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Baby goat names and the final judgment on breeding predictions 
1st-Mar-2012 09:51 pm
A few people have asked, so why not tell? I've got eight of the ten names figured out, and the last two may be a long time in coming.

Alys's boy is Cerryl, from The Saga of Recluse.
Dahlia's girl is Lina (Angelina), from The Stainless Steel Rat series.
Anna's twin boys are Ari (big and brown) and Owen (small and black), from the Mageworlds series.
Talla's twin boys are Rex, Speed Racer's older brother, and Pan (the demigod) because of his cute white pants. Yes, I call him "Pan-pants" when I talk to him.
Jessie's boy is Krys (faded red), from The Heralds of Valedmar trilogy, and her black girl is Zoe, from Sharon Shinn's Troubled Waters.
Mona's twin girls are currently being called "Bad Baby" and "Good Baby." I've shortened the first one to BeeBee when I'm alking her, but the other one hasn't gotten anything more interesting yet.

I'd also like to point back at my breeding predictions. What I said is in italics. What I got is the next sentence under it.
Jared: Sashimi, Jessie, Mona. The expectation here is a whole lot of black, hopefully with some racing stripes.
Sashimi kidded two solid blacks, one with a white foot. Jessie kidded one faded red, one black. Mona kidded twin solid blacks. No racing stripes to be seen in this bunch, but 4 girls out of 6 kids. Feels like nigh-on-complete success.

Cookie: Dahlia, Anna. I'd like to repeat Anna's successful twinning from last time (Gyre & Gimble) but this time with girls.
Well, the Anna-girls thing was a complete failure, but the successful twinning thing did repeat. And I did get one near-exact repeat of Gimble from Anna. Dahlia produced the girl. Feels like a moderate success.

Loki: Alys, Talla. I'd like to repeat Alys's first kid, Apollo, in either male or female.
Ding! Got it in one. Alys kidded a monster Mr. Personality for me. Talla produced twin miniature Mr. Personalities. Anyone who says that temperment is not a heritable trait hasn't met my goats. So as far as stated desires go, this was a total success. ... But I still would have liked more girls...
2nd-Mar-2012 03:47 am (UTC)
Who in their right mind says temperament isn't a heritable trait? I'll give you that it's not an easy one to select for, but it's definitely heritable.
2nd-Mar-2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
::laugh:: A fair chunk of the Angora goat community will often claim that only obvious physical traits are heritable.

This is also the group that hasn't read the literature on color genetics, and will argue that there is such a thing as "recessive" red. ::sigh::
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