In Search of the Perfect Kid

7 Oct

I have had goats now for fourteen years.  I’ve had a lot of kids born on the farm.  I currently have around forty-five forever goats.  I want this number to get smaller because, quite honestly, I’m getting old and want less work.  At the same time, I’m horribly sentimental, so I want to keep descendants from all my goats. Well, at least all my original lines.  That means:  Millie, Minnie, Maddie, Cutie, Meg, Scarlet, Grace, Annie, Mabel, and Coffee for the girls.  All of my bucks:  Ozzy, Grover, Jack, Boeris, and Sam.  I’ve decided to create the perfect kid–a kid that has blood from all of those goats listed before.


I have it narrowed down to five girls and Xerxes that I have to somehow combine.  It will take another three or four generations, but I think I can do it.


I have also decided I might use a buck because I don’t want to keep a ton of goats now.  Just one or two over the next few years.  That adds another level of challenging to it.


So if Blaze and Fionn have an awesome buck, I could breed it to Hilda and keep a girl from that combination.  Then, even if I sold the buck, the kids would still be from that line  (That’s how I got Dolly.  I kept Millie’s buck, Bam Bam and bred him to Lily.  That turned out pretty darn cute and sweet.).


In some lines, I also have a couple of generations I can use–Bonnie, Blaze and Gidget; Wanda and Ava.


There are a couple that I only have one from that line to continue it on–Hilda and Cutie.


Of course, I have lots of kids that have Millie, Scarlet, Mabel, Maddie, Annie, Ozzy, and Grover in them.  Yes, Sidney (and LilyAnn) come from all of them.


It will be interesting to see what combinations I can come up with to do this as quickly (and cute, sweet and healthy) as possible.

10 Responses to “In Search of the Perfect Kid”

  1. Jeanne October 7, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

    Well, that’s quite a program you have planned for yourself! I wish you well with it and really hope that you get some beautiful spotted ones!! 🙂 I love those spots!!

  2. Erika October 7, 2017 at 10:47 pm #

    Have you ever rented out any of your goats to people who only want to use them for cleaning up some property? I have a friend here who rents about 4 every couple of years to mow down her family’s large property out in the country.

  3. Jim October 7, 2017 at 11:36 pm #

    Best wishes with your combing lines program.
    No inbreeding, right.

    • Teresa October 8, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

      There will be some kissing cousins. I’ve done a little bit of line breeding, but health is always a main priority.

  4. janicead October 8, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    You mind works much better than most I know. Keeping up with all this just boggles my mine.


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