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Black Locust Farm

Yvonne & Lance Taylor
P.O. Box 378
Washington, Maine
04574
+1 207 845 2722

Goats for Sale 2014.

Pictures of bucks for sale in 2014.

Pictures from 2013 and older pictures.

Cashmere products available through Dancing Goat.

Come stay at Black Locust Farm (phone +1 207 845-2722)

Kids visit Black Locust Farm

Breeding buck pedigrees (PDF, 3 megabytes)

Goof of the decade--51 kids born January and February 2000

We discovered the cashmere goat while travelling in Kashmir in the Himalayas. The luxurious Kashmir shawls, often known as ring shawls because they are so soft you can pull an entire shawl through a ring, are keeping the Kashmiris, both men and women, warm during their cold winters and are often passed on as heirlooms within the family. Cashmere is known as the fiber of kings-it is the softest of the soft fibers and is said to be eight times as warm as sheep's wool.

The Goat

The cashmere goat is not a breed, since any goat can produce cashmere down. This characteristic has traditionally been bred for in Middle Eastern and Asian countries, and, more recently, in Australia (including Tasmania), and New Zealand. In the United States the Spanish meat goat, a feral goat in the South, has been found occasionally to produce cashmere of good quality. Interest in raising cashmere goats in this country started in the 1980s with the first national conference being held in 1988. At Black Locust Farm we are trying to combine the very best of Australian and Spanish bloodlines with a touch of Tasmanian.

Cashmere Down

The cashmere down is the undercoat that goats (so disposed) produce from midsummer to the winter solstice. In Maine it is shed between February and April, and you can either shear them in February or gradually comb the down out. It is covered by guard hair, which can be either long or short. At Black Locust Farm we breed for long guard hair that protects the cashmere from the elements, branches and burrs, and also gives the goat an elegant look, making it a pleasure to watch the animal out in the fields. Each goat produces 3 to 8 ounces of cashmere annually, and a lady's sweater would take around 10 ounces.

Land Clearing and Weed Control

While incidentally producing cashmere, our goats are keeping the weeds out of the pasture for our horses (and get along very well with them), thereby increasing the number of animals our pasture can support. They have free access to the woods surrounding our pasture area, and they are gradually clearing the trees at the edge to enlarge it. Our bucks are helping a neighbor clear land for vegetable farming.

Philosophy at Black Locust Farm

We believe in sustainable agriculture and in allowing our animals as much freedom as is practically possible. Our does and wethers range free all year. While the bucks unfortunately have to be confined during the breeding season, this allows us to plan the breeding to produce goats with the best possible cashmere.

Bed and Breakfast

If you want to see the farm yourself, you can come stay at our bed and breakfast.

Pictures

wheelbarrowA wheelbarrow full of kids (1570805 bytes).

Goat picture
Aegisthus, buck, winter 96-97 (348440 bytes).

Goat picture
Zoroaster, buck, winter 96-97 (359058 bytes).

 

Goat picture
Hippomenes, buck, winter 96-97 (429343 bytes).

Goat picture
Lady, doe, and two kids, summer 92 (182316 bytes).

Goat picture
Pashmina, doe, summer 92 (101696 bytes).

 

Goat picture
Gwydion, buck, fall 93 (148476 bytes).

Goat picture
Rita, doe, winter 89-90 (125133 bytes).

Goat picture
Triton, buck, winter 91-92 (98180 bytes).

 

BLF Argos
BLF Argos, winter 01-02 (211558 bytes).

BLF Pollux
BLF Pollux, winter 01-02 (212209 bytes).

RDT Rayvon
RDT Rayvon, winter 01-02 (205271 bytes).

 

Bai and herd
Bai and herd (218364 bytes).

Boris
Boris, son of Rayvon and Bridget (207845 bytes).

Glinda
Glinda, Putswa's daugther (206107 bytes).

 

Herd
Black Locust Farm herd (217126 bytes).

Jackson
Jackson, son of herdqueen Nancy and STC Pitso (217284 bytes).

Jeep
Exploring the Explorer (194699 bytes).

 

Reflections 1
Reflections # 1 (200882 bytes).

Reflections 2
Reflections # 2 (209394 bytes).

Herd
Vindsval and Fatima (200442 bytes).

 

Hjort
Hjort (1380952 bytes).

Hot_Fudge
Hot Fudge (1721357 bytes).

Lars
Lars (1494233 bytes).

 

Leif
Leif (1396844 bytes).

Monarch
Monarch (1773491 bytes).

Shiraz
Shiraz (1503961 bytes).

 

Will
Will (1812091 bytes).

Zeus
Zeus (1324876 bytes).


Will ready for hunting season

BLF Castano

BLF Duke

BLF Hippolytus
 

BLF Hjalmar

BLF Mauro

BLF Prince Edward
 

BLF Satchmo

BLF Shiraz

BSF Homer 1
 

BSF Homer 2

Gingerman in alfalfa

KTD Chris
 

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Web page created by Ian Lance Taylor