Paz Zait-Givon

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I found this resource on felting with angora, it is for german angora while mine are satin but I imagine it should be helpful. I tried to follow the advice to wait for the fibers to soak
Felting with Angora

I tried to make a glove. It seemed to stretch so there was more hanging off the edges of the resist rather than shrink and there are more holes despite my trying to be better about covering everything.

Is there any way to save the gloves? It is felted but not fulled.
Any advice on why it stretched instead of shrank? Or how I can prevent this in the future?
The fiber is from my own bunnies and it feels so precious to me so it seems so discouraging to just have to throw it away after failed attempts
1 year ago
I just started trying to felt angora from my satin angoras. The goal is to make felt gloves out of scrap fiber that I cant spin. I tried needle felting and it is definitely harder with angora, the fiber is very silky and slippery and doesnt want to felt quickly. I mostly used it as adornment for sheepwool, ie making ears and a tail for needle felted bunnies. People often suggest using sheep wool staples for that.  So far I have made a tests swatch with wet felting.  

You have to lay the fiber thickly. I was trying the herringbone technique because I want to use this tutorial for gloves.

To process the wool I just carded it (basically ran it through a pair of large slicker brushes) then grabbed off sections of the wool that was laying in the same direction from there
1 year ago
Pretty much all of those animals listed above are social herd or pack animals. They are all Ruminants, Equines , or camelids.
So you may want to look into some of the charachteristics those have, ruminants in particular tend to be the most popular.

Ive heard that milking Camels is difficult because you can do it for all of 90 seconds.

Sheep milk nutritional analysis here :

Sheep and goats have naturally homogenized milk, apparently so is Buffalo milk,23

Im starting to suspect naturally homogenized milk is the default so cows are really special.

Horses and Donkeys haven't been bred for milk for a very very long time, longer I think than the others so they would likely require the most work for the least return (milkwise)
9 years ago
So it seems to me that most of the living fence ideas tend to be based on hedge laying which seems to work by grafting and therefore wouldn't work well as a polyculture? Is there a way to build a stock proof fence as a polyculture? It seems to me that a huge line of the same plants would be more suspected to diseases and pests especially if they are grafted together. I dont know how you could get that same really dense growth though with many species at once for it to be stock proof. So What am I missing? any ideas? I think that a multi layered hedge might be relatively easy for an animal to pass unless its really really thick each layer?
10 years ago
So.... I was thinking, methane digesters for biofuel is anaerobic digestion. Gley is anaerobically digested. Gley is used to seal ponds. Does anyone know if this would work? Using spent slush from methane digesters to seal ponds?
11 years ago
So I know that muscovies are famous for eating mosquitoes. Ive looked everywhere and cant seem to tell if they also eat bees. Would they be compatible with an apiary. I suspect a bigger problem with stingless bees but I don't know. While I'm at it do they also eat wasps? flies? Flying ants? I would be really happy if you shared your different experiences if you have any.
11 years ago

Sebastian Hammer wrote:I was wondering what y'all thought about raising cows as compared to goats. I am looking for both meat and milk. I am going to be moving to a ~40 acre spot next Spring and was thinking a few goats or cows would be great. I am thinking of devoting 3 to 5 acres to the livestock. Of course, that allocation could change, well, tomorrow even based on what I learn.

My thoughts on the comparison are below, this is just what I have gathered from my initial research and talking to people.

Smaller and easier to transport
Eat a wider variety of plant material
Can keep a larger number in the same area so I can keep more females (does?) leading to, seemingly, more consistent milk production
Try harder to get out (even though I do know a dairy guy who seems to think his cows automatically appear outside the electric fence when it is off)
Males seem more territorial
Easier to butcher at home

More docile and easier to keep in a fence
Produce way more milk
Little more finicky about what they eat
Easier to control and paddock shift
Milk seems to have more milk fat (which is a definite plus in my book)
Can be used for work easier if need be

So, what do you think?

So far as I can tell the "cows have more milk fat" isnt always true, it may be true of some cows and some goats but a jersey cow(famed for her comparably high milk fat content) has about 5% butterfat(or milkfat whichever you prefer) where as Nigerian dwarf goats have 6-10%. This doesn't mean goats always have the upper hand in terms of fat content, a goat bred for high volume milk goat(saanen) produces around 3.5% milkfat, far less than our high cream content lower milk volume jersey cow.

One thing I haven't seen mentioned yet is that goat milk is naturally homogenized. It is far more difficult to get the cream to rise to the top though some patient people say it can be done than it is in cow milk which is not.

Also goats produce white milk wheras some cows produce yellow milk though others also produce white milk.

Both goats and cows are herd animals but I suspect that cows are less "clingy" goats really require a companion, many people successfully keep a single cow though.

Cows are considered to be mostly grazers, they prefer to eat more grasses and forbs while goats prefer woodier things, not just trees, they are great for clearing any kind of brush.

I am going to put in something obvious that we kind of danced around: goats are smaller than cows. This means that they are easier for predators to get and for humans to handle as well as needing less food. This also means a lower total volume of milk per capita.

Have you considered sheep? I think they are harder to tame but they are a good multipurpose animal, fiber, milk, and meat. You cant really do that with goats they put most of their effort into either fiber with angora or milk with milk breeds, though milk and meat can be dual purpose. They also have a very high milk solids content, higher than both goats and cows.

11 years ago