This particular blog is severely overdue. This is a story about getting some more San Clemente Island goats for EB Ranch, but it's also a story about gratitude and diversity.
Way back, in July of this year I had an opportunity to bring on three more San Clemente Island goats to EB Ranch. It all started off with this little goat that is now named Arcturia. Arcturia had been shuffled around to a few farms in this goats first year. The main reason being is that Arcturia is a hermaphrodite goat, that means this goat had both male and female qualities and sex organs.
Here is a quote/description from Fred C. Homeyer -"In most cases the sex organs of an hermaphrodite look strange. The vagina will be protruding or cupped at the bottom and if you peel back the skin at the cup you will see a small penis. Their rear ends are usually pretty nasty and discolored as the pee all over their rear end. These goats cannot breed but will exhibit characteristics of both bucks and does."
This is one description, I encourage people to look up hermaphroditism in livestock, there can be a variety of ways this is presented. Also, look up the difference between that and people that are born intersex.
While I have read about these goats many times before in researching, I didn't pay much attention. It came to be that Arcturia ended up on a farm less than 2 hours north west from EB Ranch. It came to pass that since Arcturia could never breed or safely carry a baby that this little goat was considered an extra, most other hermaphrodite goats end up being butchered. While I have no problem with this fact of raising livestock animals, I personally to butcher extra goats on my farm as well as poultry. This particular goat would be free for the taking if I so wished. I use a pasture rotations system and I was and still am able to have quite a few more goats on this land to manage it properly. So an extra goat sounded great, especially one that could just be a buddy with my female goats and I wouldn't have to worry about accidental breeding.
I was making preparations to pick up the yet un-named Arcturia when I was contacted by a woman in California that also has SCI goats. News is shared about these goats on a facebook group FYI. I believe the story goes is that woman contacted a person that let them know this little goat existed, this little intersex goat. This person was VERY passionate about making sure this goat not only found a new home, but also a FOREVER home. I will let people remain nameless for the time being, but, this person contacted me and said they would put together a fund to help pay for gas and any medical expenses for Arcturia as long as I gave this goat a forever home. I thought, but not long about this generous offer. I agreed quickly and made arrangements. I can confidently give this little goat a forever home, and happily.
While figuring out all of the details, the persona that then had Arcturia also had two San Clemente does that were now for sale. That is when I put together a GO FUND ME campaign that was fulfilled in less than two days! With all the generous and supportive funds I made my way up north, with my Mom to go pick up three new SCI goats!
The person that rallied the funds also named this new intersex goat Arcturia! Arcturia is from the star system Arcturus. Many would call this Spirit or Guardian Angel. This person is also a social worker and and as mentioned, is very passionate about acceptance and embraces the diversity that people offer.
With permission, later on, I will edit this blog to include names, for the mean time this is Arcturia's story.
Arcturia is doing GREAT. This goat loves the rotating pastures and was very bonded to the two female goats that came with Arcturia. Arcturia will spend their day eating grass and hay and just being a goat!
Thank you AGAIN for everyone's support!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.