Lina Joana

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Andy Marion wrote:Hi Lina!
I'm not currently set up enough to take any goats this year but I hopefully will be in the spring if you have any wethers then!  I want goats for fiber and brush clearing/land maintenance so I've been looking at pygoras but haven't done much research on nigoras yet.  How cold hardy are they?  I'm up in southern VT zone 5b.  Thanks!

Hi Andy! Hopefully in the spring I will have a nee set of babies!
I don’t see why they wouldn’t do fine in zone 5b - you would have to provide them shelter, maybe a 4 sided shed instead of the 3 sided one I have, but their coats are pretty solid.
Good luck getting things set up, and reach out ti me when you are ready! There may even be someone closer to you with wethers for sale.
3 days ago
Oh - one more thing: conventional wisdom says don’t keep a buck with does: they taint the milk with buck flavor, and you cannot control when the does are bred. If you follow the conventional wisdom, you will need separate enclosures, and a companion for the buck: either a second buck or a wether.
1 month ago
Just posted a thread to rehome some nigora bucks/wethers, and your thread popped up. I am fairly new, but here is my experience:
Despite having been around as a homestead animal for awhile, nigoras have not reached the 6 generations needed to be considered a stable breed. I suspect that will change soon, as the association has some determined serious breeders at present. What this means is that the breed is super variable, dependent on the parent lines and selection.  Not all Nigerians are champion milkers, and if the son of a “meh” milker is bred to an angora, you will get nigoras with low milk. On the other hand, if you buy from a breeder that can show you records of good milking, you will likely have does that give at least as much as a nigerian. Mini alpine breeds are allowed as foundation stock, and some breeders are using them to up production. I an to start separating the babies to milk mine soon, so I will have personal experience at that point.
For fiber: the important thing to know is that unlike wool and mohair, nigora fiber has guard hairs, like cashmere. Try and spin without dehairing, and you will have sucky yarn. Dehair, and you will have gorgeous cashmere.
1 month ago
Almost forgot - pictures!!!
The wooly ones are the parents in fleece.

1 month ago
This is my first year breeding Nigoras, and I have three soon to be wethers to rehome.
So, what are nigoras? They are a cross between the dairy breed Nigerian dwarfs and the fiber producing angoras. You end up with a goat that produces both milk and a beautiful long staple cashmere.
Obviously the wethers won’t do much in the milk department, but their fiber should be lovely. One of them was born to a doe with a slightly shorter staple wool that sheds every spring and doesn’t mat. The other two come from a doe with longer staple wool that mats up as it sheds, so is best shorn rather than combed. The sire was on the lighter end, so all of them may end up with the comb-able type fleece. Also worth noting: cashmere fiber needs to be dehaired, or it is prickly. There are mills you can ship it to, or you can do it yourself with mini fiber combs.
For homesteading though, I find them extremely useful as brush clearers. I know they often get a bad rap, but mine have been awesome: they have a permanent shed and paddock made from sheep/goat panels, and they are trained to go back there each night. During the day, I use electronet with an old car battery to pen them in all the places I want cleared. They love wild rose, porcelains berry, kudzu, brambles, poison ivy, oriental bittersweet, honeysuckle, and most broadleaf saplings (not pawpaw or tree of heaven). My hundred feet of electronet will enclose an area that will feed two goats for 5-7 days and 6 goats for 2 days (hence my meed to downsize!)
If you are interested in getting started with nigora wethers, pm me. I would be open to working with you in the fiber side to get it processed and maybe find a market for it. If you have questions about the way I keep them, I am happy to answer on the thread!
1 month ago

Tina Wolf wrote:Wow! Thank you so much! I never thought to create vegetable stock like that! I've just been either using them to propogate another plant or composting them. I learn so much here!

You are so welcome! It is good to experiment, but I usually avoid cabbage family scraps to avoid the overcooked cabbage flavor. Potato peels will make it starchy, and any potato sprouts/green peels should be avoided. Sweet potato peels and squash innards are excellent, as are leek tops. Throwing a bay leaf and clove in adds depth.
2 months ago

Tina Wolf wrote:
What do you do with "scrap stock"? Do you mean you make a broth?

Yes - we used to call it “soup stock” growing up, to use as the base for soups and stews.
2 months ago
You can make amazing apple butter by precooking the apples in the instant pot. Once they are mashably soft, keep cooking on the stovetop with the spices till it tastes right. No sugar needed. I never had trouble with the apples expanding, maybe because the instant pot doesn’t release steam during cooking like a regular pressure cooker does.
I also do scrap stock - carrot ends, apple cores, onion ends, pepper cores, and herb stems go in the freezer. When I have enough, it goes in for 30 min. Much more flavorful than the stovetop.
2 months ago

M Wilcox wrote:
I'm not speaking for everyone, of course, but I have way more time than money. If I spend my spare time cruising the web or napping, no one is paying me for that time. If I spend the time trying different things to create passive income, maybe I won't get paid for that either, but maybe I will. At the very least, I'll learn a lot of things I didn't know before. Personally, I would spend my time trying things that cost little or nothing, since I don't have a lot to spare.
Doing the maintenance on an idea that is producing income seems reasonable. If it's not working, you don't have to maintain it, right? Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as the prophets say.

Oh, for sure! If you enjoy writing, or photography/videography, or fiddling with ads, or whatever and you can make extra cash then you are ahead for certain. Even if your hourly wage is lower than you’d get at a part time job, everything is flexible and that can be worth a lot. I just sometimes see it sold as money for doing nothing, and I have a feeling that if you counted all the flops, it might not be quite that passive. But as long as you are learbing and having fun and not going into debt, not reason not to try!
2 months ago
I have to say, I am not totally sold on passive income being truly passive. Lets start with the “try 100 things, 2 will work”. How much time do the other 98 take? Seems like the 2 would have to be spectacular to make up for the high failure rate… and then a lot of them, when you dig in, require maintenance and relearning every time the search engine changes the its algorithm, or your book sales taper off, or whatever. I am not saying the strategies don’t make money, I just wonder if you factor in the failed attempts and the maintenance, just what would the hourly salary be? Again, they might still work as a flexible job, especially if you enjoy it, so not dissing it overall!
2 months ago