Dairy goat farm succeeds in cheese and milk production

first_imgJust north of the Illinois border in Gratiot, Wisconsin, Sara Aide and Duane Segner’s 600-head dairy goat farm, Never Enuf Dairy, rests off Highway 78. Every morning at 4:45 a.m., Aide and Segner begin the busy day of feeding, milking and caring for their animals.advertisementadvertisement Segner and Aide started their dairy goat herds individually but have combined their herds in the last two years and expanded in size to a total of 600 head, milking 230 head daily. In April 2014, the couple purchased property that was formerly a sheep farm and have been transitioning it to Never Enuf Dairy ever since.Segner and Aide came together through goats and the fortune of a help-wanted ad. In early 2013, Segner put out an ad in the local newspaper asking for help milking his herd.“I milked for him a couple times, he asked me out on a date, and we’ve been together ever since,” Aide says. Segner and Aide are the only two who operate the large dairy farm, completing chores like milking and feeding in only two hours’ time.Never Enuf Dairy is gaining wide recognition in their community for outstanding milk production, tasty cheeses and happy goats. Having only been in operation for two years, their accomplishments in the business are admired by their community.Aide and Segner credit their success to the time and effort they put into each animal.advertisement“We spend a lot of time with the animals making sure they get the best care we can offer, and in return, they give us the best-quality milk,” Aide says.According to Aide, their goats produce around 8 to 9 pounds of milk a day, while commercial goat dairies are producing 4 to 5 pounds.The couple has produced three types of cheeses with their goats’ milk: “GoEdder,” a yellow cheddar; “Just Kidding,” a combination of Swiss and Gouda; and “Need Mor,” a Parmesan.Though goat cheddar is usually white, to magnify on their brand and uniqueness, Aide and Segner made their GoEdder cheddar yellow to set them apart.While Never Enuf cheeses are in a few local stores around Gratiot, the plan is to expand to farmers markets this upcoming summer. Aide said the goal is to eventually produce other products such as fresh cheeses, yogurts and ice creams.“We would like to come up with different mixtures than what is out there now,” Aide says. “Just like our No Mor, no one else in the U.S. [that we know of] makes Parmesan out of goats’ milk.”advertisementAide and Segner hope to have a milk and cheese processing plant constructed within five years at their farm. Currently, Hook’s Cheese Company in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, makes all of Never Enuf’s cheeses. The dairy also sells their milk to Montchevré, a cheese plant that relies on more than 360 independent family goat dairy farms.Along with quality care, genetics, feed and nutrients play a big part in generating the Never Enuf happy and healthy goats. The dairy currently has a variety of breeds such as Alpines, Lamanchas, Saanens and Nubians on the farm.“We have really been upping the genetics in our Nubians and crossbreeding for the milk components,” Aide says. “We have the milk behind them already with their genetics, but we want to change the components of the milk to get more solids for the cheeses and different products.”Aide says they are eagerly waiting for the next-generation kids to begin milking to see the effects of the crossbreeding. Kidding starts in October and ends the first part of June at Never Enuf, creating a year-round kidding for optimal milk production.Although Aide and Segner both grew up on dairy cow farms, they made the transition to goats for a few reasons. Aide invested in goats five years ago due to her son’s skin issues with food ingredients, and Segner became interested in starting his own herd to employ himself and start a business.“Going from nothing to what we are right now is our greatest accomplishment,” Aide says. “Taking the best care of our animals, and breeding high-quality genetics will always be the reason for that.” PDNicole Van Lith is an agricultural communications and journalism student at Utah State University.PHOTOSara Aide and Duane Segner came together through goats and the fortune of a help-wanted ad.Photo courtesy of Sara Aide.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving’s Third Quarter Pushes Cavs to Game 4 Win

first_img Ashley Bastock With about 6:46 to go in the second quarter, things were not looking good for the Cavaliers.LeBron James had just recorded his fourth foul in the first half, (a first for him) and on the next possession Cleveland found themselves down by 13 points.The Cavs ended the half only down by 10, thanks to Kyrie Irving. Without him, it would have been a lot worse, and the Cavaliers likely wouldn’t have walked away with a 112-99 victory over the Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.Irving finished the night with a new career playoff high 42 points on 15-of-22 shooting, half of which came in the third quarter.Following the win, Irving said that he just got in a zone, and it seemed like it was out of necessity.“You almost hit … like a runner’s high, where you get so juiced up when you see a few shots going in, and then you feel the emotion kind of takeover, and then shots just start to fall in,” Irving said.“I’m saying to myself, ‘They cannot tie up this series. They cannot. We cannot go to Boston 2-2, and then it becomes almost an even series.’”Irving on his scoring run: “you almost hit like a runner’s high” pic.twitter.com/bL8Fy4noi0— Ashley Bastock (@AshleyBastock42) May 24, 2017Irving ended the second quarter scoring 12 of the Cavs’ final 14 points without James in the game. Those 12 points would just pave the way for his offensive onslaught in the third.When the Cavs came back from the locker room after halftime, Irving seemed perfectly content to put the team on his back and tell them to come along for the ride.Whether it was carving the Boston defense to bits with his signature shake-and-bake drives to the basket, or spreading the Celtics defense while hitting three-pointers, Irving proved once again that he can be depended upon when the Cavs, or James, face adversity.“I’ve been saying he’s a special kid. He’s a special talent. As the stakes get higher and higher, his game gets higher and higher,” James said.“He rose to the occasion, and he put the team on his back, and we definitely needed that effort from him.”James on Irving: “As the stakes get higher and higher, his game gets higher and higher.” pic.twitter.com/vFKIY15YcD— Ashley Bastock (@AshleyBastock42) May 24, 2017“This was a special night for him. It’s tough to put into words,” Kevin Love said.In the third quarter, Irving scored 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting. Behind Irving’s play, the Cavs increased their shooting percentage from 47.2 percent at the half to 57.9 percent heading into the final twelve minutes of the game, with an 87-80 lead.The third quarter wasn’t all positive, however. One scary moment (albeit brief) was Irving rolling his ankle after going up for a layup. He would later get up, and jog off the apparent injury.“I wasn’t coming out for any margin,” Irving said. “I wasn’t coming out.”While Irving only scored three points in the fourth quarter, James scored 15, and it was clear that the Cavs were not going to let their lead deplete.Along with Irving’s 42 points, James finished the night with 34, and Love added 17 points and 17 rebounds– making the Big Three’s combined offensive output 93 out of 112 points.With the win, the Cavs improve to 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals. They’ll travel to Boston for Game 5 on Thursday, at 8:30 p.m. Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42center_img Related TopicsBoston CelticsCleveland CavaliersKyrie IrvingLebron JamesTyronn Luelast_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: Rafael Nadal rallies after second-set stumble

first_imgHowever, Nadal’s hugely impressive reaction after dropping the second set was that of a player still somehow operating at the peak of his incredible physical powers.Cilic faded rapidly following a supreme third set from Nadal, who secured a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 triumph in two hours, 48 minutes, booking a quarterfinal with Diego Schwartzman. Related News U.S. Open 2019: Serena Williams calms fear over ankle injury Nadal began a run of three successive breaks in the fourth game, the key blow coming two games later as a superb flicked forehand gave him the initiative once more after Cilic had struck back.Cilic fired wide on the return to give the Spaniard the opening set, but the Croatian was a different animal in the second, pairing his unwavering ambition with accurate groundstrokes and deftness at the net.He broke for a 3-1 lead as Nadal looped a mishit backhand long, an error that proved enough for Cilic to become the first player to take a set off the 18-time grand slam champion in the tournament.Cilic’s squaring of the match only served to fuel Nadal, however, and the world number two broke in the fourth game of the third in astonishing fashion.It just keeps getting better @RafaelNadal | #USOpen pic.twitter.com/HTSTR9XwsA— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 3, 2019Nadal twice attempted to lob Cilic and, after the Croatian met the second with a desperate smash, unleashed a cross-court backhand to bring up three break points, with the 2014 champion double-faulting on the first. U.S. Open 2019: Novak Djokovic in ‘constant pain’ for weeks with shoulder issue Rafael Nadal recovered from a second-set blip to progress to the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open in style with victory over Marin Cilic.Nadal needed to play just two matches to reach the fourth round and won each of them in straight sets, with Cilic presenting his first real challenge of the tournament. U.S. Open 2019: Naomi Osaka, defending champ and world No. 1, bounced by Belinda Bencic Another double fault gave Nadal a chance for the double break, which he took emphatically with a scintillating forehand down the line that had him jumping for joy in celebration.The set was secured as Cilic went long on a return and it was clear the end was nigh when he sent down another double fault in the opening game of the fourth.Cilic was eventually able to stem a run of nine successive Nadal games to avoid a bagel, but he was powerless to stop the three-time U.S. Open winner taking another step towards a prospective final with Roger Federer, providing one final flourish with a glorious forehand around the net post in the decisive game.last_img read more

Utah Utes basketball: Rebels run right past Utes

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The third time was not so charming for the Utah basketball team.After beating UNLV twice during the regular season, the Utes had no answer for a determined Rebel squad and lost 73-61 in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament Friday night at the Thomas and Mack Center.The defeat brought Utah’s topsy-turvy season to a merciful close as the Utes finished with a 14-17 record, only their third losing season in the past 20 years and the first since going 11-19 in 2006-07.UNLV, considered a lock for the NCAA tournament despite the two earlier losses to the Utes, improved to 24-7 on the season and will play BYU tonight in the semifinals at 9:30 p.m. MST.The Utes were trying to become the sixth straight No. 6 seed to win in the first round of the MWC tourney, but after pulling within one point early in the second half, they watched the Rebels went on a 32-13 run to put the game away.Tre’Von WIllis and Anthony Marshall led a balanced UNLV scoring attack with 13 points, while Chace Stanback had 10.For the Utes, Carlon Brown led the way with 12 points, while Luka Drca scored 11.After pulling within four points with a late rally in the first half, the Utes came out and quickly cut the margin to one on a three-point play by Brown. But the Rebels ran off 10 straight points to push the lead to 41-30 with 16:23 left and the rout was on.The UNLV lead got as high as 21 points at 66-45, before the Ute reserves cut the lead in the final minutes.The first half was similar to numerous Ute games this season as they fell behind by double digits only to rally and make a game of it when they looked dead and buried.The Utes overcame a couple of 13-point first-half deficits to pull within four at 29-25 at halftime, despite shooting just 30 percent from the field.David Foster, who sprained his ankle eight days earlier in a game against BYU, was deemed healthy enough to start, but less than three minutes into the game he fell to the court and limped off and into the locker room for treatment. He returned a few minutes later and promptly made four points to tie the game at 8.That’s when the Rebels went on a 10-0 run in less than three minutes as the pro-UNLV crowd started their “Re-bels, Re-bels” chant. A 3-pointer by Willis made it 21-8 before the Utes broke a six-minute scoring drought with a 3-pointer by Brown.Then in the last three minutes of the half, the Utes scored nine straight points on threes by Drca, Marshall Henderson and Chris Hines to cut the lead to 28-25 before Anthony Marshall sank a late free throw.GAME NOTES: UNLV’s win tied the all-time series with the Utes at 22-22 … Luka Drca had a tough night in his final game for the Utes with six turnovers … The Utes had lost four straight tournament games to the Rebels in the Thomas & Mack Center, including a 61-55 loss two years in the semifinals. The Utes had beaten the Rebels twice in the MWC Tournament when it was held in Denver in 2004 and 2005. Kim Tillie, who sprained his ankle in practice a week ago, was able to play in the game and had three points and three rebounds in his final game as a Ute … Foster had six points and five rebounds in 19 minutes … Every Ute player who suited up, played, except Jordan Cyphers, who didn’t play for the 12th straight game … Since losing to Utah on Feb. 17, the Rebels had reeled off four straight victories by an average margin of 75-51 … Earlier this year, the Utes beat the Rebels 73-69 in Las Vegas and 66-61 in Salt Lake City.Today’s MWC scheduleNo. 1 New Mexico vs. No. 4 San Diego St., 7 p.m.No. 2 BYU vs. No. 3 UNLV, 9:30 p.m.More hoop inside Utah, BYU women look to stay alive in MWC tournament, D2 Aggies beat Boise State, face Bulldogs in WAC semifinals, D4e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more