SCI Goat Party!
Third Annual SCI Goat Party, October 2012
This year's party was great! We had big breeders,
little breeders, newbie breeders, use-to-be breeders, wanna-be breeders,
and others that represented hands-on history of the breed, and education
on what this breed is bringing to the future. AND we invited some goats
that stayed a comfortably for a few hours until they met their future
In short, it was a really productive
Jerry Gauquie came in from Minnesota. He's a
Big Breeder who carries most bloodlines in his herd. He taught me a lot!
Jerry has enough experience now to where he can often tell the difference
in bloodlines/strains just by looking at them, which is a huge step
forward for San Clemente Island goats!
Jerry was kind enough to bring
two very pretty doelings for the Couch family, who are now newbie
breeders. We kept all of this as a surprise for the Couch children, who
were very happy to leave the party with their very own baby goats! I let
the Couch family know that all SCI breeders will be there for them if they
ever need help.
Before they left, they got a nice hoof-trimming
demonstration from Sarah Butcher and Stephen Howell, who
also have been doing some serious studying on worms, copper and nutrition,
and anything else related to goat health, and were happy to share
Bryan Sayre came from Virginia State University, and gave a
really great poster session on the work he's doing with USDA and genome
mapping for goats. Sayre chose Little River Papadum (a New Hampshire line
SCI) as his subject. . . So he took a few more blood samples from Papadum
while he was here.
Sharon and Joe Martin arrived (thank you
Sharon for all of your help!). They're hoping to get San Clemente Island
goats, and we hope that we made them feel welcome!
arrived with loads of her husband's fresh, home-made goat cheese! Yum!
There was still a little left after the party but it went to good use. . .
The Bensenhaver family came from West Virginia. Ervin
Bensenhaver was stationed on San Clemente Island in the 1950's, and was
bottle-feeding goat orphans (even the ones with white patches!). His
photos are great. So is his family.
There was someting special about
watching Bensenhaver meet with Blake again once Milton and Genie
Blake arrived. Both were stationed on San Clemente Island when the
goats ran feral there. There was a lot to be said in that handshake. Good
stuff. The Blakes (for whom the Blake line is named) no longer have San
Clementes, but they have lovely adult grandchildren who were kind enough
to drive them here from North Carolina.
Edel Kunkel came, and if
she was disappointed that ALBC director Eric Hallman was absent due to
sudden family matters, she didn't show it. Edel is running a Montessori
school that focuses on farming, and is working on bringing heritage breeds
and sustainable agriculture into the new school.
So here are a few
photos of our eclectic group. .
Next party will be held on the third Saturday of October 2013!
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