Chuck had been looking forward to getting down there for some times, but as I've said before, sometimes goats get in the way of life and sometimes life gets in the way of goats. We always relish the opportunity to see how other folks are managing their goats, and what we might learn from them. One of the things I have enjoyed most about getting in to goats is the willingness of other producers to help. In my former job, there were some helpful people and also a bunch of guys who acted like any information they passed along was somehow like them giving away their own edge. They guarded it jealously and basically insisted everyone figure things out themselves. I never had much use for that. To me, it is a waste of time. Why on earth would I want anyone to make the same mistakes I made if I could just teach them what I have learned? It seems far more productive to me and if there is one thing I hate it is waste. I hate wasted time, wasted energy, and most especially, wasted brain power.
|A welcome sight as Chuck arrived at his destination. Looks like the right place!|
Chuck got to see ECR Rusty, Shaw's sire. The only other goat we have with Rusty in her background is tough little Kitty. She is a Rusty granddaughter on the bottom side. Let's hope some of her toughness came from that side!
|Does in the field in Mississippi|
I have come to love reading Frank Pinkerton's writings, and Chuck enjoyed his speaking style in person down at the 2010 AKGA seminar as much as I did. I mean, how can you not just love a man who uses the phrase, "eat up with the dumb*ss" and it rolls off his tongue just as smoothly and naturally as breathing... I have a feeling if he hung out with me and Chuck for any length of time he'd have that expression about worn out. Chuck bought his book while he was at the Goat Rancher office, and then he loaded Shaw and headed home. Of course, we all know how his arrival went once he got back home. Thankfully, he has settled in and we hope his first escape with us is his only one, as it was for his former owners.
|Now those are some horns on a buck at Egypt Creek Ranch|
|more does at Egypt Creek Ranch|
We are still trying to produce great does. That is our focus, and the bucks we produce we hope to be from such strongly maternal lines that someone could take them and use them on a group of does and then, when their daughters come, have themselves a heck of a herd of does. It is a work in progress, of course, but each kid crop has been better than the last, so we are ever hopeful.