Introducing the Rock Paper Scissors Herd!
It is most fitting to start with Finch. She is an Alpine/Oberhasli cross and is our eldest goat at just three years old. Finch loves her head scratched between her beautiful horns, and her friendly disposition and firm yet gentle approach allows her to be an excellent herd leader. She makes the most adorable tiny contented noises when she eats her grain and stands so still on the stand, it’s like she understands this is her job. Pippi is Finch’s daughter and can often be found right by her side. She is a two year old Alpine/Oberhasli cross, and a funny little sweetheart goat who loves to drink water straight out of the hose. Pippi is a leader in training and is always at the front of the herd when we run the goats out to pasture and back in for milking. She is mild mannered and eager to please, a gem on the stand, and friendly with the herd. Myrtle is a purebred Alpine who we named after Moaning Myrtle from Harry Potter because she is a real talker, even when she’s eating! Myrtle is a bit of a nutcase on the milking stand with antics from her standard stompy toddler syndrome to her most extreme trick being to simply lay down. Myrtle is our biggest producer, so we’re hoping this behavior mellows with age. In the meantime, we keep reminding ourselves how adorable she is off the stand! Rosemary is a yearling LaMancha/Nubian cross whose first freshening is surprisingly abundant given her small udder. She stands perfectly still being milked, goes wherever she’s directed without fuss, and is happy and content even at the very bottom of the herd’s pecking order. Sometimes the most seemingly ordinary goat is the one you’re most grateful to have! Flo is our other yearling LaMancha/Nubian cross, and what she lacks in production she makes up for in personality! Flo has a hilariously dramatic voice that can easily be picked out from the crowd. She is solidly middle of the pack, fast, agile, and loves playing with the other goats. Flo is not embarrassed to kick up her heels and jump around like she’s still a kid herself. Mouse is our dreamy little purebred Saanen with excellent production and selective hearing. She is a bit of a loner, completely content to do her own thing. There’s something terribly charming about her even though she is always the very last goat when we run them out to pasture, as she is easily distracted by all the delicious temptations along the way.
Rory and Pond are our two Alpine/Saanen cross kids. Their big personalities and sweet little faces charm the socks off every farm visitor. The two of them keep the herd on its toes with Pond leading the charge as reckless adventurer with Rory not far behind, cautiously assessing each situation before jumping in. They’ll both crawl in your lap and fall asleep if you let them (and let me tell you, it happens regularly).
Photo credits: Photos of Pippi, Myrtle, Mouse, and Pond by Kate Selden; photos of Rory, Flo, Rosemary, and Finch by Angie Arahood.