Tag Archives: genetics


2 Sep

You might recall that Antigone had really weak horns that she kept ripping off.  I do think it was a genetic trait from her dad because a couple of her half-sisters also have those weird horns.  They just aren’t anywhere near as bad as Antigone’s.  That’s probably a result of her being an inbred oopsie baby.  Anyhow, I had the vets remove those horribly weak horns.  She was really older than one would typically dehorn, but it was medically necessary in her case.


Well, one reason I don’t routinely dehorn my goats is scurs.

They tend to still get little horn growths that are loose and eventually fall off just to start the process all over again.  But with Antigone, there really wasn’t much of a choice.  She’s spent all summer growing loose scurs.

Often, when the scur comes off, it’s a bloody mess; although not as bad as what it was when Antigone was ripping her whole horn off.

Cows don’t do that as badly.  You remove a cow’s horn, and it’s just gone.  MJ, my steer, was actually born scurred; he had little sorta horns that were weak and didn’t really amount to much.  They were removed, and that was it.  Now, most farmers have selectively bred horns out of their cattle because being polled (without horns) is the dominant trait.

MJ (from 2013)

Unfortunatley, in goats there tends to be other undesirable genetic traits (such as hermaphrodites) that are paired with being polled that makes this less of a desirable option.

Bambi “I have no undesirable traits.”

Anyhow, back to Antigone.  I’m happy to say that Antigone’s longer scur fell off.

Even though I had prepared by purchasing blood stop powder, cotton pads, and vet wrap, it was completely bloodless and pain free.

Hopefully, that trend continues because she’s had enough pain from those horns.

Sam’s Influence

19 Jul

I had to go look for some kids that had been left in pasture a couple days ago.  They were pretty easy to find, and they’re old enough I’m not sure why they didn’t just come back to the barn.    Anyhow, they did come after a little coaxing.

Caroline, Colt, Astra, and Jumbo

I couldn’t help but notice how they all have those pointy Saanen ears and white color.  Three of these (the fourth was in the grass beside the rock) also have wattles.  They are little carbon copies of their dad.  Hopefully, they’ll bring those Saanen milk genes to my milk room when I start milking his kids.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.

Weekend Scavenger Hunt

9 Apr

This week’s Scavenger Hunt Sunday Items are: sweet, not normal, ordinary day, smile, and different angle.

An ordinary day means an ordinary bird. I haven’t done much birding lately between weather and goats.  Any time I see a bird I’d love to photograph, I’m in the middle of something without my camera.   Today, you get a sparrow.


Different Angle:  I usually don’t photograph the goats from up above, but sometimes it works out well.

Tommy and PJ

Tommy and PJ

Sam is always good for a smile.



I’ve already told you that Clover is not normal.  She has horrible feet that she inherited from her dad who got them from his mother.  I will never keep a kid from her, and I think I’m going to retire her from breeding.  Her feet just seem to keep getting worse.

Clover with Luther

Clover with Luther

If I could keep a girl from her, it would be Lexie.  She is just the sweetest looking thing.  She reminds me of that grandpa and  great-grandma who are responsible for those bad feet.

Clover and Lexie

Clover and Lexie

If only I could know whether or not she got those genes.

There’s still another day to join in this week’s Friday’s Hunt.  If you want, the items are at the top of my sidebar.

I’m also sharing with Shadow Shot Sunday, Saturday’s Critters, Weekend Reflections, Camera Critters, Bird d’Pot.