Posted by: kathandroger | August 24, 2013

Geep or shoat?

Our goat Tittie is a fine looking specimen (according to Roger anyway), so it is not a great surprise that she has begun to attract some interest from our ram, Hercules. Tittie’s companion, Moins Dix, is castrated, so romance in her life has been a bit limited…until now, that is…

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He’s following her everywhere! I’m not sure whether his advances are welcome – she is not terribly expressive – but Hercs definitely seems to be having fun. Clover and Rosemary (the ewes he is supposed to be interested in) don’t seem to be getting a look in alongside the exotic dark, sleek, long-legged, large-mammoried one.  Which got us thinking…what might be the outcome?

A quick look at Wikipedia revealed that there are things called geeps, which are a cross between a sheep and a goat, though they are created in laboratories. A geep is occasionally (incorrectly) called a shoat – but in actual fact a shoat is a young pig, so this is a bit confusing. Seemingly it is possible for goats and sheep to mate, but they are genetically quite different. Sheep belong to the genus Ovis and have 54 chromosomes, while goats belong to the genus Capra and have 60 chromosomes. The offspring of a sheep-goat pairing is generally stillborn in the embryo stage. We need to think of some way to  turn his attention back to his own girls… All suggestions gratefully received!

Still on the animal theme, sad news this week – Bob, out light Sussex hen has gone ‘where the good chickens go’. It was quite a relief in the end as she had been on her last legs for several months. RIP Bob!


Responses

  1. If it wasn’t likely to be stillborn….
    in France you would have to call it a Brevre or a Chebris…
    and if t’were a female…
    the cheese would be fun to name [and sell!]

    Sorry to hear about Bob, the sick Sussik!

  2. Poor Bob ,she had a happy life and enjoyed all the tit bits from the visitors.,the other hens will miss her x


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