Goat Stories

Where does the all the thyme go? Has it really been almost a month since my last update? It has been a fairly eventful August and I just haven't seemed to have time to sit and write.

As you may remember, Michael and I went to the fair to look for goats to add to our herd. Specifically meat goats. Boers. We should have gone at the beginning of the week because by the time Saturday rolled around, there were none for sale. But, we did talk to a nice gentleman who has a Boer breeding ranch a bit further out on our side of town who would be willing to breed our does when it came time. We went away empty handed, but with a good contact and hopes for future kids.

Basil, now the youngest of the herd, taking a joyride.

Basil, now the youngest of the herd, taking a joyride.

So, still goat deprived, we did what any normal goat-seeking people would do. We searched Craigslist. There were a few eligible caprines listed and I made some calls. I found 2 Boer crosses, half-sisters, and 2 Angoras, a brother and sister pair, that I just had to bring home. I made trips to Hamilton and Whitehall in the last two weeks to pick up our new friends. The poor Subaru, our goat toting vehicle, needs a good detailing even with the tarp lining the entire interior. But, our herd is now complete.

Rosemary, the sister to Basil, is a Boer cross.

Rosemary, the sister to Basil, is a Boer cross.

Angora goats are not necessarily meat goats. Though they are often bred for that in other countries, they are a dual purpose breed whose main commodity in the US is mohair. Their long locks are shaved and processed similarly to wool and turned into yarn. I'm going to have so much fun learning to spin mohair and dye it ALL THE COLORS!

Polly and her brother Patrick are Angora goats known for their shiny long locks.

Polly and her brother Patrick are Angora goats known for their shiny long locks.

The yarn I dyed with flowers and onion skins turned out fabulously. I am still waiting for the elderberries to produce (maybe next summer!) so I can get a good purple. I am happy with the colors I can get from the vegetation around the property now, though. I still have yet to try the goldenrod or fennel. I can't wait to use this on my homegrown mohair fiber. 

Nothing has turned out the color I expected, but that coreopsis pink is nice.

Nothing has turned out the color I expected, but that coreopsis pink is nice.

There's lots more to catch up on, but I'll save that for later this week.

Nellie isn't jealous of the new kids at all.

Nellie isn't jealous of the new kids at all.