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Goat Sisters Greet Spring In Allendale

Wilma and Mildred, sister goats, on the first day of spring at Rohsler's Allendale Nursery Monday.
Wilma and Mildred, sister goats, on the first day of spring at Rohsler's Allendale Nursery Monday. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash

ALLENDALE, N.J. — Boer/Pygmy Cross goats Wilma and Mildred ventured out of their little red house at Rohsler’s Allendale Nursery Monday to stand in melting snow and eat hay.

Quite the way to greet spring for the sisters.

“They get animal hay,” said Brian McGlynn, who handles many tasks around the 104-year-old nursery, including the care and feeding of animals.

“When there’s not much grass because of snow, hay is good.”

In wintertime, the sisters also eat sweet goat feed, which is like a granola.

“When the temperature dips, the main thing is make sure they get water,” McGlynn said.

So every day, their pails of frozen water are taken out and replaced with fresh water.

The sisters have lived in front of the nursery, where the public can see them, for about six years.

Behind Rohsler’s are two more goats, turkeys, pheasants and chickens, one of which lays green eggs, McGlynn said.

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