Last Saturday was another class at Birch Ridge Farm! This time I learned how to make ricotta, cheddar curds, and chevre. *drool* It was glorious. But even more glorious than the cheese was that one of the does went into labor during class! I saw a baby be born! Awwwww!
This Nigerian Dwarf doe gave birth to a 5lb 10oz buckling. They usually have 2lb kids. To put that in perspective, that's like your mom having a 20lb baby. In other words, I cried a little when I saw her pushing and screaming, then vowed never to have a baby for as long as I live.
Ok, that's pretty adorable. I guess I could have a baby someday maybe in the far future.
He got some help to take his first drink.
GIANT BABY! He's as big as the 6 week old kids running around outside!
I wonder which babies belong to which mom...
On Saturday, April 30, I attended a hands-on "Goat Class" at Birch Ridge Farm, an adorable small farm in Bradford, VT, with Nigerian Dwarf goats. I learned a lot more about goats, but the best part was being able to watch and participate in the less fun but necessary parts of owning dairy goats: disbudding and wethering. I also got to trim hooves on both a kid and an adult, and I got to hand-milk for the first time ever! So fun! The farm is absolutely beautiful, and the goats are so lovingly cared for - I can't say enough good things about Birch Ridge Farm and its owners, the McLams. Check it out yourself: http://www.birchridgefarm.com
And now, the best part: pictures!
This little girl was only a pound when she was born (twice that is the average), so she was brought into the house to be bottlefed. Try not to die from the cuteness.
I considered slipping her under my jacket and making a run for it, especially when she started nibbling on my ear.
I probably would've had to fight off my friend Kandy's son, Wylie, for possession of her though.
Such sweet blue eyes on this kid!
A patient mom.
Mmm, delicious Kandy.
Kids at play
Jen & Dave Paul, owners & operators of Old Post Farm