A Visit to Connemara Farms, Flat Rock, NC

I visited an exotic goat resort up in Flatrock, NC called Connemara Farms.  It’s the home of the literary great Carl Sandburg, whose wife Paula was a pioneer of the American dairy goat industry.  Here’s one of her Toggenburg goats.  She also bred the glamorous Nubian, whose milk she prized for its high butterfat content, and Saanen, a Swiss breed.

Mrs. Sandburg’s breeding line lives on in style, with about a half dozen attendants, including two park service volunteers tending to their every need.  I didn’t see a droplet of the brown stuff anywhere.  I don’t know if there’s a dark side to this story — as with other dairy operations — but it was a highlight so far on my amble for farm animals.

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