Hello everyone and welcome back to goats-a-poppin (aka kidding season). This post is to summarize and drop some pictures of the female keeper kids from this year's kidding season, or 'KS2010'.
To give you some insight on how we determine who to keep and who we don't keep needs a quick explanation of herd goals. First, as dairy producers we want females. Second, not only do we prize females but we want disease free good milkers that have good teats and a nice personality as well as being good brooders who will pass their characteristics onto their offspring which are also hopefully female. Simple right?
Boys on the other hand have a far more restrictive and shorter list of requirements as males are not necessarily needed around all the time. Some of the things we look at are: Are they full blood? Do they carry the characteristics of the breed (Nubian)? Do they have a good personality (easy to handle or do they like to butt you all the time)? If any of these requirements are a 'no' then they get removed from the herd some way at some point.
If you have been reading this blog you will know this is our first year of kidding our own herd. I have been around for years with Mom's Boer goats (and whoowee don't get me started on the birthing difficulties this year over there!) so that's kind of old hat. We had 7 overall and 3 were females which are shown with their mommies in the following pics:
Plum and her girl Lily who is an only kid. You might think they aren't related except for the ears and personality. Lily has a great marking on her other side I'll show you at some point, it looks like a shmoo.
Peach and her girl Ivy. Ivy is as sweet as her mom Peach and she's wearing the white tube top which is cute. Ivy has a brother named "Chester" who is being kept at the moment due to his pure blood and papered status. We'll see if we breed him, but at least he stays. He is a tad small as well so we will see how he develops over the coming months.
Iris and her girl Sassafrass. Sassy has a brother named Winston. Winston is unpapered but looks really good and has a pretty decent personality. We are torn about this one and may keep him as a wether to keep Chester company. I just love Sassy's polka-dotted pattern. That came from her daddy named "Bobby". In the Nubian world color makings do not matter as in other herds like Boers or Oberhalsi so the polka dots rule in my book!
Fern had 2 males which is just like her to be difficult. What that means is we'll not be keeping either of those two as they have waddles like their mom and of course are from a mixed background and exhibit a mixture of characteristics from both sides of their genetics. Their names are "Red" and "Black" which matches the color of their collars alone so you can see just how at arms length non-keeper males are considered and it shows even in their names.
Well, that's it for this year, the three girls and one boy to keep. Not too bad for beginners and we are thankful it went off as easily as it did.