It’s been a while since my last post. We’ve been very busy. Here’s a summary of what’s been going on this spring.
We started combing goats in March. That’s how we harvest the cashmere. It’s called combing, but really we brush them with a dog brush. It takes about 2 hours per goat. We had 23 goats to comb.
Before we were done combing all the goats, the does started having kids. We’ve had 12 kids so far but 2 didn’t make it. One died because the momma was small and it was too big for her to deliver. We ended up taking her to the vet for a c-section but it was just too much stress on the kid. Momma is doing fine. The fence jumper that got her pregnant is in our freezer.
The other one that died was a triplet. We were at church when they were born and I think the momma was too tired or distracted by the other 2 to take care of it right after it was born.
The 10 (7 girls, 3 boys) that we still have are doing great. They are full of life and fun to watch. There are 2 more does that are supposed to be pregnant, but I’m starting to wonder if they really are.
A few weeks ago, the Claiborne Leadership class toured our farm. It was a great time and the newspaper printed a story about it on Wednesday. That was great free publicity! We already received an inquiry about farm tours as a result of the article.
The store is starting to feel like a real store. Last week, I placed a large orders for yarn, books, and loose leaf tea. The tea is in and the rest should arrive in a few days.
I am starting a Block of the Month Club in which participants will knit or crochet a beautiful afghan one square at a time. More details can be found at http://tinyurl.com/mhf-lessons.
Whew! I can’t wait to see what summer has in store for us!