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One of my bucks, Phantom, is really wide. I am under the impression that this is a desirable trait, right?
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My mom was wondering why it was a good trait and I found my self not really having a great answer. A big rumen is good, lots of room for your internal organs, space for babies in does. Is that right? What are the reasons width is looked for?
 

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big rumen= good digestion, good nutrition absorbsion, better health in the long run, better able to handle lots of roughage or a low concentrate/grain diet

like my Diesel, 6 year old Boer buck, has not had any type of grain since he was 8 months old...he has a big rumen two! View attachment 160369 View attachment 160371
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Wide in the escutcheon area leaves plenty of birthing room and also room for a good size udder.

My worst births have been from narrow girls. Narrow sires lead to narrow daughters.
 

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To me, Phantom looks healthy, well nutrished, and well muscled. Where is the problem?

(Hey, Diesel, is there nothing that you would protest against??? You are simply too kind!!)
Oh there's nothing wrong. I was just wondering why it was that width is desirable, since the breeder I got him from really liked his width.
 

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When someone says wide, they most often mean escutcheon or chest. Skeletal issues.
They don't usually mean big bellied.
I agree, that is what I thought the question was about, until I seen the pictures of the belly extension, LOL.
 

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I suppose that some people like big muscles, if for meat or work. But I would like to know also things like skeleton development, joint function, amount of feed needed for development and growth ...

That is, goat health and owner economy! And sustainability.
 

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When I hear wide or think wide, I think about width between the fore legs. The blending from neck that is "wide" and continues through out the whole length of the animal. I also show myotonic meat goats, so my wide may be different from dairy. She is wide, nice spacing between her front legs, also across the top..
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