Ellie and Mae were one week old Nigora doelings at the time. They are inseparable right now! Ellie is the blonde and Mae is the brunette. I will get a cream colored fiber from the former and probably a soft brown, from the latter. I will be bringing in a black buckling this year, and from him I expect to see a silvery grey undercoat.
I am in the process of separating the coarse guard hairs from very soft undercoat of the Nigora type C harvest from this year. It is very time consuming but the resulting cloud is incredible! I had sent this years harvest off to be de-haired at a well known mill, but the people at the mill said that the fiber was so fine that they were afraid that I would lose too much to the de-hairing machine. They wanted to combine it with wool, but I am set on keeping it separate this year so that I can sell it as a blending fiber.
It is time to decide whether or not I will milk this Mamma. As with most decisions there are pros and cons to consider. Kami is a very nervous doe, and I know I would have to be up for a fight. I'm not sure I am! However, the brunette doeling Mae is going to be a very good candidate for the milking parlor. She stands stock still when I am messing with her, closing her little blue eyes and just enjoying the moment and she comes up to me all the time when I am out in the barn.
That is it for the barnyard update, I'll probably check in next week with some new pictures, Tina