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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Beautiful New Goat (It's a Small Caprine World)

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!


el said...

Congrats, Aimee! Are you worried about her horns though?

I don't rely on craigslist out here, as I went thru the ADGA of MI index to find reputable breeders...however, there are other ag sites to find a buck: (you'll have to search for state, then goats as the categories)


here's the washington link for nubians:

sorry to be such a dweeb and not do links but it's late!!

good luck buckhunting!

Aimee said...

Thanks El! Nope, I'm not wirried about horns... I always used to disbud, but after a few bad experiences (a farmer killed one kid; a vet another) I decided not to disbud unless I thought a particular kid was worth a lot of money for sale. Meat kids are not disbudded - and I haven't noticed any problems. People say they will get their heads stuck in the fence, but I haven't ever seen that happen. They also say horned goats will become bullies, and I have no opinion on that yet, because all my horned goats were juniors who were killed for meat before they got big enough to challenge the senior does. We will see what happens with this girl, who I am keeping around.

Penelope said...

My goats have gotten there heads stuck several times :-( I even had one stuck in the manger once, hanging by her horns. But I have smaller paddocks and alluring vegetation on the outside of dry lots. Overall, I prefer horns for sure, but the fence issue is real for sure!

Aimee said...

Oh, well, I hope this one doesn't get herself stuck. Isn't she pretty, Penelope?

Milkweed said...

So beautiful!

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