Springtime was cold and late in Northeast Ohio, so the goats didn’t get their coats trimmed until this week – their first trims as yearlings. After giving them their haircuts, we went to the American Goat Society (AGS) 2011 National Show (as spectators only).
The show was a real learning experience; we saw many beautiful Nigerian Dwarf goats and met some very dedicated breeders. I was happy that although our girls wouldn’t take first place at the Nationals, I don’t believe they’d be last either (although their haircuts need to be much neater).
Anyway, the show encouraged me to start seriously trying to photograph the girls so I’d learn their good and bad points with respect to the breed scorecard. Also, we’re planning to breed Honey and Jewel to Old Mountain Farm Palindrome (from Wild Wind Farm) this fall; and he won RGCH buck at Nationals – so that’s a great thing. This is a picture we took of him at the show:
Here’s Honey after her first trim this year:
Here’s Jewel, had trouble getting her to hold still:
And here’s Tinker Bell, she’s on a diet – she came out of winter with a little too much condition. Her topline isn’t as nice as the Jewel or Honey’s, but I do like her legs and width between the hocks: