For the past four years, Rebecca Herberg has knit mini-orange and blue sweaters for her goats on her 400-acre property called Dancing Kids Ranch. The tradition started because Herberg’s husband Jim is a diehard Broncos fan.
“If he could’ve found a woman that was blue and orange he would’ve married her. But he’s stuck with me,” Herberg jokingly told ABC News. “He would paint our cabin blue and orange if I’d let him. Our compromise is letting him look out and see the animals in blue and orange.”
The sweaters are not only cute, they’re practical.
“They get cold, so they need a little something on those chilly nights,” she explained of why she started knitting the small sweaters. “They’re born in the spring and at nights it gets really chilly. Until they’re on their feet and up running around they need something to keep them warm.”
Most of the baby goats, called kids, weigh only 8 or 9 pounds when they’re born, but “We get a couple of whoppers who are about 10 to 12 pounds that have some fat on them, so they don’t need the sweaters,” she laughed.
The females get orange sweaters and the males get blue.
“When they start butting heads out there it looks like a football game,” said Herberg. “We have 300 goats. They have between 150 and 200 kids in the spring. And we have 14 dogs.”
The rancher has about 60 to 70 sweaters which she hands down to the new kids once the older ones have outgrown them.
“The first group wears them and then they grow up and we take them off and wash them and they move on to the next group,” she said.
Herberg isn’t even a sports fan, she just likes to support the team her husband has always loved.
“I’m not a football fan. I’m only a Broncos fan. It’s fun,” she quipped. “My husband was raised in Aspen. And then his family moved to Hawaii. But he was always a Broncos fan. They’ve always been his team, and he’s always said, ‘I wanna go home.’”
After 30 years of living in Virginia, the Herbergs moved to Montrose, Colorado to live out their dream of being ranchers.
“My dream was to be self-sufficient and have a little homestead. And of course he wanted to have a way to pay for it. And that’s where the ranch came from,” she explained.
“We always went down to the local dives to watch it and decided it was time to bite the bullet,” said Herberg.
And as for the goats?
“We’ll turn on the radio out there so they can cheer along,” she laughed.