It’s a beautiful day here on the Kiwi Homestead. As we’ve almost finished settling into our new home I thought I might take this opportunity to share with you our new herd. As part of our long term goals, we set out to find only rare breed or heritage animals for our farm. We looked at several different kinds of goat breeds before settling on one of the rarest and most endangered pure breeds in the world known as Waipus. Waipus are thought to be related to the original angora (mohair/woolly) type goats but unlike the modern angoras of today, they are not hybrids. They have pretty much kept to themselves as far as breeding and there are fewer than 50 in the world today. We found a local breeding couple who have been spearheading the efforts to save this beautiful heritage breed. They just happen to be quite close to us locally and were very much looking for other families such as ours to help take on some of the 30 odd goats that they had! As a result of many discussions and quite a lot of thoughts and prayers, we decided to get 6 Waipu goats of our own. Normally a starting flock would consist of 3 females and 1 male, but in our case, one of the females we had chosen had recently given birth to a boy so we ended up with a little baby goat buckling and the bigger goat buckling we had picked out. The breeders were also trying to rehome an older retired female goat, but we fell in love with her and we have plenty of space so we agreed to take her as well!
Our new herd’s names are as follows
- Tansy (doe), age approximately 8-9 years old (retired goat)
- Lily (doe), born c. 2015
- Marshmallow (doe), born c. 2016
- Elder (buck), born in August 2019
- Betony (doe), born in September 2019
- Pumpkin (buck), Lily’s kid, born in October 2019
Our verse of the day is Proverbs 27:23-27
“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever and a crown is not secure for all generations. When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing and the goats with the price of a field. You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed you and your family and to nourish your servant girls.”
As always please follow us along our journey and enjoy the photos below!