Baby Goat Shower
Yesterday we learned a fun thing: the verb “to kid” means not only “to joke”, but also “to give birth to a baby goat”.
A local goat farm just north of our town, Urbana, hosted a Baby Goat Shower in their big barn—delicious snacks and a chance to meet the momma goats and the new baby kids.
Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband are the proud owners of Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery (http://www.prairiefruits.com/ ), described as Illinois’ first farmstead cheese making facility. In 2004 they started with 4 goats (3 does and a buck) and today they have 80 goats. Spring is kidding season and most of their female goats are either pregnant or have already kidded—by the weekend, they already had around 50 new kids. The Nubian goats have long floppy ears; the La Mancha goats have almost no ears; and the cross between the two breeds has short stubby ears of a few inches long. All the animals have beautiful coloring and markings, and all are remarkable friendly, much to the delight of the visitors on Sunday, especially the children. The goat kids, in a separate room, are miniatures of the adults, but much more frisky and the slightly older ones put up quite a ‘show’ jumping on and off their play structure or standing up on their hind legs to get a pat or to nibble on some straw.
The farm sells various yummy goat cheeses, fruit in season, jams, and honey.
The Shower was also a chance to alert the public to a looming problem for the farm: a proposed road across countryside north of the town. This road would cut right through the farm’s 17-acre field where they grow all their own hay for the animals. This road would also cut in half a neighboring farm, one that has been in the farmer’s family for around 150 years. It seemed that most visitors were willing to sign a petition against this road. Rod and I did, and we wish these farmers all the best.