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Here's my girls. Critique please!

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Okay the first two are my dry yearlings who are getting bred this year.

Heidi, she was not (being sold, I don't think she's what I want for my herd)

Lyric, the first goat I ever got. First pic I know she's too stretched out.

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And here is my 4 year old doe. She is being dried off.

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well let's see. The first really seems to look up to you. The second one seems to like yoga. The third one seems a little stuck up. That or she smells dinner cooking! In other words...........HOW CUTE:p
Are these ones you have bought or were they all born on your farm?
lol, thanks. I bought them all. I've only got one that was born on my farm, he is the 4year olds' son. He's being bred to the first two girls.

Here he is.

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Shes colored just like my bore/kiko doe! I love it.
Their backs seems pretty level and I know thats a good thing no matter the breed, Im a meat goat type of gal so I cant offer much more than that.
These does are very pretty and you can tell you take good care of them is my uneducated, have no clue, critique:
I like the black on the legs and tail of the first one (Heidi)
Lyric looks like she is trying really hard to stand the right way and she has a darling face
4 year old Doe looks like she needs her neck scratched and has beautiful colors!
All your goats look very healthy and win!!!!!!!:)
I like the first best, actually. She's long, uphill, has a beautiful hip angle, and nicely boned. Nicely dairy. I love her hind end. She could use a LITTLE more girth but she seems pretty well sprung, IMO.

Then again I don't like the 'chunky' look to nubians - I like the dainty dairy look and she has it more than the others. :)
i hope the nubian will not be changed to dairy, dairy looking. the original purpose was for milk and meat.
there are enough swiss breeds for the dairy look ;)
the nubian is also one of the bigger breeds. too many nubians lost size and look almost fragile.
my six month old kids are the size of the yearlings in the picture.
Yeah I know nubians were meat and dairy... I just like the dairier look better, hence my alpines. :)
These pictures are difficult to really critique but I'll give you my novice opinion. :)

The buck: I can't tell if his chine is dippy or if he just looks that way because he's reaching above him for a branch. Otherwise, my personal opinion of him would be that he needs a bit more heart girth and a better front end assembly (much deeper brisket). I can't really tell how wide he is from a side shot, would have to see him walk. The same is true for his rump - is it steep, is it just right? Hard to tell from this shot. His coloring on his front legs misleads me too.

The four-year-old dry doe: Again, I can't tell if she has a dippy chine and/or high withers. I suspect high withers (which is not necessarily a bad thing). She has a nice brisket, decent heart-girth and spring of rib, and good rear leg angulation. At first if you cover her tail, I think her rump looks about right here, if not just a hair steep, but when you include the tail in the picture, it accentuates the steep rump because of the low set. I'd like to see more bone on this girl and more upright pasterns on the front legs. It's hard to tell from this shot, but I think I'd like to see more of a roman nose on this girl too. She appears to have a nice, flat bone pattern, though.

What, no shots including udders? Are all your girls dry? You must be missing the milk! :) I'm about to dry my girls and I don't know WHAT I'll do without the milk! lol

Heidi: Hard to judge with the way she is standing but she looks like a yearling so that fits. Nice bone on this doe, fairly good front end assembly, and a nice, uphill stance flowing evenly to a level rump. Her rump really isn't that much better than the four-year-old, but because Heidi's tailset is higher, the rump doesn't look as steep here. I'd like to see more spring of rib and better rear leg angulation, but these things would be easier to judge with the addition of a top-down or rear shot. Nice upright pasterns on this doe.

Lyric: Pretty similar to Heidi in many respects, but appears to be more mature. What's her age here? You are right, she is too stretched out. If the front legs were set more squarely beneath her shoulders, she would look to have a better brisket. Similarly, the back legs wouldn't look so posty. It's hard to tell for sure with this shot, but I think her back legs are a little posty in actuality since I've seen many goats standing like this that do not look as posty. Could just be where her weight is distributed, or the angle of the photographer, though. The second shot of Lyric shows nice, upright pasterns on the front end and the brisket I knew was there that wasn't showing up in the first shot. Her brisket still is a bit shallow, but not bad. I'd like to see a stronger jaw and a bit more of a roman nose. My complaint with this shot, though, is that the top of her front legs looks a little odd - I think it's the angle of the shot because you don't get the same effect with the other goats' shots. She does appear to be fairly narrow on the chest floor (common in this breed, I understand), but I think I would have a better appreciation for the whole package, really with all your goats, if they were holding their heads properly so we could look at the shoulder and neck tie-in. They all appear to have fairly upright shoulders, but it's really hard to evaluate this with goats holding their heads this way. Don't fret though, some of my goats HATE to hold their heads properly when walking or standing in line. ;)

On the issue of a dippy chine, you might try finding a nerve farther back on their spine to ask them to scrunch. It almost looks like you are pushing their chines down inadvertently.

Of course take this all with a grain of salt - I'm still very much a newbie.
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Thank you! I do have a picture of Lyrae's udder before I dried her off. It's not a great pic though.

They really don't like to have their heads held like I have them. Althought Lyrae, my four year old, doesn't mind near as much as the rest of them. They all actually have decent roman noses it's just hard to see in these pics. It's Heidi's and Lyrae's ears I don't particularly like. Thank you so much for your critique! It helps so much!
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I don't know anything about critiquing, but my goodness that buck has a long body.. Or maybe it's just the pic.. lol
Nope, that's him. He's incredibly long. lol
A side view of the udder paired with the rear view would tell us more, but she does look to have nice capacity, good laterals (would have to feel to be sure, though), a strong medial, large, plump teats that hang nicely plumb, and a lovely high and open escutcheon. Do you milk by hand? Or do you milk by machine? Always wonder about that triangle-shape to the teats maybe being caused by a mechanical milker...?

I didn't think the buck looked all that long. I think it's a misleading picture because the bottoms of his feet are hidden in the grass. Put him on a hard, level surface where you can see his full proportions and I think you'll think he's balanced but not exceptionally long. I have a few I should photo here for you (nigerians, though) that look like torpedoes because they are soooo long. It's their one saving grace, frankly, as I believe them to be far too narrow in the chest floor and hips. They are brother & sister and it was a repeat breeding of a dam and sire that had been paired nicely before. I got great length and fantastic bone with fast-growing genetics, but strangely narrow babies right from the get-go. I am almost certain the buck will be wethered, but I am keeping him intact for now just to see how he grows and matures, sort of as an experiment. I don't believe his proportions will change, but others think he might actually widen as he grows. The thing I just keep telling myself is that if I wether him, he sells right away, but if I keep him a buck, it doesn't hurt to have one more warm body in with the other two small bucks to keep them warm this time of year. Hehehehe.

The doe is even more interesting than the buck. She has been on mom for a few months longer than brother (he self-weaned from the bottle after I had to take him out of the girl's pen for trying to mount everyone, even at 12 weeks, I thought it much too early with winter coming on). The doe is long, not quite as long as her brother, but she is slightly wider throughout. If you look at these two, you can really see how the proportions accentuate their length and overall dairy character. Need to take new photos!!!

As an aside, at our Fair ADGA & AGS shows, one judge didn't like the narrow bodies on these two and placed both last in their classes (Repp), the other raved about their length and placed at least one of them first (even made the boy ND jr. champion buck, go figure) (Considine). The next day, the first judge changed his mind and put both first in their classes against many of the same goats. Weird. I know sometimes they present better one day over another, but I still would not have ever put either of them first in their classes. lol
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