It's another year without goats for me (thanks, economic crisis) but it has given me time to do a lot of reading, not just about goats, but I've been learning about many different breeds of all different kinds of animals. I'm finding it interesting that certain breeds of sheep, cattle and pigs are bred not only for their meat/milk production but also for hardiness and disposition. So I was wondering... is there a goat breed that is naturally hardier, perhaps parasite resistant like St. Croix Sheep? (I'm into the dairy breeds so maybe there's a meat breed I don't know about?) I was also reading about people conserving/shaping heritage breeds and creating new ones by mixing certain breeds and by breeding in or out certain qualities. And that got me thinking, do you think it would be possible to breed resistance to things like cocci or hoof rot or UC? Or a true dual/triple purpose goat where the girls had huge udders and the whethers were meaty and delicious, and maybe even had fiber? I'm no expert on genetics or whatever, so I wouldn't know anything about how to do it (maybe these already exist?), but I have so much spare time to think about this stuff, lol. I know people might already breed mixes of dairy and/or meat goats, but if you were creating your own breed, what qualities and characteristics from other breeds would you want? Haha, sorry, I'm bored.