All the goats

Blue Shoe

#Blue Shoe
BLUE SHOE is in a class by herself and not just because she isn't an Angora. She is a Nubian (mom) and Boer (dad) cross and started life as a milk goat in Shady Valley but was only milked once.

Early in life she had an abscessed hoof which was drained, and her hoof needed daily soaks in a rubber bootie while it healed ... and the rubber BLUE SHOE became her name.

She was sick another time and lost a lot of weight but you sure wouldn't know that when seeing her on the balds. She is a very big goat, taller and wider than the others and weighing twice as much as some of the adults. She raised the browse line another foot just by herself!

Blue was not on the balds our first summer but she quickly became the lead goat, a position she still holds at least over short distances - over longer distances her ponderous magnificence simply slows her down.

back to top

#98

#98
Goat #98 is a diminutive Shady Valley goat and one of only two of Todd's original goats that have been on the balds all 5 years.

She has nice quality mohair for an adult, and some of the smallest horns in the herd. Having small horns means she can't compete well in head butting with other goats (especially with Blue and the Virginia goats) which usually puts her on the fringe of the goings-on.

While shy in nature, she doesn't mind getting some angelica or rowan (mountain ash) handouts as long as you don't crowd her.

#98 has a replacement ear tag, indicating that she is at least middle-aged.

back to top

#170

Goat #170
Billy (#170), born in 2007, is one of Trudy's Virginia goats is one of the three Virginia bachelors.

Billy has taken over the lead male role in the herd since the passing of #165 Asa Martin in 2010.

He and his best buddy #157 both had deer worm infections but have mostly recovered; their lingering problems are wobbly rear ends but it didn't slow down Billy during the 2012 Herding of the Goats onto the Balds where he won first place on the final climb up Jane Bald.

A bit standoffish but likes to have treats tossed his way as long as the tosser is well out of reach.

back to top

#209

Goat #209
Goat #209 (female) was born in 2009 to Goat #216. Her mom became locally famous for doing handstands before retiring in 2010 due to a bad hip (the reason why she did handstands), and stayed in Shady Valley until her death on May 22, 2012.

Goat #209 took over the role as the "wild one", "the goat girl that can't be caught" after Goat #902 went AWOL in 2011.

Always on alert, she just doesn't want to be touched or otherwise bothered by people but gets along very well with the other goats and dogs. She even sometimes ignores treats tossed her way ... so if you are interested in an untamed goat then she is the one for you!

back to top

#210

Goat #210
Goat #210 (male) was born to #230 in 2010 along with twin sister #310.

A fine young man who inherited his mother's friendly outgoing personality and fine quality mohair.

While on the small side, possibly because he was a twin, he is a sturdy goat who likes to be where the action is but stays out of most disputes. He would win the "Mr. Congeniality" award if we gave one out and is on the short list of goats that might like to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.

back to top

#212

Goat #212
Goat #212 (male). He was the only kid on the balds in 2012. He is the son of #610 and grandson of #229 and was born on Fathers Day, Sunday June 17, 3 days before they were herded onto the balds.

Appropriately, a couple of grandkids took turns carrying him to Jane Bald (see our blog photo). It was the first year we had 3 generations in one bloodline on the balds.

Goat #212 with Bean and Baxter
He is a very outgoing young man who spends much of his time hanging out with the other young bachelors #210 and #213 (his younger brother) as well as #312 Lily. The photo to the right shows him with Bean and Baxter.

back to top

#213

Goat #213
Goat #213 (male) is the second son of #610 and second grandson of #229. He was born on Sunday May 5, 2013.

This friendly outgoing goat loves bananas, was not happy with the wet weather in 2013, but discovered the joys of abundant Yellow Birch in 2014. His best friends are the other young bachelors, #210 and #212 (his older brother), as well as the 3 youngest ladies on the balds in 2014: #312, #513 and #1013.

back to top

#229

Goat #229
Goat #229 - Granny Goat, is one of Trudy's Virginia goats so we don't know her age.

She is the the best athlete of the original 2008 goats, occasionally seen walking upright on her hind legs while reaching for the tender tasties out of reach of most of the other goats.

Goats #229 and 212
She gave birth to #610 (female) in 2010, and #610 gave birth to #212 in 2012; all 3 generations were on the balds in 2012 (Granny Goat with her granddaughter #212 shown in photo to the right -- click photo for larger image).

On Thursday August 23, 2012, Granny Goat was on her side unable to get up, with symptoms of bloating. I made her comfortable (tarp for shade, water and food within reach). Todd came out Friday and did his magic (baking soda, vegetable oil, abdominal massage) and gave instructions to Lucinda & Craig (weekend goatherds) who did such a good job that Granny Goat was up and about with the herd when I came back the following Sunday.

During the 2012 Herding of the Goats off the Balds on September 12 (the smoothest herding off the balds so far), Blue got the herd started up the trail but, due to her ponderous magnificence, didn't have the stamina to go all the way. Granny Goat, fully recovered, took the lead and held it all the way to Carvers Gap.

back to top

#248

Goat #248
Goat #248 (female) is one of Trudy's Virginia goats so we don't know her age. She seems to be closely related to goat #230. She gave birth to goat #609 in 2009.

Goat #248 is a gentle, mellow goat that seems to avoid conflict and stays out of trouble, but she can be feisty when needed. She is often seen with goats #215 and #217, but perhaps less shy.

back to top

#309

Goat #309
Born in 2009, it would be hard to pick a better mom than her mom #70 Moosie Murray Moses. Moosie doted on her kid and would gallop up and down the mountain when she heard her kid cry, even for the false alarms.

Moosie, who was the lead goat in 2008 & 2009, retired in 2010 and died in summer 2011 when she "just went missing".

#309, moderately shy, inherited Moosie's gentle nature but hasn't yet had a kid so we are still waiting to find out more about her mothering instincts.

Perhaps due to an injury at a young age, her right horn is short and misshaped and requires some regular trimming at its tip to keep it from cutting into her scalp.

back to top

#310

Goat #310
Goat #310 (female) was born to #230 in 2010 along with twin brother #210 and is the friendliest young lady in the herd.

Like her brother, she is on the small side, possibly because she was a twin, but big things come in small packages.

Also like her brother, she is a sturdy goat with fine quality mohair that we hope she passes along to any kids she might have.

back to top

#312

Goat #312
Goat #312

#312 Lily the Younger earned her name after the retirement of #1104 Lily because we always need to have a Lily on the balds.

#312 was born too late in 2012 to spend the summer on Roan. She and her mother #149 spent the summer in Shady Valley where sadly #149 passed away not long after. 2013 was Lily's first summer on the balds where she has been having a good time except for some of the wet weather. Yellow Birch is one of her favorite foods and #212 is one of her best friends.

back to top

#510

Goat #510
Goat #510 (female) was born to #226 Baa-iley Goat in 2010. Her mom retired in 2011 and died on March 24, 2012 just days before her story was published ("Baa-iley Goat, a true story" by Rosalie Russo. Jerry Greer converted Rosalie's artwork and text into publication format and Friends of Roan Mountain paid the publication costs. Proceeds help fund the Baatany Goat Project. It is available at http://www.mountaintrailpress.com/.

She inherited her mom's sturdy and surly nature and has a "take it or leave it" attitude around most people.

She lost her kid horn tips her first year but they healed leaving her with blunt tips.

She also had a miscarriage in 2012 but we hope she has better luck in the future as we need sturdy, if surly, goats to keep browsing the balds.

back to top

#513

Goat #513
Goat #513 (female) was born Wednesday May 8, 2013. She is the daughter of #510 and granddaughter of #226 Baa-iley Goat (the subject of Rosalie Russo's children's book).

She inherited their cautious and sometimes cantankerous nature. Napping in the Canada Blackberry is one of her favorite activities.

back to top

#610

Goat #610
Goat #610 (female) was born to #229 Granny Goat in 2010.

She inherited some of her mother's athletic nature and is a sturdy goat with an intelligent but often wary look in her eyes.

Goat #610 and Goat #212
Gave birth to a boy (#212 -- shown in pic to the right) on Fathers' Day, Sunday June 17, three days before the 5th Annual Herding of the Goats onto the Balds. He was the only kid up top that summer. Appropriately, a couple of grandkids took turns carrying him to Jane Bald (see our blog photo).

That was the first year we had 3 generations in one bloodline on the balds.

back to top

#709

Goat #709
Goat #709 (female) was born in 2009 to Goat #1002, who is Goat #89's twin sister.

Her mom died on February 22, 2012 from old age.

#709 still has her baby horn tips while the rest of her horns have thickened to adult proportions. We hope her adult mohair quality stays as fine as her mom's and her aunt's and that she passes this quality along to any kids she might have.

Gentle and social in nature but not too shy with people, she likes to be in on the excitement as long as it isn't too rowdy.

During the 5th Annual Herding of the Goats onto the Balds in 2012, #709 and #215 got separated from the herd on the steep climb up Jane Bald and took off into the rhododendron and were on walkabout for 4 days. Luckily they were close to the first paddock. The first weekend goatherds, Claire & Sadie, with the help of their parents Christine & Geof, managed to get #709 into the paddock on Sunday June 24. #215 showed up later that day, also wanting to be let into the paddock.

back to top

#710

Goat #710
Goat #710 (female) was born to #53 in 2010 along with twin #810 (who died in October 2011).

#710 inherited her mother's asymmetric horns and sometimes cantankerous disposition, but overall she is a friendly goat that would love for you to toss her some angelica or rowan (mountain ash).

If you think you have too much symmetry in your life then this goat is for you. On Saturday July 28, 2012 she got tangled up in the electric fence before the Xtreme Roan Adventurers (the children's rally) came out, but she seemed fine after being freed.

back to top

#809

Goat #809
Goat #809 (male) was born to #149 in 2009.

His stout horns grow up and back with very little spread and have some dark lines that might be blood vessels.

He has an intelligent gleam in his eyes, enjoys hanging out with the other guys, is best friends with #1809, and might be working his way up to lead male goat but he has to wait his turn.

back to top

#1010

Goat #1010
Goat #1010 (female) was born to her sweet and reliable mother #211 on June 21, 2010 along with her twin brother #910, just one day before the 3rd Annual Herding of the Goats onto the Balds. Ansel and Audrey carried the newborns across the balds while their mother stayed close by keeping an eye on the events.

The kids spent most of the first couple weeks napping but were quickly mouthing blackberry for a few days before they could really start to chew it.

back to top

#1013

Goat #1013
Goat #1013 (female) was born Wednesday May 15, 2013. She is the daughter of #710 and granddaughter of #53.

She inherited their free-thinking and free-spirited nature and is often seen contentedly exploring on her own around the edges of the goat herd and napping with her mother.

back to top

#1513

Goat #1513
Goat #1513 (female). Our new goat for 2014 is a young lady who started out as a milk goat much the way Blue did.

She is still integrating herself into the Angora goat herd which, unfortunately for her, usually means starting out at the bottom of the pecking order.

She has been handled little and is a bit flighty but not known for causing trouble or being contrary. She was born in 2013 and is a hybrid goat with an Angora father.

On her mother's side she is mostly Saanen and part of the "Tater Tot" line which dates back to 2001 when 2 feral Saanen goats, Tater and her daughter Spud, were captured by Todd and Jamey at Tater Hill Bald, North Carolina, where they had enjoyed fine free-range dining on some very rare plants. Now a few generations later, we are delighted that a Tater Tot is once again browsing on a bald but under more controlled conditions.

back to top

#1809

Goat #1809
Goat #1809 (male) was born to #215 in 2009.

He inherited his mother's horns but they won't reach their full potential because he is a wether (= neutered male goat).

He is a fairly outgoing stout sturdy goat, enjoys hanging out with the other guys, is best friends with #809, and could be a contender for top male goat sometime in the future.

back to top

Retired Goats

Five goats who have been on Roan Mountain in other years, but are not there this year 2014 are listed on our Retired Goats Page.