Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I went and did it again - yes, I bought a goat. A new doe. And not just any doe - a gorgeous tri-color spotty doeling. She looks just like the one that the vet accidentally killed this spring (Letter to the Vetrinarian), but a year older. It's no surprise they look alike - they are half sisters.
Yes, I bought one of Storm Cloud's offspring. One of my trade partners (I think I used to call her Turkey Girl, because our first trade with her was a thanksgiving turkey for Storm Cloud's buck service) is getting out of goats, and had three does for sale. One of them was Polly (short for Polychromatic), this lovely young thing right here:
Her sire was Storm Cloud, which means that two of my does, Flopsy and Iris, are her grandmother and great-grandmother respectively. I am especially glad to get Polly, because ever since I sold Storm Cloud, I had been lamenting the fact that I didn't keep any of his offspring. He was (presumably still is ) such a pretty buck - good conformation, good health, good feet, and good temperament. Here is a picture of Storm Cloud as a big kid, you can see he's pretty. In fact, these two bucklings are so pretty it looks like a Caprine version of an Abercrombie and Fitch ad.
I'm glad to have some of his blood back in the herd. However, I still don't have a buck for this year! Now I have FOUR lonely, spotted ladies to breed, and no Billy around to do the deed. I've advertised on Craigslist, but so far to no avail. I'm hoping to board a buck for a month or so and get the whole job done at once.
If you know of any stunningly handsome, big-boned, spotted fullbred Nubian buck around the NW washington area, give me a holler!