Thursday, January 28, 2010
Onward and upward here on Stop Sign Farm. It's a new year and time to embark on a long-discussed but as-yet-untried adventure: goats. The addition of goats is a fairly natural extension of our sheep efforts. We chose the sheep breed Icelandics partially for their excellent milk; goats offer even better dairy prospects.
Thus, Middy. Middy, short for Midnight, is a Kinder goat, a new breed developed here in Washington state. Kinders are a cross between a Nubian goat (prolific milk producers) and pygmy goats, smaller in size and with great, gentle personalities.
MIddy comes to us from the mainland, a suburb of Seattle, and is two years old and due to kid in May. It's common for goats to have twins or even triplets, so we're looking forward to a couple of sweet kids frolicking among our lambs and at long last making some fantastic goat and sheep cheese this Spring!
Middy photo courtesy of Dylan Grace-Wells!