Fall goat maintenance involves the usual hoof trimming and worming but also evaluating condition, coat and conjunctival pallor to see whose in good shape for the long winter and for breeding. The goats all look really good- some are fat. Mr. Mahogany above particularly looks good. He’s very muscled with nice coat and size. He also has a great temperament which helps.
At this point for the sheep I am trying to limit my breeding this year. I think I will breed Sheila again to Jocko to produce her gorgeous dense crimpy fleece in modified colors. She’s going to be 10 next year so this is my last chance to preserve her genes in my flock. I am going back and forth regarding breeding Monette again. She is a double-coated grey ewe who carries spots. I would like to preserve her (and her mother’s) genetics because I love their personalities and their fleeces- soft and wonderful to spin. But she produced one cryptorchid ram in the past so don’t want that in the future. If I do breed her, I’d like to use Lewis to try to produce spots. People seem to like the light grey lambs as well as spots. I am thinking I will breed Mona again to Lewis to try to make some more HST lambs. They are gorgeous and desirable for selling. This does involve inbreeding though so I have to be aware of producing unwanted genetic recessive defects. I am considering breeding Jenny again, my grey katmoget ewe. Her and Jocko have produced some gorgeous lambs in the past with fleece to die for, katmoget markings and one was also mioget to boot. I wish I had kept that lamb! So if I can produce another I will keep her. I am thinking about breeding Wink our mioget double coated ewe with Jocko again. Jocko is getting up there (8 now) and I would really like to get a replacement mioget ram. My best chance is with Wink but would prefer Jocko’s fleece type to Winks for a breeding ram. So I am not sure I want to take the chance. Finally I am thinking about breeding Daphnie again- our fawn horned ewe that carries spots. I am going back and forth about using Lewis to bring out her spots or Jocko to bring out the fleece quality. It seems like the lighter colors are more desirable to people but spots are a real selling point too. I have scratched Lizzie and Heidi off the breeding list (for now anyway) because although they are gorgeous ewes who produce great lambs- the brown lambs don’t seem to be selling. I’ve also decided not to breed Sadie one last time. I already have her genetics in Miss Lizzie and don’t need more moorit right now. So she can go into retirement. I also go back and forth about using Wilma instead of Wink. Wilma’s fleece and color are nicer but she also produced one cryptorchid lamb so Wink is probably the better choice. So if I stick to this plan there’s 6 ewes to breed- I was hoping for 5 so need to keep looking at my decisions.