Gavilan Trading Post

Valley of the Moon Ranch, NM

Happy Twenty Ten!

Danielle's picture

It has been a beautiful winter so far, cold and quiet with lots of snow, blue skies and plenty of sunshine. We managed to shut down all but two houses for the winter and we are currently running on minimal man power as there is about four of us here at the moment. As it happens, this works out okay because although the outside work is really tough in the deep cold snow it is generally not very time consuming.

We are still trying to cope with the loss of our natural gas last spring, we have converted all heating to wood and have been running the stove/oven on propane. Can't wait to get those alternative energy construction projects underway!

We start combing our Cashmere goats on the 10th of this month. This process takes about three week, each goat takes two to four hours to comb out completely, we comb about five to eight goats a day and have around 110 goats to comb. It is very labor intensive! Luckily we always end up with volunteers that want to work and learn the trade in return for room and board. We love having the volunteers for their good company and enthusiasm for the goats, we could not do it without their help.

We would like to say thank you to everyone that supported the ranch in 2009 by volunteering, partying, inquiring, funding and for just being here. We love you all and wish you all a happy new year!

-Danielle