Love is in the air or is that the smell of a buck in the barn ? Tamanda, a beautiful cashmere buck from St. Mary’s on the Hill ( located in Greenwich, NY) is our guest of honor this month. One way to get through a Northern winter is to dream of baby goats for the Spring. Olga, one of our top producing and champion does will be bred , along with Gwen another quality fiber producing doe. Tamanda is meek and shy but starting to feel right at home in his bachelor pad with his own warm space and an occasional treat . Rooms/ house bookings are now directly available on our site. A Spring /Summer calendar of events on the farm will soon be available.
I am fortunate enough to have some extremely talented knitting friends. This comes in handy when you are raising fiber animals. Cashmere goats are not a registered breed, however in order to qualify as a cashmere you must meet a few pre-requites. First, your fiber must be below 18 microns. A micron basically measures the curve or crimp in a fiber, thus the more crimp the softer the fiber. Sheep are typically between 26-30. Alpaca’s around the 20ish range. Quivet is actually the only fiber softer then cashmere. My cashmere goats range from 14 microns (Olaf) to 16.5 (Giselle) . Typically as goats ages their micron numbers deviate slightly. However good breeding guarantees a steady return. Just look at the endless possibilities.
What would life really be without some good “crazy” in it! Our farm family has grown this year with the addition of two beautiful cashmere goat babies, and some chickens we also hatched. Our new barn is almost completed . Not only will it house most of the goats but it will be a comfortable place where combing can occur in the Spring . We are looking forward to another year of farm- stay guest at the house. Check out the information in the “Stay with Us ” section.