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Isabelle inside the farm's greenhouse Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Isabelle inside the farm’s greenhouse Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Hal Goodale of Goodale Farms in Riverhead is anxiously awaiting the first kid of the season to be born at his farm.

Isabelle, pictured above, is two weeks overdue and the farm has been without goat’s milk for the past couple of weeks, he said. 

Goodale’s herd of goats is now up to around 130 and 80 of them are pregnant. He said he tries to spread the pregnancies apart so they have milk on a year-round basis.

“We have such a great demand. Hopefully this next week the births will start happening,” he said. “With any luck the snow they are predicting might make it happen. Usually weather brings it on.”

Goats are pregnant for five months and generally give birth from February to May, Goodale said.

Your North Fork Sunday Scene features weekly snap shots of life on Long Island’s top fork

Volunteer Shannon Monaco is surrounded by goats as she feeds them day-old bread.
Volunteer Shannon Monaco is surrounded by goats as she feeds them day-old bread.
A goat in a protective hut.
A goat in a protective hut.

Previous North Fork Sunday Scenes:

A North Fork snow day

A New Suffolk Ave. sunset drive

Icicles form at Iron Pier Beach

Birds of many feathers in Riverhead

Blanket-wrapped horses

Katahdin sheep in Jamesport

Late fall harvest at Andrews Family Farm

Feisty Acres quail farm

Fall art in the fields

North Fork fall foliage

Healing with Horses

Harvest is coming

CSA pickup day at Biophilia

A postcard from Love Lane

Bring on summer

A stroll down Oregon Road

‘Zenful’ flowers in Baiting Hollow

Hello from this North Fork mama and her babies

North Fork asparagus is here

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