28 November 2007

Introducing Tolcarne Puck

Tolcarne Puck Angora goat
Introducing Puck , originally uploaded by hardworkinghippy.

This is Puck, a male Angora goat we're using from Eddie and Carolyn Gowen Angora breeders new to the south of France. He was imported from the UK in August and his bloodlines include the Corrymoor and Ballytrim flocks - both great breeders of sound Angoras.

So far he's been a real gentleman, easy to handle, kind to the girls and very good-looking.

La Ferme de Sourrou AngorasWe're a bit late breeding this year, it took me a long time to find the buck I wanted - ideally one new to France because the choice of good male Angoras here is very limited. It took me even longer to find the time go and collect him from near Tarbes - a round trip of almost ten hours!

La Ferme de Sourrou hardworkinghippy's favourite Angora goatsWe've chosen six of our best females to mate with Puck and so far things are going well. We also hope that Puck will cover Suzie our milky Sannen/Alpine cross who is getting on a bit, but is in great condition. That will give us (hopefully) a couple of kids for the freezer and plenty of milk for cheese and colostrum and milk to share with any Angora kids who need it. Normally, we kid in March, but next year the kidding will be in April. I'm really looking forward to having kids again.


Carolyn said...

Hi Puck!!

He looks very happy Irene, and glad to hear he's still behaving himself ;)

La Ferme de Sourrou said...

He's lovely, but he really has started to pong !

I don't know whether Suzie and his ever got it together, but whatever, they are now the best of friends.

Shame you haven't got your moving to France blog up and running - it would be nice to share your experiences of registering with the MSA etc.

Irene xx

detroit dog said...

He's a looker! Tolcarne Puck sounds like a literary name, but I can't find reference of it anywhere; quite the "blue" blood.

La Ferme de Sourrou said...

You'll have to ask the owner Carolyn (She posted the comment above) where the name Tolcarne comes from - possibly a village or area in the UK where the Gowens had their Angora goat farm before coming to France?

Puck, of course comes from "A midsummer's Night Dream" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Midsummer_Night's_Dream

He is rather good-looking eh? ;-)

Irene x

detroit dog said...

I just Googled "Tolcarne". It is a town/area in northern Cornwall, UK. Thanks for the Wiki link. It seems that your Puck is appropriately named!

Val Grainger said...

Hello all

I know Steve Whitley of Corrymoor Angoras very well as he is a near neighbour (approx 7 miles) and fellow member if the Blackdown Hills Natural Fibre Group! Their goats are the best angoras I have seen and I wear their socks!!
One of our dogs came from Steve!
I think your goats are very nice and one of these days I will get down your way....promise!

La Ferme de Sourrou said...

Hello Val!

It's an incredibly small world eh ?

You're probably like us Val - too bloomin' busy doing things to go off galavanting - still if you're ever free please come, it would be lovely to meet you.
(And we could do some fibre swops... ;-))
Irene x

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