We prefer a Doe to not look bucky but be a strong animal that can handle making
a living in the pastures and a large enough body to carry multiple kids during pregnancy.
Notice the small barrel shape of the body in the picture to the left. The picture
above is our Prissy Lady. She has the characteristics we like in a young Doe. Notice
how much deeper her body is compared to the one on the left. Prissy Lady also has
the stronger neck, her back doesn't dip behind the shoulders, larger heart girth
for more room for internal organs, horns growing away from the body, less Roman Nose
and stronger chest area. The last "plus" for Prissy Lady are, she rarely requires
worming because she is more resistant to stomach worms. Prissy Lady does make a
living in the pasture, is carrying multiple embryos and has a high immunity to worms.
The deep body and strong neck cause Miss Mandy to look shorter than the other Doe
but that is not true.
The Doe to the left is what is winning in the show ring. The Doe above has the genetics
for our future herd. The meat goat industry does not eat show ribbons.
The picture above is a good example of what some judges are looking for and will
give the animal a better chance of winning because of the "feminine look". I went
through judges training with South African breeders as the trainer. When they discussed
the standard for Does needing to look feminine, I asked what that meant. They stated
it meant to not look "bucky" because in their experience, Does that looked like bucks
were more likely to have breeding problems. This is where, I believe, the judges
go overboard. Many of them believe if it is good for a Doe to be feminine enough
to not look like a buck then the more feminine they look, the better they are. That
is just not true. If the Doe has some genetics that cause her to look bucky, that
is a problem. However, if there are no genetics making the Doe look bucky, then she
should have no breeding problems and looking "more feminine" does not mean she will
be an even better breeder.he trend in shows has been for animals to have longer,
thinner looking necks.
The picture above is a good example of an animal that is winning in shows because
of the long, thin neck. This is another feature that has no justification for wanting
it in meat goat breeds. The look came about from the show wether market. The breeders
wanted a look to make the animal look longer and that is exactly what the long, thin
neck and tubular body does. Several of the breeders that were creating the look
were also judges.
There is a problem with a longer, thinner neck. What do you think makes the neck
look longer? Do you think there are more bones in the neck to cause that? No. I asked
a vet about this and he said there can be more space between the neck bones that
would cause it. Do you think that makes the neck stronger or weaker? Have you ever
seen goats butt heads? We prefer a strong, thick neck that is strong and it is a
good source of meat for steaks.