On Monday morning, just before dawn, our miniature Oberhasli doe, Bay, gave us twin sisters. The most exciting part? They're black!
Oberhasli goats have rigorous standards for shape conformation, color markings and milk flavor. Usually, if a goat is not "chamois with correct black markings," that goat cannot be called an Oberhasli. However, they make an exception for pure black Oberhasli does (not bucks); there is a recessive trait in the genes that allows the occasional black goat to appear.
Mosby's Secret Black Bay is pure black; her twin sister, Peppercorn, has white spots on her haunch and front leg. We will know in about one week whether these girls inherited the polled traits of their sire, Mosby's Secret G.W. Lafayette. Both are healthy and alert, up and running as soon as they were dry!
Farmer Shannon runs MSSF and keeps horses, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, pigs, dogs and cats, while living gluten-free & spinning/weaving for a hobby in the SCA.