It is getting late on this evening that was filled with tornados. Nothing serious, but my parents sent cell phone pics of 2 funnels in the same picture. Luckily, nobody was hurt.
I got home from a speech contest and headed to the kidding barn. I enjoyed a break from kidding this winter, but I am kind of glad that there are babies on the place. I poured feed in pans, put hay with each momma, checked babies, made sure all were nursing and then I sat down on a bale of hay. And I looked and thought, looked some more and thought even more.
The value of proven maternal lines is SO under-rated. We all want the hot buck genetics. Dude, those bad donkey females are where it’s at. Dealing with does can be a joy when they have them, take them, milk them and raise them. There is a doe in the barn that I already liked (she has raised a class winner at OYE, a res. grand at a district show and a profitable buck). This female is moving to the top of my favorites list. Obviously she produces. And she is polite, easy to deal with, looks good AND…AND doesn’t tear up panels. I only own 1/2 of this rip but I will keep them around when they act like her.
Remind me, why is this bone and shag so important? NOBODY can answer that question properly. For backdrop pics? RUFSM? I do not care that it is in style. That does not make it a positive attribute. All of these judges that get hung up on bone circumference should have to raise goats. There is a reason that I 80 is one of the highest selling semen bulls on the market. Small calves and have a chance to be good.
These big footed, wide skulled, massive babies that we have trended towards are not profitable. They have a harder birth which makes them slow to nurse then slow to feed. Then, this type of animal doesn’t grow well.
I’m not in the commercial business. But, we need to be mindful of production traits.