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Cheryle's introduction to goats came when her high school biology teacher recieved a letter from someone asking for the name of a responsible student to cover the evening milking of her Toggenburgs. The person making the request taught school several towns away but lived only a couple miles from Cheryle's home, so Cheryle took the job on from 1975 to 1978.

Wyl and Cheryle were good friends throughout high school so Wyl was involved with Cheryle's goat adventure right from the beginning.

In 1979, Cheryle (along with Wyl's help) brought her first goat home; a pygmy wether that quickly became a family member by bonding incredibly fast and strong with the one person in the family that was not sold on the idea of goatowning....Cheryle's father.

In 1985 after Wyl and Cheryle married, they decided to start building a herd of show quality Pygmies and raise sheep for fleece and meat. Wyl also mastered the age old art of hand blade sheep shearing and developed quite a clientele of handspinners.

September of 1989 found Cheryle and Wyl moving their menagerie to the Old Mountain Farm property with Norman (Cheryle's father) following two years later. Shortly thereafter their focus settled on goat breeding so they found other homes for their sheep, ducks, rabbits and chickens although the occasional chicken or duck has been known to call Old Mountain Farm "home" since then.

As Cheryle and Wyl's goat breeding adventure evolved they became more involved with showing their goats but found the closer their goat herd came to the NPGA breed standard, the more difficulties their goats had with kid bearing.

It was Wyl who initially wanted to branch out into Nigerians but it took Cheryle a couple more years to make the leap. Once they did, in 1994, they never looked back! They both immediately felt like they had found "their" breed of goat and dispersed their pygmy herd.

Wyl is a woodworker and carpenter by trade and has found a way to combine his woodworking talents with goat farming by designing and building milking / taskstands for miniature goats. He also has designed a very efficent low waste hayfeeder. Both of these products can be seen in use at many farms throughout New England. Wyl has also become known for his artistic yet functional fence designs.

Cheryle has found a creative outlet involving the goats. She spends alot of time in the pasture with her camera, capturing, the goats limitless humor and beauty. The goats never complain about having their photos taken because they never seem to have a bad day.

Norm's great parenting skills made him a natural for goat kid care. Throughout the eleven years he lived at Old Mountain Farm he had the very important job of "holding down the fort". He monitored does for signs of parturation while Wyl and Cheryle were away from the farm. He was the daytime bottle feeder and so much more. His helpfulness with chores such as landscaping, woodchopping etc. were a big contribution to the farm which allowed Wyl and Cheryle, more time to spend with the goats.

Wyl, Cheryle and Norm have always viewed raising Nigerian Miniature Dairy Goats as a joint venture that enhance the quality of life and can't imagine Old Mountain farm without goats.

In memory
Norman Elliot Moore
April 1st, 1926 - Feb.16th, 2003

Norm passed away in February of 2003 (click on the "in memory" link above to view his Memorial). Cheryle and Wyl miss him everyday and miss all the help he provided them by being
a father, friend, mentor, cheerleader, errand runner
and much more!

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