Does Noble Goat contain Soybean?
- Yes it does. The ingredient lists milled soybean meal as one of the ingredients. I will post a photo of the tag on the blog along with this response.
I have mixed feelings about soybean but I am not going to start a debate on the merits and failures of this as a feed source, I am very aware of some of the downfalls of soy, as I myself have a low tolerance for soy in my own foods. It's a double edged sword with high protein and low digestibility thrown into the mix.
Does she have a different gait?
-Yes, in some ways she does. It's something she has had since kidhood. I have always attributed the way she walks to the lankiness of her build. I am still learning a great deal about conformation and and the correct build of my animals. I will see if I can get a video of her and post that as well.
The best I can describe is a bit of a sway in her hind legs as she moves, again we have always attributed that to her build and genetics, her dam and sire are both tall animals and Diva seems to have impossibly long legs.
Does she have a different call/Voice?
-Not that I have really noticed. She still sounds very much a young animal.
Jo Dee also posed some questions...
Has she been re-tested?
- In answer to that no. We have had her results in for about 3 weeks. at this point we do not see a reason to test her. If she is still doing well at 2 years old we will approach re-testing her. I feel that she will fail long before then. as Jillian has noticed, she is underweight for her age, and she lacks the muscle tone I would like to see on her.
Have both of her Parents been tested?
- Yes, that is the only reason we tested Diva. Both of her parents are listed in the G6S file, Both are carriers. That is also what has inspired following her progress. Her lack of readily noticeable symptoms.
Diva was tested in a set of 2 blood tests. There is very little chance for mislabeling. She was sent in in our "second round " testing. We tested her, and her Half-Brother. He is Normal.
If you breed her you will only create more carriers.
We are very aware of that, and have no plans to breed her. We feel that the stress of carrying a pregnancy would advance her decline further.
Thank you for the great questions. They help keep my mind open to things that need to be observed and documented on.
Julie- the "Head Goat Wrangler" here at Running River :-)