Caromont Farm in Esmont, Virginia, opened up last Sunday for their official snuggle session! Volunteers got up close and personal with the farm’s baby goats. This special event originated when the farm had about 100 goats born in less than two weeks.
The owner, Gail Hobbs-Page says there is a purpose to cuddling baby goats.
“When they become milkers for the cheese operation, they’re easier to handle. If we didn’t do this on some level, you couldn’t get your hands on them. They’d just run away.”
The 120-goat farm makes 30,000 pounds of goat cheese each year. That can be quite a handful for the farm’s five employees. To lighten the load, her employees suggested setting up a program for people in the community to come help care for the little goats. Within a day, the local NBC affiliate caught wind of the event, and within two days, the Washington Post and Mental Floss picked up the story. Three days after the online sign up page wen live, all the slots were booked.
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