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