Pine Needle Farm

  (Kila, Montana)
The adventures of raising cashmere goats.
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Kids are arriving!

Wow, time goes by fast!  It's April already and the kids are popping out left and right.  There are seven so far, five cashmere and two dairy.  They are so cute!!!  It makes me happy watching them bouncing around without a care in the world.

  I'm waiting for Dottie, my oldest dairy doe to have her kids.  I was hoping for some Easter babies, but it's not to be.  Hopefully tomorrow she will have them mid-morning.  That would be the best time.

   The snow is all but gone now, even though we wake up to at least a dusting of it about every other day.  We had four inches on Wednesday morning!  Luckily it's spring, so it melts fairly fast.  The grass is starting to turn green, there are a few flowers that are starting to come up.  Pretty soon all the tulips and daffodils will be blooming.  I did notice some tiny purple crocuses starting to bloom this afternoon.

   The goats are starting to get antsy being in their pens all winter.  They want out.  As soon as there is something out there for them to eat, they will get to come out into the yard and driveway and eat there for a bit to get used to the grass.  Then pretty soon they will be out in the woods munching away on all the goodies.

   The cashmere harvest is over, for the most part.  It's looking good this year!  Since I didn't have quite as many goats to comb this spring, the harvest is smaller than it has been for a while, but that's okay.  What I do have is top quality. 

  I have come to the conclusion that I am going to stick with the goats I have now.  No more outside bucks for a few years, and no more outside does, either.  I've got a really good herd now,  and I'm going to build on that.  The fiber is easy to process, easy to spin, and really soft!  The majority of the herd tests under 16 microns, which is a really good number. The length of the fiber is between 2 and 3 inches long.  Wonderful stuff to handspin!

   The chickens are laying good now.  There is even a broody hen sitting on 5 eggs now.  The turkeys are laying eggs in a couple of different nesting sites.  Hopefully one of them will start setting pretty soon so we can have turkeys big enough to eat by Thanksgiving this year.  Since these are heritage breed turkeys, they grow a lot slower than commercial birds.  They sure do taste good!!

  Well, that's all for now, more as it happens.... 

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