Choosing A Herdsire, Part 3

| 3/12/2012 4:52:35 PM

So, y’all ended up getting slightly over a week in critiquing the Nubian bucks for this third part… My apologies there for my tardiness! I’m afraid life hasn't been very conducive to goats lately as my family and I prepare for a wedding on the 17th (not mine though!). But once that’s over, life should hopefully slip back into the normal groove of things.

But never mind personal matters: let’s talk goats! What did y’all (please excuse my “y’alls”, by the way… I’m from the South. It’s in my genes) think of the Nubian bucks? Did you find that your eye is starting to get the hang of what to look for? Are you looking at your own goats differently now? My hope is that you are. Learning about conformation on any animal can take years of practice, and sometimes I wonder at myself for trying to compress it all down into a teachable post here at Mother Earth News! 

First off is the adorable Anglo-Nubian from a fellow Australian breeder. It has been fascinating to me to study the differences between Anglo Nubians (European style), and our American style here in the USA. The breed is still the same, standards are still the same, but Americans have really pushed this breed to a highly competitive level, which has given them more style, and better milking ability. The Anglo-Nubians are still chugging along, and I’m seeing some lovely specimens from breeders over there, so that’s exciting to me!


Now, letting your eye follow his contours what do we see about him? If you look at his topline (red letter ‘A’) you may notice that he has a dip just behind his shoulders, and in front of his hips. This could just be an awkward growth spurt that he’s going through (goodness knows enough of my own Nubians have done that before hitting two years of age), so while I would keep a close eye on it if he was my own buck, I’m not too concerned about it at this point. However, if he was two years or older, I would consider that a fault and unless he had superior milking genes behind him, I might reconsider him as a herdsire. A dipped, or “sway” back can cause spinal problems later in life.

“B” shows his rear leg angulation, which looks really nice to me. I wouldn’t  mind seeing a bit more angulation, but it’s not bad.

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