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The Lord Taketh, and He Giveth:




Yeah, I know it goes the opposite, but it's more fitting this way. :grin:

Last night, Ms. LaDue presented us with an absolutely adorable buckling. :sigh: Apparently, Elvis Goliad matured earlier than we thought, and managed to weasel his way into her affections. :lol: (No, there is NO doubt who the father is - Baby Fuzzy Butt there is the spitting image of an Alpine - except for the fuzzy cashmere covering him.:lol:)

We don't need another buckling.....but he's got BLACK and WHITE cashmere! So, the current plan is to wether him this weekend (and disbudd him - he's already got horn buds growing) and keep him for a year to evaluate his fiber. IF it's Cashmere, he stays as a fiber-producer. If not...well, yearlings dress out better than kids. :sigh:

She only had one, which is a bit disappointing - I would LOVE a doeling that looks like him! She would improve udders in the Cashmere herd, and maybe add color. (LOVE colored fiber. Not everybody does, but I do.)

I'm gonna lose my cred pretty soon with all these oops-babies! We hadn't planned on breeding any of the Cashmeres this year, just the dairy does, so this is a total surprise. I spent a few minutes this AM checking the ligs of ALL the Cashmere does.....just to see. None of them are mushy...but who knows. We might end up with a bunch of crosses....not planned, but......we might be sending some to freezer camp. :big sigh:

I'm thinking about adding LaDue to the milking string mornings only, once the colostrum is gone. It'd add to the supply, wouldn't hurt FuzzButt, and might up her production. We'll see.....Rosa just isn't producing squat, and I'll need to dry up Annie soon (IF she's bred....I really, really need to draw blood. I really, really don't want to...I don't like blood. But there's no other way to tell......until she pops. :lol:) Mocha's not due until May.....Inara is due March 15-ish (and LOOKS it - I really need to get a photo of Ms. Whale. She waddles! :lol:) And, from a marketing standpoint, Cashmere milk soap is just....da bomb! :lol:

At least LaDue managed to salvage a very bad day. He is cute, and fuzzy......and I'm salivating over his fiber. :fingers crossed: it's all Cashmere.....Pitch Black Cashmere. :mmmmmmmmm: (And white - we don't have *white* fiber, just cream. I'm drooling, it's so pretty!)
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 19th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)

goats & cashmere

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that is one of the absolute cutest little baby goats that I have ever seen!

I was wondering, do you ever plan on selling some of your goat fiber? I'd love to try spinning some of the cashmere.

Karen
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From:fiberaddict
Date:January 19th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)

Re: goats & cashmere

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Maybe eventually. Right now, I'm hoarding it to make a multi-colored circular shawl. I keep thinking "this year, I can sell some!"...and then we get a new color. :lol:
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Date:January 19th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)

Re: goats & cashmere

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oh, that shawl sounds so pretty. A pi-shawl type?
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From:fiberaddict
Date:January 19th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)

Re: goats & cashmere

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I have a pattern for a Scottish Thistle circular shawl that is just begging me to knit it...I'm seeing it as a light center moving out to the darker colors.....but I have to a)collect the fiber b)spin the fiber and the c) decide on a sequence. It's gonna be a LONG project - but one I'm itching to start!
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From:Ali Snowdale
Date:January 19th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Good idea to milk the momma - even now - to keep her udder balanced - the babies (especially boys!) have a tendency to pick a side and drink it to nothing and then leave the other side alone until it dries up from lack of demand. Better to keep it evened up from the start.
Cute baby.
We bred one of our nigerians to the old angora - since her mate is really too creaky to get the job done. How do you know if it is cashmere?
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From:fiberaddict
Date:January 19th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Cashmere has to do with the micron count of the fiber. We won't know until his "real" coat comes in, but right now it looks *identical* to the doelings from last year (except for color) - curly-curls, super-soft....and his mom has some fantastic cashmere.

Thanks for the info - we'll start milking her this weekend, unless she's already lopsided. She's got..a funky udder anyway, so it'll be "fun". :giggle:
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