I was at a party the other night. Gabbing with an acquaintance who has a little yearling nubian doe she rescued from a slaughter sale at our local fair. She got it to be a companion for her horse and knows nothing. Says to me "maybe I should breed her to your mini togg buck and get some mini-milker babies". Good idea I told her. When she comes in heat next month bring her over and we'll get her bred for spring babies. "Right now she has some sores I'm treating though" she says. Oh-oh.... Sores? I say. "yeah, these abscess things, I busted them and cleaned them out. I called the woman I got her from and she told me "oh, they all get those, don't worry about it.""....Let me guess I say, are they under her ear? "How did you know?" she says...And, I said, are they kind of in a line, down her neck, sort of all three in a row, with the biggest one closest to her ear?....at this point her eyes are bugging out....and, I say, when you cleaned them it looked like ricotta cheese and didn't smell bad..."oh my gosh she says, how did you know all that!!??" I explained the situation to her and told her what she probably had and said I'm sorry but there's now way your little girl is coming anywhere near my buck and you shouldn't ever consider breeding her unless you want to go to the expense of having her tested first. I don't use the word ignorance in a derogatory way but rather in it's classical meaning of being uninformed. How can people take on the responsibility of caring for livestock without going to the effort of learning at least a bit about their care and potential threats to their health? And how can a breeder, who obviously in my opinion KNOWS she has a problem in her herd and is either ignorant or probably a liar knowing sell an animal to someone without informing them of potential problems? Boy it makes me mad.