MOON SPOTS ON GOATS
We are working on this page and dedicating it to all those goats with the pretty Moon Spots! If you own a photo of a goat with Moonspots and would not mind sharing it with us on this page we would love to highlight it. Seeing the photos of the different goats will help others in understanding just what a Moon Spot is.
What is a moon spot?
A moon spot, also called moonspot, is usually, but not always, a round or circle spot that comes in several colors, although not true white nor true black. Moon Spots are not symmetrical and are often superimposed over other colors and or even over other true spots. Moon spots are not only randomly placed within the coat of the goat but the amount of moonspots vary from goat to goat. They are genetic and run in lines of goats.
Moon spots are not at all unusual in Nubian Goats. While seen in all goat breeds, Nubian Dairy Goats, Fainting or Myotonic Goats as well as Nigerian Dwarf and Boer Goats do seem to have a higher percentage of occurrences of moonspots.
Things I have learned in my research on Moon Spot on Goats.
a) Not all spots are moon spots, but you won't conviece some goat people of that.
b) If it is a true black spot or true white spot, it is not a moonspot. It does not matter where it is on the goat.
c) Just about the time you think you have figured out what goats will always throw moon spots on their kids, they won't.
d) Not all spots are moon spots, but it sure enhances a goat's look when they do have loud colors splashed on their bodies.
e) Most moonspots are those spots that look "different" or "odd", the ones that make you do a double take look and really look at the goat's coat and have you dazzled.
f) Just like I am sure Leban said to Jacob way back in Genesis, breeders are still telling other breeders, especially at shows, "Those spots don't count." and "Those are not spots!"
More information on Moonspots below.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE FOLKS THAT SENT US GOAT PHOTOS TO USE HERE AS WELL AS INFORMATION ON MOON SPOTS!
ALL OF THE PHOTOS ON OUR SITES ARE COPYRIGHTED. THESE PHOTOS SHOWN ON THIS PAGE ARE HERE BY SPECIAL PERMISSION FROM THE PHOTO OWNERS. PLEASE DO NOT HELP YOURSELF TO THEM.
This is Joesph. He came from the same breeder as did my other weathers. I love the markings and it was he that really started my research on Moon Spots. Does he not have a really sweet face?
These lovely next few photos are from
Zederkamm Farm in Snohomish WA.
The above photos are of Zederkamm W&B's Coral Belle as a baby and a few months later. Imagine if you owned and had sold this goat for not having enough color or loud enough color to suit you then later saw it a little older on someone else's farm!
Here is some interesting information on Moonspots that Pat sent to us here at Working Goats.
" Two of my Kinder lines carry color that starts out with dark brown or liver-colored spots that lighten or change to white or cream as the goat matures. It is interesting come registration time since photos are required in Kinder registration. If you photograph them too young, they won't match the color in adult photos - you have to go by the 'map' of the spots. Occasionally I get a white kid with these dark spots which disappear as they mature - unless they are in a summer coat in just the right light. I had forgotten that Coral Belle is one of those 'color reversers"
Photos are of Zederkamm T&D's Warrior as a kid and as an adult.
Here are two photos, again of the same goat at different ages. This is Zederkamm W&B's Wyatt K. Not only are these photos educational when it comes to Moon Spots, but boy, they are so fun to look at.
THANKS TO ZEDERKAMM FARM FOR PHOTOS AND FURTHER INFORMATION ON MOON SPOTTED GOATS!
These two pictures are from Roundabout Minifarm in Waterboro Maine and are of Roundabout Blossom, AGS registered Nigerian Dwarf, born 5-15-07. Pictures were taken 3-18-10 of the left and right side of the goat. She is hopefully pregnant for the first time.
These pictures are of Roundabout Moon and Stars ("Moony"), purebredd Nigerian Dwarf doe, AGS registered, born 6-1-07.
To me (Marna), this is another one of those WOW GOATS!
These pictures are of Roundabout Peg Gyy Sue, purebred Nigerian Dwarf doe, AGS registered, born 4-29-09.
(Yes, you do see bluegreen in her ears it is from her tatoo ink.)
This picture is Roundabout Mister Mosaic, purebred Nigerian Dwarf buck, AGS registered, born 4-18-04.
These pictures are of Roundabout Johnny-On-The Spot, purebred Nigerian Dwarf buck, AGS regisitered, born 6-1-07
These pictures are of Roundabout Sir Spots-A-Lot, purebred Nigerian Dwarf buck, AGS regisitered, born 5-19-05
Roundabout Maharajah, purebred Nigerian Dwarf, AGS registered, born 7-12-96. Still living in my herd as of March, 2010
THANKS TO ROUNDABOUT MINIFARM!
These lovely Nubian Goats belong to Undderwood Farm near Lansing MI. They were kind enough to let us use these six photos here so that you can see how beautiful goats with Moon Spots can be.
Notes from Underwood Farms website....
Prices range from $250 to $350 each, depending on the degree of moon spots.
Notes from their website....
PLEASE NOTE : I always sell out of well marked moon spot kids every year and require a 50% deposit to hold Nubians when I accept your order. The deposit is non-refundable unless I am unable to provide well-marked kids at the higher price (sometimes the moon spots are notextensive over the whole body). If this is the case, you have the option of a refund or taking akid with fewer spots at a lower price.
You can choose to pick up kids at two weeks old for bottle feeding, or leave them on the mother for natural weaning.
Kids at Underwood Farm are usually available from April until July.
THANKS AGAIN TO UNDERWOOD FARMS!
This little cutie, named Minique Digger, belongs to Minique Mini Goats in Australia. This little guy also pulls a cart, as shown in the second photo of his right side.
Minique Mini Goats also sell goat milk soap and goat fibers as well as other goat related items.
THANKS SO MUCH TO MINIQUE MINI GOATS FOR LETTING US SHOW OFF YOUR LITTLE MOON SPOTTED BUCK!
This lovely working goat's name is Sparkle. I think the name fits very well. Sparkle belongs to Celia Hale and or
MINI GOATS OF NOBBY. Celia tells me that "although Sparkles is not a mini goat he is a Kalahari Red very big, three minis to one of him, he is a very bossy but strong goat ideal as a cart goat."
THANKS FOR SHARING THESE GREAT PHOTOS MINI GOATS OF NOBBY!
This little sweetie's name is Splendor.
THESE LOVELY BUCK'S PHOTOS OF HASANI & SAGE CAME FROM
Milkers, Packing, Companions
Located on the peaceful prairie of
Deer Trail, CO 80105
* approx 40 min. east of Denver, CO off of I-70.
Thanks to Sher for the use of these photos!
THESE BEAUTIFUL GOAT PHOTOS ARE FROM
This little moon spotted buckling was born March 18, 2010 at Hemphill's Farm.
Wendy tells me that "The 4th is a spotted buckling, not necessarily a moonspot..."
"Desi and Mercedes", they are standing going downhill, so look a little odd. They both were yearlings in this pic.(Desi has been sold, but Mercedes is still here and has freshened since the pic)
This photo is of is of "Razzle", she is one of the Sr. does, one of the goats we first started our herd with. Out enjoying the wildflowers!
THANKS SO MUCH TO WENDY AT HEMPHILL FARMS FOR THE USE OF THESE PHOTOS!
These photos are from
Crossing Jordan Farm. They are a small, family farm located on 22 acres in Columbia, Tennessee, currently, raising registered Nubian goats and registered Nigerian Dwarf goats. On their website, along with many more photos of nice looking animals, they give complete and full pedigrees for their goats. for those of you that like to search genes, you will have a good time there.
THANKS TO CROSSING JORDAN FARMS FOR LETTING US ENJOY THEIR PHOTOS ON OUR SITE!
Keep Em Going Farm has sent us these photos to use for this page. They are located on the WESTERN side of New York State, we are just south of Lake Ontario situated between Rochester and Buffalo. This first photo is of Tapestry and shows both sides of her body.
At Keep Em Going Farm all does tested negative for Brucella abort, CAE, and CL...we have never had an abcess in our herd. In line with permanent identification, and the scrapie program, I don't like to see that gawdy tag in a little Nigie ear, and from a health standpoint, the potential of it getting caught and ripping out, so we even register our wethers. Our goats are fed 2nd cutting hay, a bit of goat grain, BOSS, and loose mineral supplements. They are innoculated annually with a CD/T vaccine, BO-SE and for parasites 3x/yr. Kids are given BO-SE, 2 CD/T boosters, and one parasite dose before leaving. They are dis-budded, tatooed, and registration paperwork is provided. Our goats are registered with American Goat Society and qualify for ADGA.
WE SURE APPRECIATE KEEP EM COMING FARM FOR THE USE OF THESE PHOTOS FROM THIS PAGE!
This cute little mixed breed doeling with muted color and moonspots is from the
Riesland Farm in MT.
FOR INTERESTING READING ABOUT THE BREEDING OF SPOTTED, SPECKLED AND STREAKED GOATS AND THE WEALTH THEY GAVE, GO TO GENESIS 30:25-43 AND 31:5-13
sung to Moon Shadow - Cat Stevens
Moon Spotted Moon Spotted.
And if I ever lost my ears,
I would be not sad, there'd be no tears,
If I ever lost my ears.....
a weeeeeee a weeeeeee
I would be a LaMancha!
Moon Spotted Moon Spotted......
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