91 - THE WHITE MOTH
05/06/2020 - This handsome little guy was born at pasture at the beginning of May, and mom took care of him until I brought them in for the night
Most of our mother goats do just that - they give birth by themselves, take care of their babies (if one of our LGD (Livestock Guardian Dogs) is present, he or she will also help dry the baby goat off). It is also normal for the baby (or babies, if she has twins) to be on their feet and nursing within an hour, so unless there are problems, we leave mother and baby alone so that they bond properly, and only bring them in before the sun goes down to give the mother a good dinner and a place to settles down for the first night
This boy was especially welcome, since he is the only all-white male born this season, and I was really waiting for him so I could name him THE WHITE MOTH, to honor my freind Camila Calhoun, whose recent novel about her Italian family (The White Moth: The Story of Three Generations at a Tuscan Villa) was published recently
He is properly proud and Italian looking, too!
92 - DRAGONFLY
05/27/2020 - DRAGONFLY
The very last kid born this season....tiny like our other late-born Peanut!!
Dragonfly, however didn't need any extra care - he just needed his mom's TLC, ate by himself from the get- go, and now is growing nicely.
It's always amazing to see how a baby goat grows, but when they are smaller than average, it's even more so
We purposely breed our goats so that they give birth in the spring, so there is usually no need for extra feeding, they give birth outdoors and don't need any extra help, and there is lots for moms and babies to eat!
Couldn't get to Italy this season? Do the next-best - thing and #ADOPTAGOAT and follow them as they grow up over the next twelve months (and we do the work)
93 - PEANUT
05/15/2020 - #PEANUT after a slippery start - intensive TLC for the first week - she's now thriving and catching up with her siblings.
PEANUT was born a little undersized, but more importantly, although her mother did all the things that mother goats are supposed to do (drying her off with the help of one of our guardian dogs, who ALSO help lick the baby goat dry), nickering and sguggling her to keep her warm, Peanut just wouldn't eat. So, for the first 4-5 days we bottle fed her, first with her mother's colostrum and then with her own fresh milk, alternately with powdered milk between one feeding and the next. We also put Peanut under a heat lamp for the first few nights to keet her warm, while during the day she stayed with her mother............results? Now she is up and running after her mom, who also has enough of her own milk to grow her baby by herself!
The moral of THIS story, is that we never give up on a baby, and it usually works out for everyone! Take a look at how cute she is now - fluffy and plump!
Looking for a gift that keeps giving for yourself or a friend?
Someone who was supposed to come to Italy but couldn't get here?? ADOPT A KID and enjoy watching them grow up over the coming year - you get the chance to partecipate from home with us as we grow your little kid to adulthood, and we have enough money to be able to cover all of his or her needs (feed, worming, vaccinations, eartagging and microchipping) for their first year - WIN/WIN for us all
94 - PEPPERMINT
06/10/2019 - Just in time for a photo shoot! Our friend Michelle came along just in time to cuddle this little silver-coated, blue-eyed baby
Together with his siblings, he spent the first three months with his mother, and thne was transferred to the 'boys' section. Believe it or not, a make kid can breed (incuding his mother nad his femae sibings) as early as 3-4 months, so, while the liltle irls get to stay with their moms, the boys are separated before they can get into trouble, and grow up with the other males
.....a real 'mens' club !
At about 12 months, each goat is combed for the first time and we take a fiber sample to test the quality of the cashmere they are producing, and then they become part of out 'breeding' herd - only the best 10% meet the standard!
I think this little guy will be a winner!
95 - BLOSSOM
04/17/2020 - Like most of our moms, Blossom's mother found herself a niche against a stone wall to give birth to her baby, and the dogs kept watch over both of them until we brought them in for the night
Like all of her siblings this eason, Blossom is a mini-me version of her dad,The Lion King!
Itwill be interesting to see how all of these little beauties develop over the next few months
96 - BATGIRL
04/24/2020 - I had a much more romantic idea for naming this kid, but her arrival was so FORCEFUL, I figured she needed a different sort of descriotion.....as she was giving birth, her crazy mom started trotting across the ield (followed ny her sisters) and bascially catapulted BATGIRL onto the ground.
Hardly a gentle way to greet the world, but noone was worse for the wear, and not only is she fine, but her little white foot is adorable
Still a wild momma,, though, so I don't get many chances to take good pix. Tak a look at this link to see the whole story
97 - SUNDANCE
04/19/2020 - Sundance has had a bit of bad luck since he was born on April 19 - first of all, his mom decided to give birth at the very far end of a very big pasture, on a day when a cold wind was blowing down from the mountains. By the time I found her and her baby, he was still wet, and shivering
So, we automatically went into emergency mode: dry him off, warm him up until he's warm enough to eat, and then bottle feed him his first meal of colostrum, to get him going. The next day, his mom unexpectantly died, so the next step in these cases is to keep the baby under a heat lamp so he maintains his core temperature, followed by frequent bottle feedings of fresh goat's milk from another momma
Some babies just hate a bottle, and others are good at 'getting' it early on, so Sundance is now back with his siblings, comes running for his bottle four times a day, and is going to be just fine!
98 - BUTTERSCOTCH
99 - APRIL FOOL
04/01/2020 - What better way to start our ADOPT A KID promotion than with our little bitty girl born just in time for the start of April !
Her coal-black mom decided to give birth on a leafy spot in the woods - near enough to the house and the safety of our guard dogs, and far enough from other animals to have her privacy......exquisite, pure white and just too huggable for words. You'll be abe to follow her antics over the course of this coming year, and when you can finally get back to visit, she'll be all grown up!!
100 - PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
05/02/2019 - Phantom of the Opera is my favorite kid this seaosn. Her mom is Snow White, one of our two oldest goats, who died at the age of 16 when Phantom was just two months old
Snow White was one of our origianal white goats, and regularly produced a dark grey kid every year! Phantom is by far the prettiest
Since then she has grown up with her siblings into a BEAUTIFUL grey-haired little girl, absolutely covered with cream colored cashmere......can't wait to comb her this spring!
She'll stay here on the farm for the summer season instead of going to another property for summer pasture she's just too cute to not have her around, so be sure to come a say hello when you re finally able to travel to Tuscany again!!
101 - BUTTERCUP
03/12/2020 - Every goat has a story, but this one beats a lot of them from the get - go !
Sweet Laila last year had a baby that she lost (ie she had discharge form an obvious birth, but we couldn't find and sign of a baby goat).
On the same day one of my CRAZY goats (her name is Wild Thing for a reason) also had a baby which she pretty much abandoned............she was at summer pasture with the other goats for the summer, so after hoursof trying to coax her to acceot her new baby, I reluctantly brought her baby back home, planning to have to bottle feed her until she was old enought to eat by herself
As luck would have it, Laila took her under her wing and made her her own....and we named her ... Vixen
On March 12, THIS year, Laila had ANOTHER baby, assisted by her daughter Vixen, and decided to take care of them both at once, so they have become our extended family: Laila, the single mom, Vixen the adopted baby, and Buttercup, the 'birth' daughter, who seems to be in charge, trotting around with mom and sister trying to keep up!!!!
Stay tuned to follow her as she and her half.sister Vixen, grow up over the coming year!
103 - THE LION KING
THE LION KING
Here on our #CASHMEREGOATFARM we breed for quality cashmere but we also breed for color and this lovely guy is the first son of our famous #Cappuccino, who died last year at the ripe old age of 16 and who produced a lovely shade of fiber called 'red' or 'apricot'
The #LIONKING tested well on his fiber tests, and even more importanty, is a sweet- tempered guy who is a pleasure tp have around
So we used him for breeding two seasons ago, and on the last day of mating season I found him with a hind leg broken in several places, and dangling from the knee down. #emergency !
My pickup had just broken down, and I had no way to get him to the nearest large animal clinic at the Universita di Perugia...and along came Arianna and Alessio from #km0tours to save the day!!!!!!
They just happened to have a little car they could lend me, so we lined the back with straw, lifted #LIONKING up and got him settled and I took off for the 2,5 hour ride to the Clinic
These are only some of the picks. He had multiple fractures of his hind leg, and my colleague asked me if i wanted to put him down, and I said NO!
So his leg was amputated at the 'knee', and he stayed at the clinic for a week of observation.
I was worried he would really be our #specialneeds goat forever, but after about three months he got his balance back, and was our go-to breeder this season, successfully breeding 15 females, and transmitting his lovely color to almost all of them!
By adopting him, yo will help us maintain him as well as we possibly can - just another 'special needs' goat !