If you think petting a baby goat is cool, you can cuddle one for free this spring in Plattsburg.

Silent Spring Farm in Plattsburg offers free baby goat cuddling on Fridays and Saturdays this spring, and a big family fun day on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CDT at the farm.

Silent Spring Farm says anyone motivated by baby goat cuddles is welcome on the farm. They offer a fun enclosed space to sit down and let the baby goats come to you for cuddles, snuggles, and playtime. Visitors can also visit the farm's older domesticated working goats on the fence line as they love human affection also.

Silent Spring Farm asks anyone visiting the farm and engaging in goat cuddling to have closed-toed shoes and clothing that they're OK getting dirty in. The farm also asks visitors to please leave their dogs at home, or plan on leaving them in their vehicle while visiting.

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There isn't a cost to visit and cuddle the baby goats, however, they will have donation jars on tables for cash and Venmo scan codes on the tables for those who would like to donate. In addition, they have a small farm stand offering baked goods, eggs, raw honey, and soap for sale.

Free baby goat cuddling is happening:

  • Friday, April 19, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT
  • Saturday, April 20, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CDT for veterans, first responders, healthcare workers and their families ONLY.
  • Friday, April 26, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT
  • Saturday, April 27, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CDT (This is Family Fun Day at the Farm. They'll have a food truck, a big bouncy house, yard games, and more. For more details check out their Facebook event page here.)
  • Friday, May 3, 12:00 PM -4:00 PM CDT
  • Saturday, May 4, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CDT
  • Friday, May 10, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT
  • Saturday, May 11, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CDT Goats and Grief, cuddling for those who are suffering the loss of a loved one. This is only open to those families.

The farm says they will cancel free baby goat cuddling on rainy days and aim to re-open the following weekend. The farm asks those planning to visit to respect the times listed as they are a working homestead, and they make their living throughout the week managing other projects. Private baby goat cuddling can be scheduled for those who need different dates although there is a cost. More information on that can be found here at the bottom of their web page.

So why pet a goat? An article on The Hill website talking about goat cuddling asserts that studies show the bond between people and animals such as baby goats or other pets can have a positive impact on health. They cite the following benefits listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention including lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, lower triglyceride levels, decreased feelings of loneliness, more opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities, and increased opportunities for socialization.

So yeah, cuddle a baby goat. it's cute and healthy!

Silent Spring Farm is located at 1674 sw 212st, Plattsburg, Mo, 64407. The farm is on a dead-end road with a windmill marking the drive.

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