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Virginia farm seeks volunteers to cuddle baby goats

By Daniel Uria   |   Jan. 12, 2016 at 2:10 PM

ESMONT, Va., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A farm in Virginia has placed an ad searching for volunteers in anticipation of a large number of goat births expected in February.

Volunteers at Caromont Farm in Virginia's Albermale County can sign up for four-hour shifts starting on Feb. 7 when the farm anticipates about 90 baby goats, or kids, will be born.

"Kidding season is fast-approaching here at Caromont farm and we are looking for helping hands," the sign-up sheet stated. "Beginning in early February we will need willing, caring volunteers to assist in bottle feeding infant goats, keeping the herd warm and dry and maintaining cleanliness of the equipment and pens."

The farm makes goat cheese, so while the mothers are milked volunteers will bottle feed the kids and warm them by cuddling them and having them wear small sweaters.

No prior experience is required to volunteer, as Caromont Farm employee Isabella Zechini told WVIR they enjoy letting the public take part in the miking process.

"We love to have people come and see that whole process - see where their food comes from," she said.

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