Thursday, March 8, 2012

Updated Website Coming Soon

We've spent the last couple of months re-vamping our website. Plans are to have the site "live" by the 20th of March. We'll have lots of pictures, updated stories and an e-commerce component. We're excited about these changes - stay tuned !

Friday, March 2, 2012

Moo Dog at Buckwheat

Hey, check it out. Here's the first in a 3 part series about Buckwheat by Moo Dog Knits !

Saturday, December 31, 2011

A New Year

As the sun sets on 2011 we will make it a goal for 2012 to post more often.
In the meantime here is a link to some really interesting photographs of the pre-revolutionary Russian Empire -

Our first kids are due around the last two weeks in February......lambs not until late March.
In the meantime we're spinning lots of yarn and will be doing a website makeover for the coming year. The wind turbine has been working fairly well although there are still some "issues" but it is producing enough power to allow us to increase mill output without compromising our completely alternative energy generated power supply status.
Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Productive New Year as well as an easy lambing and kidding time -

81 days "til Spring

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Catching up Again

Where has the time gone ?
January 28th brought us the first of the new kids for 2011. We've been busy ever since with new arrivals almost every day. When we get a minute to catch our breath, we'll do a real update and post some fun kid pictures. Here's one in the meantime - kids doing what they do best.

19 Days 'Til Spring

Saturday, January 29, 2011

All The Way Home

We had met up with a friend from PA at the HLRS sale. We drove from Kerrville straight through to Potosi, MO. We stopped at the home of Avelene and Jim McCaul - Indian Springs Farm. ISF is home to some fantastic Natural Colored Angoras. We were looking for a tried and true buck to breed to our nannies back home.

The McCauls had a 5 year old buck they were willing to sell. We loaded Boaz onto the trailer with the gang from Texas and after some minor points of goat etiquette were established, set off driving toward home.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

On the Next Part of the Journey

There were some things in Texas that you....... well..........just don't see many other places. Take this wall mounting of an Angora Goat. Here in the Northeast one might see a white tailed deer or a moose in a similar predicament. Not an Angora goat. And certainly not in the hallway of a local hotel.
One of the primary reasons we headed to Texas was to purchase new breeding bloodlines for our registered Angoras. Each July Kerrville Texas is the site of the Haby, Lockhart, Ross and Speck production sale. These four families are some of the oldest in the Angora goat business in Texas.
These billy goats pictured below were in sorting pens at the Speck place in Kerrville.

The sale takes place at the Ag Barn in Kerrville mid-July. Now as far as we're concerned, July is generally not the time of year us northerners want to be headed into the blast furnace heat of the South. Even though it is a "dry" heat. July 2010 though proved to be hotter and more humid in upstate NY than anywhere we were in the entire state of Texas. Much to our surprise, the Ag Barn was air conditioned ! And a welcomed surprise it was.

We strolled through the Barn looking at some of the nicest Angora goats we'd ever seen.
During our visit to the Speck sorting pens, we had taken some hair samples and did some micron counts on a number of billy goat "prospects".

When the bidding began, we knew just which goats we wanted and for what reasons -- finer hair, longer staple, denser fleece. Sales were brisk and the bidding, at times, intense. We were able to load 5 new bucks and 3 does on the trailer. After a stop at the local vet's office for the required health paperwork for transport to NY, we hit the road and headed North.

Just about now, with the snow flying outside as I write, I remember fondly, the 90 degree temperatures of Kerrville this past summer.

Our nanny goats are due to start kidding in a week or so. We'll have to start shearing and getting the barn ready. We have some beautiful alfalfa and second cut grass hay for the feeding. This year's kids will be the beginning of a number of new genetic lines for us so we wait with anticipation as to what the stork will bring.

61 Days 'Til Spring

Summer Sheep