I thought I was doing a good thing by trying to find the best goat I can. Well guess I am wrong. "I wasn’t as concerned about the care of the animals as I was about the use of the genetics. I can only hope that whoever buys our goats will care for them. I have found that experience doesn’t necessarily translate to proper care. ** represents almost forty years of my life work, to have that go to someone who hasn’t worked with Alpine genetics, and who only wants to make nice goats would be something of a waste. Rather like selling your best artwork for a child to color on. There are lots of good, sound healthy goats that score in the high very good or low excellent category to learn on. For most of us, National Champions are a once in a lifetime realization of a dream sort of thing." This is what I get for wanting to start out with the best. Out of respect, I won't post the author. But I am just bawling right now. I understand why they said what they said. But let's put things into perspective. It's still only a goat.