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P.O. Box 190
Fly Creek, NY 13337

Welcome Tamanda!

TamandaLove 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.

 

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?