Well the test results finally came back and we are indeed pregnant. Olga and Gwen should each have two bouncing kids sometime in June . It’s been a great opportunity to get to know our future kid’s father the last few months. His temperament and body stature is truly impressive. I am excited to see these traits passed over , but lets be real you can’t help but love a baby goat no matter how they look ! We’ll be looking for a few names that start with O and G so keep us in mind when you run across one.
There is no question that it has been the mildest winter for us in upstate New York, but what will spring be like? The budding garlic is frozen in the morning and hot in the afternoon. I am afraid fast paced growth will be like a lesson taught from the tortoise and the hare. Speed doesn’t always mean the best outcome. However, we’ll let Mother Nature figure this one out ! The cashmere is fluffy and buttery, but not all of the herd is ready to let go of their fiber. Poor Olaf was combed last weekend and gave me his best fleece ever. However, he was shivering in the barn a few nights because of it. The extra bedding of hay allowed him a warm place to nestle. We are waiting for the results of our pregnancy test on our two does, Olga and Gwen. If pregnant we should have some kids to play with on the farm in June. The Sugaring Off Sundays begin tomorrow at the Farmer’s Museum. For anyone feeling the March dull-drums this is a great way to get your spirit into early spring . Our B&B Farm-stay is booking up for the summer and early fall months . We look forward to sharing the small farm experience with our guests!
Visit http://www.farmersmuseum.org/ for more information about Sugaring Off Sundays
Our goats are looking fluffier and fuzzier then ever! Maybe it’s the mild winter temperatures but it looks like combing might start in March for us this year (Typically it’s occurs in April and May ) Cashmere is combed rather then sheered . It is one of the softest fibers at 14-18 microns. (Sheep can run up to 30 or more in micron) Hugging a cashmere goat this time of year is one of the most enjoyable experiences. They are pillow soft and have a wonderful clean, yes clean , smell to their fiber. Unlike sheep they do not have the high lanolin content , and the odor it produces. So if you are looking for an activity to elevate you mood during February come by and hug one of goats!
I absolutely love this time of year because I can stay on the farm and never really have to leave for anything. The garden has everything you could want to eat , the chickens are in full production and the goats are enjoying the pastures. Simplicity can bring clarity and contentment.