At her game during the Cream of the Crop sale, which I will write about when I have more time, I intended to get an action shot of her running the ball down the field (I get a guilty vicarious thrill when she runs down and takes the ball from the boys a full head taller than she is), but this was more than I bargained for - I got her running right out of her shoe! Anyone who has had kids at the soccer field knows that losing a shoe is a pretty common occurrence, but this is the first time I have captured it for posterity.
|Annalee in action (notice the shoes)|
While Annalee was playing, Chuck was emailing me pictures of goats from the sale. This is how a sale works when I'm back on the home front. The two of us study the catalog and see what bloodlines look like a good fit. I have currently been seeking close relatives of some of our best does. We have a few does that are the total package - they are great mothers, have great deep bodies, good udders, and rarely need deworming even in our challenging situation. Since losing goats in that storm this summer, I have been scared into trying to have the best of the best on our farm heavily represented. I don't want to lose an entire lineage in one doe.
|doeling - Generator/Onyx bloodlines|
|mature doe - Nick/Lightin'/GUL/Chantelle|
|"Mudbug" earlier this summer, sporting a tick on one ear.|
|A more recent picture of Mudbug. Ace doelings are generally chunky.|
Over the years, we've seen that Boomer always outproduces himself, and Louisianna also has really strong kids. The combination worked the next year and this year, Louisianna had two good Ace kids for us. We are keeping her doeling, and she will become "GNX Ace's Mudbug." She's a little goofy, but so is Louisianna, and she's turning into a solid little doe.
|Virginia's doe, "Thomas" - by Boomer and out of Marshmallow|
|And the most important work of the day...|