Welcome. I hope to be more transparent with my decisions and planning on EB Ranch. Not that I was hiding anything on purpose, but I thought that sharing my breeding plans with the public would be informative and possibly helpful to other breeders.
With any breeding plan, you need to create goals. And that can be especially tricky when working with a rare breed of livestock. For the most part just gaining numbers is the priority. Now that these goats have grown to at least 1,000 breeders can start focuses on aspects of these goats.
The number one priority over all is health and good body confirmation. Secondary is breeding for traits or keeping with lines. On EB Ranch my plan is breeding healthy and hardy goats with one section concentrated on improved milking while another section is concentrating on improved meat quality. With these mild improvements I still want to maintain the goats natural vigor and hardiness to environmental change and thriving off browse and pasture that would be deemed as poor quality to other goat or livestock breeds. I don't ever want to sacrifice the ruggedness of the san clemente island goat in favor of them producing more milk or meat.
Here are the breeding bucks I used in 2019.
From left to right is Pablo, Conan and Koselig. All of these bucks have been especially hardy and not prone to parasite load issues.
Pablo is tall and leggy with possible good meat quality to pass along. He is also very mellow and easy to work with.
Conan was born on EB Ranch. He is smaller and more fine boned. He also come from possilby good milking lines and he also has just one teat per side.
Koselig was born on EB Ranch and is Pablo's progeny. Koselig's dam had great milking genetics though Koselig has extra teats. Koselig is a bit more chunky but he hasn't taken on the long legs of Pablo.
I put my does into three breeding groups. Though the group I put in with Koselig didn't last long. It was Koeslig's first breeding season and I put some mature does in with him. They wouldn't let him breed with any of the does so they where quickly taken out and put in with Pablo. Breeding began on 11/19/2019.
On 11/24/2019 I took the does in with Koselig and put them in with Pablo.
On 12/14/2019 I put all does in with Pablo to cover any that may have been missed.
On 01/18/2020 I will separate Pablo from the does.
Below are the bucks and list of does put with them. I will picture the does below.
Koselig-Magga and Daisy. Taken out on 12/14/2019
Conan-Colores, Atla, Ada, Brynhilda.
Pablo-Julbocken, Jaska, Silva, Ama, Eisa, Borghild, Strega.
Starting from the left and moving right, then repeating these are the does and any particular traits worth sharing.
Magga-Very petite and fine boned. Has one teat per side. Is related to Conan otherwise I would have bred her to him. Will be first time freshener.
Jaska-Extra teats, pretty typical SCIG. Will be first time freshener.
Ada-Larger doe with one teat per side.
Julbocken-Extra teats pretty typical SCIG. Will be first time freshener.
Ama-Larger doe with one teat per side.
Atla-Very friendly, larger doe with one teat per side.
Brynhilda-Small framed doe with one teat per side, very timid. Will be first time freshener?
Colores-Larger doe, one teat per side, very outgoing.
Borghild-Larger doe with more "meaty" frame being very broad chested. Not very tame, did miscarry last year for reasons unknown. History of not being able to be bred previous year from previous owner?
Strega-More squat doe with extra teats. Dam had nice small udder with one teat per side.
Silva-Petite and fragile doe. Extra teats per side, is fine but doesn't thrive. Will be first time freshener.
Daisy-Older doe that hasn't gotten pregnant for the past three years. Small udder and two teats per side.
Kid due dates start April 14th and will run until early June of 2020. Stay tuned for pictures and other information.