Charles Back is the owner of Fairview, and his daughter Bridget Back is the fourth generation of her family to work at the farm. She has spent the past couple of months at the goat sheds for the annual goat kidding season and provided this post.

Cyril and Bridget Back

With the kidding season having started here at Fairview, I found myself spending a lot more time down at the goats, admiring these inquisitive and quirky animals.

After helping the ‘Mammas’ with bottle feeding, old memories of being taken down to play with the goats by my grandparents came flooding back. My grandmother, Beryl, would hold my hand, while leading me down to the sheds, where we would spend hours giggling at the baby goats together. While it was my grandfather, Cyril, and his love for goats that introduced them to the farm many years ago, my grandmother also expressed a love for them through her art. Paging through her sketch pads, one was sure to stumble upon a few, starring back at you.

This year, we have seen 140 kids born so far, amongst three different breeds.  The farm is home to the better known Saanens, (the white ones) of which, two Billie Goats reside in their goat palace, The Goat Tower. Amongst the Saanens, one is sure to spot brown and black goats. These are our Toggenbergs and Alpines, adding diversity and charisma to our charming group of Saanen ladies.

Rosie Lebitsa

Everyday, there is a very specific feeding routine that is followed to ensure that the kids are given exactly what they need to mature into strong robust animals. Watching the bottle feeding take place, I feel touched by the amount of affection and love which these little ‘babas’ receive from our adoring ladies. Rosie Lebitsa, who has been caring for our goats since 1994, says that the little ones are children to her. In her eyes, they are all beautiful, and feels very heart sore when they get sick. “Die werk is baie belangrik, want die bokke moet groot word en melk en kaas vir die plaas gee” says Rosie. (“The work is very important, because it is these little goats who will grow up to provide the milk for our farm cheeses.”)

Our goats produce approximately 450 000 litres of milk a year. The milking may start as early as 3am, with the last taking place late afternoon. From this milk, the cheese factory produces 54 000kg of goats milk cheese. Chevin with various toppings, such as Garlic and Herb, Sundried Tomato and Paprika and other delicious spoils can all be found in the Tasting Room on the farm as well as in selected stores across the country.

If only Rosie and her ladies knew how valued they really and truly are!

Here’s to you Rosie! xx

Not Kidding around

With the kidding season having started here at Fairview, I found myself spending a lot more time down at the goats, admiring these inquisitive and quirky animals.

After helping the “Mammas” with bottle feeding, old memories of being taken down to play with the goats by my grandparents came flooding back. My grandmother, Beryl, would hold my hand, while leading me down to the goats, where we would spend hours giggling at the baby goats together. While it was my grandfather, Cyril, and his love for goats that introduced them to the farm, many years ago, my grandmother also expressed a love for them through her art. Paging through her scetch pads, one was sure to stumble upon a few, starring back at you.

This year, we have seen 140 kids, amongst three different breeds, born so far. The farm is home to the better known, Saanen Goats, (the white ones) of which, two Billie Goats reside in their goat palace, The Goat Tower. Amongst the Saanens, one is sure to spot brown and black goats. These are our Toggenberg and Alpine goats, adding diversity and charisma to our charming group of Saanen ladies.

Everyday, there is a very specific feeding routine that is carried out to endure that the kids are given exactly what they need to mature into strong robust animals. Watching the bottle feeding take place, I feel touched by the amount of affection and love which these little “babas” receive from our adoring ladies. Rosie Lebitsa, who has been caring for our goats since 1994, says that the little ones are children to her. In her eyes, they are all beautiful, and feels very heart sore when they get sick. “ Die werk is baie belangrik, want die bokke moet groot word en melk en kaas vir die plaas gee.” Says Rosie.

Our goats produce approximately 450 000 Litres of milk a year. The milking may start as early as 3am, with the last taking place late afternoon. From this milk, the cheese factory produces 54 000kg of Goats milk cheese. Chevin with various toppings, such as Garlic and Herb, Sundried Tomato and Paprika and other delicious spoils can all be found in the Tasting Room on the farm as well as in Selected stores across the country.

If only Rosie and her ladies knew how valued they really and truly are!

Here’s to you Rosie! xx

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