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P.O. Box 190
Fly Creek, NY 13337

So Really How Soft is Cashmere?

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.

 

2014 A Crazy, Beautiful , Life

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.

Velma & Valentino are in the house!

It’s  been a  busy and exciting  two months on the farm. Not only do have we welcomed numerous baby chicks,  but baby Velma and Valentino were born March  27th  to Vina.  Vina  had all the instincts of a good momma except for her willingness to nurse two  babies. I can understand the stress of these demands however it then entailed  our family to take part four to six times a day in what I would called forced nursing. Not pretty or fun! I am glad to report that Velma now thinks we are her surrogate parents .  She is more fun then a puppy ! Her brother Valentino is a strong stout white cashmere buckling. I can’t wait to  be knitting with his fiber and wearing it! Happy days ahead  on the farm in green pastures and good company. What else could we ask for?

 

Making the Transition to Winter!

We had a  busy but  blessed Fall on the farm this 2013. The  fiber show  in Tunbridge Vermont was a  learning experience,  as well as a chance to meet some the smartest people in the goat  world!

 

 

 

We were very happy with the show results  which placed Olga second best  in her doe class.  She is  one big  puff ball right now , full of cashmere.  The judge commented several times on her stout  strong body style as  a strength, as well as the  production of her cashmere.

Matthew placed  second at our local grower Giant Pumpkin Festival in October  winning $100.00. Not bad for a  throw and  grow pumpkin in the mulch pile. We are  buckling up the farm for the winter with heated water buckets , heat lamps , and hay. We will welcome Vina back soon from being bred  by one of Yvonne Taylor’s  bucks from Maine. This might mean twin kids  in the Spring!

It time to get ready on the farm  for the  sudden changes of  Winter .  Hooking up heated water buckets, lamps and  stacking hay. The animals seem to  sense  the  upcoming changes with their recent calm and still temperament’s.  They once again remind me to embrace the  transition rather then balk about it.