I've sold all raw cashmere that I wanted to, now I'm sorting through and bagging up the fleece I'll send off to a mill to be dehaired. Now I almost wish I hadn't got rid of the machine! I liked doing my own fleeces, and being able to do them separately. But, it is such a slow process that that was all I did all summer and fall was dehair cashmere. This year I will have time for other things, which around this place, there is never a shortage of projects to do!
It's time for my drastic downsizing of the herd again. Every few years I do that, although this time I'm really downsizing. Going from 70 some to under 30. So if anyone wants any quality cashmere goats, get in touch with me. There are pet quality to breeding stock, including two proven bucks, and one of the prettiest does I have. I'm developing a smaller line of goats, so all the bigger ones are going. There are some smaller ones going, too. A lot of wethers, most of whom are friendly and will be nice pets as well as cashmere producers. This is going to be hard for me to say good bye to all of them, they are my babies, but our land needs a rest, and so do I. There are a couple of does with this years' babies on them that are for sale, too.
Rocky and Cloud, my two Turkish Akbash LGDs are wonderful! Third time's the charm. They have bonded with the goats, they are guarding well, they are gentle with the babies, and they don't bark unless something is actually on the property and near the goats. Unlike Nellie, who barks at anything and everything she hears whether it's on our place or not. I will never get another Great Pyrenees again. I am sticking with the Akbash from here on out. It's hard to believe, but Nellie is going to be 10 in July! Time sure goes by fast. I still remember the day I got her as a little white fluff ball.
Dani is going to be 17 on may 17th. She is really old, but still going strong. I give her and Nellie both bone broth on their food, and that is really keeping them going. That stuff is good for pets as well as humans.
Well, I hope this video works, it didn't in the preview, but I hope it does now. If not, I'll try again. With Mercury and 4 other planets in retrograde, who knows what will happen. ☺