In 2007, David and Angela Bell retired from their careers with the Federal Aviation Administration and as a financial advisor respectively, and bought a farm in southern New Hampshire. They decided to raise cashmere goats, which they brush to harvest their soft fleecy undercoats. “They are really smart animals with personality,” says Angela. “They’re capricious and tenacious.” While still in what Angela calls the “incubator stage,” one of their bucklings won 1st prize at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival in October 2011.
Angela and David are proud that Kiddin’ Around cashmere goats live on pasture and are able to perform their natural behaviors. Their high-welfare management produces the highest quality fiber. They eat nothing but grass and forage and they aren’t given any supplements or medications unless a goat is sick. Being Animal Welfare Approved gives them the assurance that they are doing the right thing. David and Angela are happy to know that they can call on AWA’s technical staff when they need guidance.
While Angela and David enjoy traveling, their early “retirement” has tied them down to the farm. They enjoy reading and spending time on the farm with their children and grandchildren, who love the goats.