such a passion for making goat milk soap and God gave me the answer by allowing me to go on a Soap Making Mission Trip.
Ann and Bob Rosser, did such a wonderful job of planning the trip and it all went so smoothly..

It took 3 plane changes to get to Nairobi, Kenya. We went to Atlanta then to Amsterdam then into Nairobi.  We got into Kenya late in the evening and meet up with the three ladies from Texas that rounded out our group. It was wonderful how God put us all together and how well we worked together.
We spent the night in Nairobi at the Methodist Guest House and our first stop, on our way to Meur, was to a graduation of some of the students that were training to be pastors. It was a Mufu, which is new Embu

When we arrived in Meru we went to the Methodist Bio Intensive Agriculture Training Center. Of course the first thing I found were the goats and I felt right at home. They also grow their own catfish and teach others how they can do it also. In addition to the goats they had a cow, some pigs, chickens and rabbits. They do the sack farming or “garden in a  bag” Kenya 2014 043

 

and have poinsettia TREES!

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We stayed in a dormitory type building with two to a room and were very comfortable. We used the mosquito netting over our beds at night.

We got to meet the Kenyan staff for Bridges and then went shopping for soap supplies. I had to adjust my recipe a little bit, but I will talk about that in a little bit. I was so thankful that I was able to come up with a recipe that I did not need a stove because here is what the stoves looked like.Kenya 2014 760

We had three scheduled women conferences and each of us women had a part in. Teaching the bible and sharing blessing of their lives. I ended up with an additional three classes of soap making. Two of them were at churches. The churches praise and worship time should be called Kenyan aerobics! They put their whole bodies into their singing, and not just at church. At the conferences they sang before we got started with our program. No instruments just beautiful voices that could harmonize! Pastor Jackson told me that my name was “sour milk” in Swahili.

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We had two food reliefs, one near Archer’s Post and the second one at Ngarima. They were both are near the Samburu Game Park so we were able to go there also.
You could hardly see the homes because they blended in with the scenery. I was surprised at the number of people that were waiting for us to arrive. We had armed guards at the first one, but not the second. We sacked up Maize flour, brown beans and cooking oil. If you have never tried to put cooking oil in a plastic bag and tie it without it leaking, let me tell you it is not as easy as they made it look! Of course I found their goats and had to get my picture taken with them. We also brought worm medicine for the children. The people were so appreciative of everything we gave them.

 

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The Samburu game park was wonderful. We spent the night there and their power was from generators so they turned them off at night so we made sure to plug in everything that needed to be charged when we got there. We went out in the evening and again the next morning and it was great seeing the animals is their natural habitat. It was great seeing them in their natural habitat. We did not see any of the big cats, but lots of elephants, giraffes, zebras, gazelles, baboons, monkeys, birds…

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We visited some of the ICAN (Impoverished Children’s Assistance Network). Bridges supports 15 children, helping them with school uniforms and food for the families. It was very emotional to see how these people live, but also very humbling to see how happy they seem to be and so appreciate of any help they are given.       IMG_0389IMG_0613IMG_5430      IMG_1027IMG_0817
Now a little bit about the soap making classes. There was a lot more going on, but this is what my vision was about. It is a very humbling experience when a group of women put on the rubber gloves (that only cost us 97 cents) and starting singing a praise song! I felt so blessed. They all were so interested in what I had to share and were asking questions and really engaged in the class. What a blessing it was for me to see them so eager to learn.

I think every one of us that went on the trip had doubts about going before we got on the plane. That was Satan trying to discourage us. We did great work there and he didn’t want that to happen. But we were strong and did what God wanted us to do.

I also now know what reverse culture shock is. I didn’t have any problem when I got there but I did when I got home. We are so fortunate to live where we do and of all the things that we have. When I looked in my closet I sat on the floor and cried. I have so much and I saw people have so little, and were happy about everything. We can all take a lesson for that. It isn’t what you have, but how you deal with it.

I would like to challenge everyone who reads this to step outside your comfort zone, because God might have another comfort zone for you. I know he did for me. I was not ready to leave, because I did feel so comfortable and at home there. I am looking forward to going back to Kenya, if that is what God has in store for me.

Sorry I have been so slow in getting this posted, but it has been a whirl wind of activities getting my feet back on the ground and back to my “normal” life.  There are more pictures on my Facebook page, so please friend me on my personal page or like the GraysLlandacres page

Thanks for taking time to read this and yes, you can do anything as long as it is what God is leading you to do.

God is good all the time and All the time God is good!

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Soap Making Mission Trip to Kenya

I will be leaving July 20, 2014 for my first mission trip.  I have often wondered why I had such a passion for soap making, I sure am not getting rich from it.  Well last fall at the Tulsa State Fair I found out why.  God has bigger plans for me and my skills of making soap from goats milk.  I was invited to go on a mission trip where I will be teaching the women there how to make soap from goats milk.  What a wonderful experience that will be.

I will be going with Bridges International Development.  They tell me that the women there are very eager to learn any and everything we can teach them. They are planning a Women’s Conference and I will demonstrate soap making there as well as a church and a school in the bush. Cost of the trip will be about $5,000.

Bridges International Development, Inc, is a Christian 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization working to win the heart of Africa for Jesus Christ by training peasant pastors, training women in scripture discipleship, by training women in tailoring and soap making, by assisting vulnerable and abused children.  Bridges has established various economic development projects such as milk goats, chickens, bees keeping, soap making and raising rabbits. You may want to check out their website: http://bridgesid.org/

If you would like to support me on my mission trip you can make a donation to Bridges International Development by making a check out to them and put my name /missions on the memo line.  You can either mail it to me or directly to Bridges International Development (just be sure to put my name/missions on the memo line, so I will know who to thank).

I have added new product to my shopping page.  You can order leather bracelets, that I am making, for $5.00 each.  100% of that money will go towards my mission.  I will be adding other items so keep checking back.  I plan to do bookmarks and cross necklaces.

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BBB Accredited

Grayslland Acres is a BBB Accredited Farm in Pryor, OK

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Sad day

    December 11, 2013 has been a sad evening here at GraysLland Acres.  We have been working with our youngest Llama, Boots, for almost 5 weeks. She was born on 9/10/11 and had four white legs, hence the name Boots.     I was on my way to do a show and drove around the drive to check on the animals and noticed I could not find Boots.  I walked out to the loafing shed and she was down. I went to the house  put on my …”farm” clothes, called Linda and told her what was going on ask her to  called our vet.  We are so lucky to have such great vets at the Salina Animal Clinic.  Mark came by on his way to work and checked her over, gave her at least three shots, took a blood sample and poop sample and said he would call me with the results.  He even helped me carry a bale of hay and water out for her  and put up a cattle panel to keep the other llamas from getting in the way.  He called me about an hour later and said she had parasites (worms) and her red blood count was very low. He suggested that I came over and get, what he called “Geritol for llamas”.  She really liked it so it was not a problem to give it to her every day.
     Thank goodness for good friends like  Roger who came over and helped me catch and vaccinate our other llamas, since Steve was working long hours and was leaving before daylight and getting home after dark.  I had told Roger I might need help trying to get Boots up, but when we finished vaccinating everyone she was up walking around.
     The next day she was down and I was not able to get her up, so I called Linda and she came up, we rigged up a pully system in the shed and I made a sling for her and we tried to pull her up but we could not do it.  The next day we hooked a “come-a-long” to it and that worked really well to get her up so we could work on her legs.  She was getting sores from being on them so long.  I would get her on the sling and we would pull her up and I would doctor and bandage her legs.
   For the next 5 weeks I would go out in the morning and make sure she had plenty of food and water, give her the medicine, clean up her dropping and pack hay around her so she would not fall over on her side.  If she would get on her side, she was not able to get up on her own and we wanted her to be able to cush.
     Every evening, as soon as Steve got home, we would go out, put the sling under her, hook the pully system to it and get her up so I could put medicine on her legs, bandage them and work them in hopes she would not lose use of them.    After a couple of weeks she was still not getting stronger so I had Mark come out again to check her and discovered she still had the parasites.    We tried another wormer and a week later when we took samples in, on Monday, Mark said their was a 95% improvement!  He suggested we keep working her legs and keep giving her the “Geritol”.  I really thought I would be able to save her.    We  moved  a couple of bales of hay to put on each side of her so she couldn’t fall over. When it got so cold I put a cover over her to keep the snow off of her.
   Last night when we got her up in the sling she was having trouble holding her head up.  I went ahead and worked her legs and treated her legs and put new bandages on. She was eating and drinking good.
     Tonight we had trouble getting her on the sling and she did not even try to use her legs.  She could not hold her head up and started gasping for air.  We got her down and made her as comfortable as we could.  Within an hour she was gone.  It was sad, but I could not stand to watch her suffer.  I was just thankful that I was able to be there and she did not have to be alone.
    I love my animals and it is hard when they die, but that is life.
    Sorry this is so long, but writing is good therapy for me.  Thanks to those of you who finished reading this.
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New look to website

We have been busy this spring and summer at GraysLland Acres.  We are very excited to be a “Made in Oklahoma” company, we have had that status for a couple of years now, but are still very excited about it.  We are also a member of Oklahoma Agritourism and Oklahoma Tourism.  If you go to any of those sites you should be able to find GraysLland Acres there.

We had 11 kids (baby goats) born this spring, 9 doelings and 2 bucklings.  We lost a nanny and her baby plus one of the buckling babies.  We kept 4 bucklings and were able to sell the others.  We also bought a new buck, two does and 3 kids.  We kept the buck and does, but sold the others.  It is nice to know that they all went to good homes.

Llamas are doing great and next summer we should have some baby llamas.  We are up to 5 llamas now.  Still have not had a chance to work on my spinning, but this winter that is one of my top priorities.

We have a new Great Pyrenees pup that was a rescue.  Dexter sure is taking good care of the baby goats.  He takes his job very seriously.

We will be at the Mayes County Fair and the Tulsa State Fair, so be sure to come out and say hello.

You can also find us on Facebook.  Be sure to go to the GraysLland Acres page to keep updates on what is going on.

Be sure and look around the website and let me know what you think.  I have a lot of product listed, so if you are wanting to find that unusual Christmas gift be sure and look at the products made from feed sacks and also the llama beans fertilizer.

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