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Gretchen meets our new kids…

Gretchen introduces herself to one day old doeling, GPP-K2.
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Empty food bowl, or cozy bed?

Elvira’s and Cato’s one day old buckling.
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Reserve Champion Wether: Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival 2016

Gun Plain Pygoras Domingo, Reserve Champion Wether
Gun Plain Pygoras Domingo, Reserve Champion Wether

 

 

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Abby & Simon enjoy morning “goat tea”…

Two old cats enjoying morning "goat tea"...
Two old cats enjoying morning “goat tea”. Everyone looks forward to warm water on cold mornings, and they especially like the electrolyte enhanced “tea”. (Abby is 16 & Simon is 13)
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Fall Rainbow

We don’t often get rainbows in November; by far the brightest one I’ve EVER seen!!

So full and bright!
So full and bright!
A double...
A double…
From horizon...
From horizon…
...to horizon.
…to horizon.
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Good Job, Abe!

Gun Plain Pygoras Abe took Reserve Grand Champion buck at the 2015 Michigan Fiber Festival.
Gun Plain Pygoras Abe took Reserve Grand Champion buck at the 2015 Michigan Fiber Festival.

This guy looks scary but he’s actually too friendly. He was a “bottle baby” and still tries to hang too close, though we continue to work on a “horn width + two feet” boundary!

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Cheese season follows kidding season.

Chilling milk.
Pygoras are respectable milkers. Ater weaning kids we milk just once/day for ~1 week, getting 2-3 cups of milk from each doe. Higher milk demand = lower fleece yield, so our season for fresh goat cheese is short, but sweet!
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Platinum doe.

Platinum yearling doe - a rating based on both fleece color & yield!
Platinum yearling doe – a rating based on both fleece color & yield!
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Spring promise!

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Tough little beauties! Average daily temp for the past month was 37F (2.8C).

 

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Hang on!

Kids jump onto the nearest doe and see how long they can balance...
Kids spring onto the nearest doe and see how long they can balance…