Monday, April 9, 2012
A Little Experiment
Early in the fall, my son and daughter-in-law were down at the farm and we were discussing how to get a clone of Cora Belle (my favorite goat ad nauseum). They, being both scientists and well-versed in genetics, suggested I breed Cora Belle's daughter Wedding Belles to her son Easter Island. They have different fathers so it wasn't a straight brother to sister breeding. I know it sounds Yuk but it's called line breeding in the goat world.
That was exactly what I did then waited the five months to see what we would get. Wedding Belles wasn't very big and I expected a single buck kid.
Here is Cora Belle as a kid. My goal.
When Wedding Belles went into labor last Tuesday, I was pretty pleased to help her deliver a lovely little doeling that is almost a carbon copy of Cora Belle.
And if that wasn't enough...an almost (a little more black) carbon copy of Cora Belle's full sister, Boxcar Betty.
Here is Betty as a kid. She lives and works at Herron Hill Dairy .
I'd say our little experiment was a success. I love science.