Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Scrotal Attachments

They need to be high and tight and a good circumference. A buck is 50% of your herd and better. You want those daughters to have well attached udders with a will to milk. Cattle people believe that the size of the scrotal is an indication of the milking ability of the daughters. We know the size of the scrotal is an indication of  good reproduction too. Pay close attention to the conformation of the buck. You want him to be smooth and level across the top with a good extension of brisket. We are not looking for just a wide chest but one with an extension of brisket. Look for good width between those hind legs and good strong legs and feet. Don’t just breed your does to any buck but look for the best that you can find.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Parts of a Kinder Goat

Evaluation Parts of a Kinder goat Modified

Use this sheet to help you understand the Evaluation Sheet below. The scoring on the Evaluation Sheet is dim so I have copied the scoring and it is listed below.

1...90-100 Excellent
2+..87-89 Very Good
2...84-86 Good
2-..80-83 Fair
3+..77-79 Utility
3...74-76 Utility
3-..70-73 Utility
4...60-69 Utility

Evaluation of a Kinder Buck

Click on the edge of the Evaluation Sheet in order to make it bigger so you can read it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Breeder Standard

Here is a copy of the Breed Standard. Please take note; the Kinder goat is to be genetically  horned. An animal that is polled is not to be used for breeding and should not be registered.


Kinder Goat Breeders Association

The Kinder is a midsize goat that is well proportioned in body length and legs. Its compact
physique conforms to dairy characteristics despite its somewhat heavy bone and lean, yet
well muscled structure. The Kinder goat is a prolific, productive, alert, animated,
good-natured and gregarious breed.
General Appearance
HEIGHT: 20"- 26" at the withers for does, maximum 28" for bucks.
COAT: Short, fine textured.
MARKINGS: Any colors, any markings are acceptable.
HEAD: Strong, clean-cut, balanced, with deep jaw and wide muzzle and nostrils. Straight or
dished face. Ears are long and wide, resting below horizontal and extending to the end of the
muzzle or beyond when held flat against the jaw line. Genetically horned; disbudding and
dehorning recommended. (NOTE: in order to show at sanctioned shows, animals must be
disbudded or dehorned). Large eyes, widely set, bright and animated.
SHOULDER: Muscular, well attached at withers and set smoothly on the chest wall. Point of
shoulder behind brisket extension.
CROPS: Full, well muscled, not fatty.
BACK: Strong, laterally straight, smooth transposition from withers, blending smoothly at
hips into rump.
CHINE: Level and straight.
LOIN: Wide, level and having moderate fleshing over short ribs.
RUMP: Moderate slope from hips to pins and otherwise wide level from thurl to thurl. Pin
bones should be moderately wide, set level with the tail head and have moderate fleshing.
LEGS: Moderately heavy boned but not coarse. Strong, sturdy, straight, wide apart,
providing ample height for udder clearance. Pasterns medium length. Strong and springy
with proper slope. Rear legs when viewed from behind set wide apart and straight; when
viewed from the side, well angulated from thurl to hock. Hock cleanly molded, straight from
hock to pastern.
FEET: Short, straight, with deep heel and level sole. Toes symmetrical and tight, not curled
or splayed.
Dairy/Meat Character
NECK: Moderate length, strong and muscular but not fat, smoothly blended to shoulder and
WITHERS: Wedge shaped, slightly above and blending smoothly into the shoulder blade.
Muscular but not fat, should be slightly higher than hips.
RIBS: Long, flat, and wide apart, well sprung and deep.
FLANK: Moderately deep and arched, with some increase in depth of flank over depth at
heart girth.
THIGHS: Muscular, but with some incurving when viewed from the side and rear; set apart
and long with somewhat wide incurving escutcheon providing ample room for the udder.
SKIN: Soft, fine textured, and pliable.
Body Capacity
Relatively large in proportion to the size of the animal, providing ample lung, digestive, and
reproductive capacity, as well as strength, vigor, and stamina. Greater attention to depth and
spring of rib than to body length.
CHEST: Deep and wide, moderate angularity.
BARREL: Deep and strongly supported by ribs that are wide apart and well sprung; depth and
width increasing toward the rear of the barrel.
HEART GIRTH: Deep, resulting from long, well sprung fore ribs, wide chest floor, full at the
point of elbow.
BRISKET: Prominent, extending beyond the point of shoulder when viewed from the side.
Mammary System
FORE UDDER: Extended well forward, widely and tightly attached.
REAR UDDER: Highly, widely, and tightly attached.
MEDIAL SUSPENSORY LIGAMENT: Strong and dividing neatly into a wide, quite level
udder floor with about 1/2" deep cleft.
CAPACITY AND SHAPE: Proportionately large capacity with uniform halves and soft
texture adding to capacity.
TEATS: Medium size, easy to milk, cyndrilical, uniform, plumb from rear view, pointing
slightly forward from the side view. any teat abnormality denotes a "cull" and is unacceptable.
Reproductive System for Bucks
TESTICLES: Two, evenly and fully descended, of equal size, healthy and firm. The scrotal
sac is to be soft and pliable, with moderate to tight attachment.
TEATS: Two non-functional, well shaped and adequately spaced. Any teat abnormality
denotes a "cull" and is unacceptable.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Kinder Goats and Color

Here is an issue that is very troubling to myself and others in the association. Color seems to have become to many, the main characteristic, when breeding the Kinder goat. Color should be the last consideration in our breeding program. Conformation, good udders, milk production and a good meat carcass should be our main focus not flashy colors, spots and etc.. It may be that there are those that will pay more money for a Kinder with lots of spots and other color combinations but this should not be. Any good serious breeder will not go this route. This type of breeding is not going to be good for our Kinder goat and in the end is going to produce animals that will evaluate as poor specimens of the Kinder breed. This is not what we want our Kinder goat to become just a goat of many colors.

Kinder breeders it is up to you personally to insure that color does not ruin the Kinder goat.