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MOUNTAIN VIEW FARM Open to resort guests daily 8 30 am to 4 00 pm At the time the Dodge family opened its doors to guests in 1865 Mountain View Grand was a working farm producing much of its own food As you visit the farm today and view our small apple orchard original greenhouse and variety of farm animals perhaps inside the barn or off enjoying their pastures you ll begin to feel a connection to our New Hampshire agricultural past We are still a working farm our focus today being on animal ber We focus on raising healthy llamas alpacas goats rabbits and sheep to produce our Mountain View Farm Blend yarn as well as chickens and ducks that provide some of the organic eggs served at breakfast and used in our baked goods fi Please enjoy the farm without feeding any animals or entering any enclosures We have information posted throughout the barn to help you understand how to interact with our animals We thank you for your cooperation in helping them feel secure and happy in their home and not develop any aggressive behaviors

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FARM TRIVIA 1 Why are barns painted red 2 What animal is associated with the discovery of coffee 3 How many days does it take for a chick to hatch from an egg 4 What would you call a female rabbit a male rabbit or a newborn rabbit 5 Ducks live on all continents except 6 What color is goat butter and why 7 What are baby llamas and alpacas called 8 What s it called when a happy rabbit jumps and twists in the air 9 What is the fear of chickens called 10 How much does it cost to feed a llama or alpaca per day 11 If a small group of sheep is a ock what s a larger group called 12 Name the two most famous ctional ducks dating from the 1930 s fi fl fi Don t know Explore the barn to nd the answers

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FARM OPEN HOUSE Daily 8 30 am to 10 00 am Except Christmas Morning Start your day with a visit to our working ber farm View the chickens and ducks as they waddle out of their coop at exactly 8 30 am then check to see if they laid any eggs to collect for our chef A farmer will be on hand throughout the Open House to introduce you to our goats and sheep as well as answer questions about our llamas alpacas rabbits and yarn making process There are many things to view feel and read throughout the barn You may wish to visit our small barn shop where we sell our farm blend yarn made from our llama alpaca goat rabbit and sheep bers needle and wet felted items alpaca insoles and other ber items Items purchased at the farm are charged to your room fi fi fi Please note there are no restrooms at the farm

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NIGERIAN DWARF GOATS The Nigerian Dwarf Goat is a miniature goat that originated in West Africa These colorfully marked goats are considered dairy goats but do not require the space necessary to raise a standard dairy breed Their gentle and friendly personalities make them good companion pets even for small children Although we do not breed or milk our goats dwarf goats breed year round and can have several kids at at time 3 or 4 being common Does are generally good mothers but also can provide a surprising amount of milk for their size if used for goat milk or cheese up to two quarts a day Nigerian Dwarf milk is higher in butterfat and protein than other milk from most dairy goat breeds However most Nigerian Dwarf goat owners do not raise their goats for milk but for the pleasure these little caprines bring to their lives Nigerian Dwarf Goats are considered Rare by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy Eight of our goats were born here at the farm Tillie Lilac Born April 2 2010 Doe Born June 12 2010 Doe 3

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Thatch Born April 24 2010 Wether Quigley Born May 6 2010 Wether Daisy Barnaby Born April 24 2010 Doe Born April 2 2010 Wether Henry II Hank Born May 21 2011 Wether Born May 21 2011 Wether 4

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ANGORA GOATS The Angora Goat is a medium sized goat ranging from 80 175 pounds that is named for Ankara Turkey historically known as Angora It is rst mentioned in the time of Moses roughly 1500 B C Turkey guarded these goats against exportation until 1949 when seven does and two bucks were imported to the United States Angora goats may be the most ef cient ber producers in the world The long lustrous wavy hair that is grown by Angora goats is called mohair Goat shearing is done twice a year before breeding and before kidding in contrast to that of sheep which are shorn only once The hair grows about 3 4 inch per month and adult hair should be 4 6 inches long at shearing Adult goats usually produce 8 to 16 pounds of mohair each year Sun ower Buttercup Born March 18 2009 Doe Born May 6 2008 Doe Clover fi fi fi 3 5 fl Born April 28 2008 Doe

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Cashmere is a goat s soft downy undercoat grown to its maximum length by midwinter and shed in early spring Any goat except an Angora goat which grows mohair can grow cashmere if raised in a cold climate But those we call cashmere goats have been selectively bred to produce cashmere in signi cant amounts There is no such thing as a purebred cashmere goat although individual goats who meet the North American Cashmere Goat standard can be registered as ours are as NACG goats Feral goats from Australia and Spanish meat goats from the American Southwest selected for ber traits form the basis of the American cashmere goat industry Ours were born at East Meets West Family Farm in northern Vermont Pecan Pie Bailey Born March 29 2019 Wether Born March 31 2019 Wether Popcorn Born March 25 2016 Doe fi fi 6 CASHMERE GOATS

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ANGORA RABBITS The Angora is one of the oldest types of domestic rabbit originating in Ankara Turkey along with the Angora cat and the Angora goat These rabbits were popular pets with French royalty in the mid 1700s and spread to other parts of Europe by the end of the century They rst appeared in the United States in the early 1900s They are bred largely for their long Angora ber which may be removed by shearing combing or gently plucking the loose wool It is said to be seven times warmer than sheep wool Honey Bunny German English Angora Born August 2 2016 Doe Blackberry French English Angora Born March 31 2019 Buck Acorn English Angora Born September 3 2019 Buck fi fi 7

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BABYDOLL SOUTHDOWN SHEEP One of the oldest of the English breeds of sheep the Babydoll sheep were thought to be extinct Thankfully over time and careful breed management their numbers are continually increasing It is believed they have been in the U S since 1803 They are best known for their small size hardiness and use in orchards and vineyards They are also known to be very good companion sheep for other livestock as well as humans More common in the U S they are still on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust List in the U K Hops Born May 7 2016 Wether Fudge Barley Born May 12 2016 Wether Born May 12 2016 Wether 8

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SUFFOLK BORDER LEICESTER SHEEP Madeline and Eloise came to us from a family farm in neighboring Dalton N H that raises spring lambs for market They nursed for the rst month of their lives and then were bottle fed here at Mountain View Farm This method of raising them has made them quite friendly as well as a bit spirited Eloise Madeline Born March 9 2011 Ewe Born March 8 2011 Ewe ROMNEY SHEEP The Romney traces its beginning to the marshy area of Kent in England and the old Romney Marsh breed which was improved with Leicester blood in the 19th century The strong winds and heavy rain of Kent led to the development of some speci c characteristics in the Romney including hooves that are resistant to foot rot and eeces that remain healthy in harsh weather Pepper Romney eece is unique in the way that it Born August 12 2014 combines several important traits Lustrous Ewe it hangs in separate locks and with minimal cross bers between them It is also highyielding and easily spun Romney wool has the nest ber diameter of all longwool breeds The eece may be white or natural colored black gray silver or brown fi fi fi fl fl fl fi fi 9

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FINNSHEEP Finnsheep were introduced to North America with importation to Canada in 1966 The Finnsheep breed originated in Finland where they are called Finnish Landrace An ancient breed they are thought to have descended from the Mou in fat tailed sheep of central Asia entering Northern Europe via trade routes established along the Atlantic coastline and the Danube and Volga River Systems Designed to survive the rugged climate of Finland the Finnsheep is a hardy breed with exceptional foraging abilities Finnsheep mature early breed out of season and are known for having litters of lambs Their wool is semi lustrous silky soft and rated medium ne to medium making it the perfect choice for handspinners and felters alike Due to their small size and docile nature Finnsheep are easy to handle and best of all friendly Seven of our Finnsheep were born here on the farm Milla Born March 23 2017 Ewe Remus Neville fl Born March 28 2019 Wether fi Born March 28 2019 Wether 10

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Tilde Liliah Born March 4 2018 Ewe Born March 9 2016 Ewe Bing Zoey Born March 28 2019 Wether Ewe Willow Born April 13 2019 Ewe 11

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CVM ROMELDALE SHEEP CVM Romeldale sheep are commonly referred to as the rarest breed of sheep in North America and their numbers are considered critical on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy list California Variegated Mutant also called CVM is a naturally colored variation of the Romeldale sheep The Romeldale was developed in California in 1915 by A T Spencer by crossing Ramboullet ewes females and Romney rams males imported from New Zealand The breed was developed to produce ne highyielding wool with better meat quality than whiteface breeds found in the western U S Our sheep like all of our animals are not used for meat production In the 1960s multi colored lambs started showing up in the ock of Romeldales During the next 15 years the breed was developed as a closed ock and given the name CVM Their classic color pattern is termed badger face a light body with dark belly and dark head The pattern creates a range of shades of color on a single eece Selection has increased the range of variance in eece colors to include gray brown black and moorit reddest brown Fleece colors darken rather than fade during maturation Milkshake Born March 27 2010 Wether fi fl fl fl fl 12

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LLAMAS Llamas are great working partners and family pets They have predictable calm responses to new situations Their intelligent gentle nature allows even small children to interact with them Many llamas are excellent packers They can carry up to 25 percent of their body weight for 5 8 miles but cannot be ridden Their two toed foot with its leathery bottom pad gives them great sure footedness which is also kind on the environment Llamas communicate their moods with series of tail body and ear postures as well as a shrill alarm call and a humming sound They are also used as guard animals for herds of sheep goats or geese Ours are here to protect our smaller animals from predators as well as for their ber which is blended into our yarn Bourbon Born 2010 Male Suri Llama fi 13

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Finnegan Born 2010 Male Abbey Born September 14 1997 Female 14

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ALPACAS The alpaca is a domesticated species of South American camelid Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes in Ecuador southern Peru northern Bolivia and northern Chile They are considerably smaller than llamas and unlike llamas alpacas were bred not to be beasts of burden but speci cally for their ber Alpacas produce one of the world s nest and most luxurious bers which is used for a variety of knitted and woven items Alpacas come in more colors than any other ber producing animal There are approximately 22 basic colors with many variations and blends Our alpacas show off some of the wonderful ber shades that are added to our yarn Calypso Mariposa Born August 2 2002 Female Born April 2 2000 Female fi fi fi fi fi fi 15

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Penelope Winterberry Born July 6 2007 Female Millie Born July 14 2011 Female Born October 16 2008 Female 16

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CHICKENS We have several different breeds of chickens here on the farm such as Bantams Black Australorp Silkies Buff Orpingtons Speckled Sussex Barred Rock and Araucanas Our chicken eggs are used for your breakfast DUCKS We have Welsh Harlequin Gold Star Hybrids Black Swedish and Khaki Cambells ducks Our bake shop uses the fresh duck eggs to increase the loft in our baked goods and desserts 17

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ACTIVITIES CALENDAR Daily activities sheets are available for your convenience at the Front Desk Are you traveling with your smart phone or computer Our activities calendar is easily accessible online www mountainviewgrand com calendar 101 Mountain View Road White eld NH 03598 855 837 2100 fi mountainviewgrand com facebook com mountainviewgrand