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FAIRVIEW WINE FARM – AN OUTING FOR BLOGGERS

August 28, 2010

Could this be Billy Goat Gruff??

After the recent Fairview Camembert Bloggers Competition that I told you about last time all those bloggers who took part in the competition were invited to the farm on Friday for a wonderful outing. A few of the bloggers could not make it for various reasons so a group of six of us met outside the cheese factory where we met Maryke, Sales and marketing manager and she told us how the day was going to pan out. We then met Donald who takes care of the goat herd on the farm and he led us off to meet the pregnant nannie goats and gave us a short lecture on goats. Did you know that after the dog, a goat is the animal to be mans next best friend? S’trooooo, Donald told us 🙂 We also learned that they come into season around February, they are pregnant for about 5 months so there are lots and lots of heavily pregnant mommies standing listlessly around in various stages of their pregnancy. We had all hoped that there might be one ready to give us a show and deliver while we were there but although there was one or two almost ready that didn’t happen.

Pregnant nanny goats

Heavily pregnant with triplets!!

 This poor girl couldn’t even muster up the energy to get up and move around…..I wonder if she is a proud mama by now?

We did get to see a brand new kid struggling to stand on its shaky little legs, it was being licked clean by the mother….too sweet!

Newly born kid being cleaned by mommy

Choliwe the Steenbokkie

This is Choliwe (the name means *abandoned by the mother but rescued by another*) a little baby steenbok

who was found almost dead on the farm and is being well cared for by the staff of Fairview. You can just see how much everyone loves her!

GO Choliwe, we wish you well little one!

Are you my mommy?

We were then taken through to the nursery where all those kids older than 3 days are taken once they are separated from their mothers. They stay the first 3 days so they get all the good colostrum that contains all the antibodies that they require to be healthy. Then, of course, they have to be separated as the cheese factory needs the goats milk for cheese. These little kiddies are then bottle reared on a mixture of goats and substitute milk until they are weaned.  We were all given the opportunity to cuddle and to feed them. They are kept in small pens just a few to a compartment. There are lights for keeping them warm and they are so well cared for.

Warm under the lights

Kiddie Cuddles with Lady Raven

Being bottle fed by browniegirl

 Once the babies were all fed we said goodbye to them and then were led off to the creche where the slightly older kids (I call them the toddlers hehe) live, they each have their own little pens at night and at feeding times but during the day they are let out into the fields to wander around and play in the grass. They have jungle gyms that have been built for them as it has been proven that the kids can die from stress and playing and climbing destresses them. These little dudes are just too gorgeous, incredibly friendly and follow you around as though you are the pied piper. We went out into the field with them and they just gathered around as we appeared, coming running and bleating from all directions to *chat* to us! They are curious and love to lick and nibble on your shoes or fingers or bag etc. They have been dehorned already, tattooed and tagged.

Nina surrounded by kids

Climbing and jumping for fun

 Eventually we were told that we had to say our fond farewells to the goats as we were expected in the cheese factory for a quick tour before our lunch at the goat shed. We wandered off, loath to leave the beautiful kids and as the creche door closed behind us we could hear the bleating fading away.

If you would like to take your family to visit Fairview Wine Farm you will find them on the Suid Agter Paarl Road near Paarl. I would assume that you would just have to phone them first and ask if you can bring your family to see the goats and kids. Visit the link above for all the contact information.

Tomorrow I will take you on a priviledged tour through the Fairview Cheese Factory otherwise this post will be way too long and it is now bedtime.

Until next time,

browniegirl xx

28 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2010 10:55 PM

    Lucky goat kid – being bottle fed by my Captain! 😀 xxx

    • August 28, 2010 10:57 PM

      HAHA!!! Oh Jo, they were just too gorgeous and such beautiful eyes. I loved it. If only I had a big enough bag with me I would’ve tried to sneak one home 🙂 Hugs xx

  2. August 28, 2010 11:15 PM

    Goats do roam hehe! The “warm under the light” pic reminds me of a nativity scene and all that’s missing is baby Jesus. Very cute!

  3. August 29, 2010 5:41 AM

    Too sweet, I would love to go there. Look forward to reading about the factory.

    • September 26, 2010 10:21 PM

      Cindy really lovely place to go for a visit. At this time of year when the goats are kidding it is extra special. Hugs xx

  4. August 29, 2010 8:15 AM

    very sweet, they are so friendly

    • September 26, 2010 10:22 PM

      The goat guy reckons that after a dog goats make the best pets for mankind..I never knew that. They are indeed very friendly Sidey xx

  5. August 29, 2010 9:19 AM

    oh so cute… i fed goat kids a hundred years ago, when i was little 🙂

    • September 26, 2010 10:22 PM

      You should go out now while it is still kidding season Lizanne. So much fun. xx

  6. August 29, 2010 5:22 PM

    Aaah the little kids are too cute! Wish I could’ve been there.

    • September 26, 2010 10:23 PM

      You were missed. The kiddies cried for you hehe…xx

  7. August 29, 2010 8:11 PM

    Hi Coll.. remember me? What a stunning outing and just love the babies – all babies as you know. Congrats on all the wins. I’m back home now.

    (If you don’t go to letterdash any more you can always catch my blog on wordpress if you like 🙂 )
    Lots of love and hugs to you, the Don, and the rest of the clan.
    xxx

    • September 26, 2010 10:24 PM

      Im a bad friend Dinx. Have been so busy with so much stuff that I have not been able to get around to blogs. Will try and make an effort soon. Have done a bit of a catch up on your letterdash blog in the last few days. When you coming to CT?? Lots of love and thanx so much xx

  8. August 30, 2010 9:21 PM

    Well doen Col!! Perfect post.!!

  9. August 31, 2010 11:34 PM

    I know almost nothing about goat cheese and milk… Looking forward to your post! (and the pics are adorable!!!)

    • September 26, 2010 10:29 PM

      Thanx so much UrMomCooks. It was so interesting. xx

  10. September 1, 2010 11:10 AM

    I had so much fun. I twas great to see you again and spend some time 🙂

  11. September 1, 2010 8:42 PM

    Looks like a wonderful outing. My husband want us to get goats one day, so I need to learn all about it! Just curious…what happens to all the baby boy goats? or is that not fair to ask?:(

    • September 26, 2010 10:37 PM

      The goats are just fabulous. And they make lovely pets too. I think the boy goaties get sold off. They dont serve goat meat there anyway!!

  12. September 2, 2010 11:48 PM

    Ah C-U-T-E!

    That looks like so much fun 😉

    Great photos!

    • September 26, 2010 10:37 PM

      Thanx so much Toks. It was a great time. Had so much fun for sure 🙂 Hope you are well. xxx

  13. September 10, 2010 12:08 AM

    Those goats are so cute! My son would love them. Their cheese looks pretty marvellous too.

    • September 26, 2010 10:38 PM

      Thank you Sarah, so lovely to see you here. Your son would indeed love them. The cheeses are just fabulous. xx

  14. September 21, 2010 10:18 AM

    Hi Colleen. I’ve just read your post on the day at Fairview, a link I got from the Word from the Herd blog, which my son Chris writes. We were there on 06 September for brunch and have also seen the goats and kids in previous years. Fairview, for me, encompasses much of what is wonderful about life – family, stupendous surroundings, friendship, a sense of peace and naturally, excellent food and wine!

    Ciao,

    Sandi bryant

    • September 26, 2010 7:19 PM

      Hi Sandi, thanx so much for popping in. Glad you found your way over from the Word from the Herd hehe. Yes, I like that blog that Chris writes. You are so right about what you say there about Fairview. Have always enjoyed going out there. Now with our grandsons :o) Have a great week xx

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