BREWSTER, N.Y. -- Tilly Foster Farm, a favorite destination for children and families to enjoy furry and feathered animals, unwrapped two new Nigerian Dwarf goats for Christmas.
The goats are a miniature West African breed who reach an average height of only 17- to 21-inches and weigh up to 75 pounds. Best known for their tiny size and low maintenance, the goats are also a popular pet, as well as a producer of milk, which dairies use to make cheese.
“The County is excited to add 'Calvin' and 'Hobbes' to the Tilly Foster Farm family, said Teresa De Angelis, Tilly Foster veterinary technician, and animal caretaker. “The breed’s small stature means they do not require as much space or feed as their larger dairy goat counterparts and their gentle and friendly personalities make them good companion pets. Right now we are starting with two but hope to add to the herd in the spring.”
In addition to being fun to watch and play with, the goats are also great for clearing trails and other areas where brush needs to be removed.
The goats, who will be joining the herd in the next couple of weeks, are part of the farm's effort to welcome back the return of small farm animals, including a large array of chickens, Kunekune pigs, Penelope and Ginger, Lucy and Levi, four Huacaya Alpacas named Honey, Isabella, Sinbad and Raphael, and two miniature horses Sultan and Sunny.
For more information about Tilly Foster Farm visit www.putnamtillyfoster.com .