Meet The Goats
The poison ivy and brush controllers on our humble acre are also fiber producers! Nigoras are a cross between Nigerian Dwarf goats, a small milk breed, and Angora goats, a larger fiber breed. Crossing them changes the fiber produced from mohair to a kind of cashmere. We harvest their fiber once per year, in early spring by combing out the undercoat. It is washed, carded and then used in many Bri Weaves works!
We have four of these beauties, Boon, who is the curliest, is half Angora and half Nigerian Dwarf. He's the cutie pictured, though he's much bigger now. His photo by SavvySnaps was even used in Raising Animals for Fiber by Chris McLaughlin in 2019. Boon is the sweetest of the herd and always waiting, or not waiting, for pets. He is pure white year-round and though he produces the most fiber, it is slightly more rugged. The other three goats are 3/4 Nigerian Dwarf, 1/4 Angora and produce a super fine, light and exquisitely soft fiber. Wally, the alpha, is pretty jerky to the others and a pig around food. While the coat you see is a creamy orange, his undercoat is just off-white. Merlin, named after our sweet family dog that passed, is the most colorful, with variations of brown that change throughout the year. His undercoat is a beautiful gray-brown.
Betty is our little black beauty. The only female (don't expect any babies though, the boys are all wethered), named after the mother of the sweet woman who sponsored her. We really only planned on having the first three, but when Betty was available, as was a sponsor, we had to take her. We are so glad because she's been such a sweet addition and her fiber couldn't be more beautiful. In the warmer months she's solid black and her winter coat is like mexican chocolate; black, cocoa and auburn. They love visitors, especially those with treats, so if you're coming for porch shopping gather up your veggie scraps, come around back and say hi!