Meet The Goats
Betty and Boon are Nigoras, 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!
Boon, 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 produces the most fiber. Betty is 3/4 Nigerian Dwarf, 1/4 Angora and produces a super fine, light and exquisitely soft fiber. In the warmer months she's solid black and her winter coat is like Mexican chocolate; black, cocoa and auburn. We recently moved to an urban neighborhood and downsized to two goats. Though they have moved onto another homestead, you will still see pieces with fiber from our former Nigoras, Merlin and Wally.
Betty and Boon 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! And if you're in the neighborhood you may have seen us already, check out the story about us walking below.