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    Just curious, for you folks out there that are good at aging goats, how old would you say this nanny is? Is it possible to age based on this photo?



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    Quote Originally Posted by AK Troutbum View Post
    Just curious, for you folks out there that are good at aging goats, how old would you say this nanny is? Is it possible to age based on this photo?



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    Appears to be a youngster although it's hard to tell what's under her hair. You need to look for growth rings that you can run your finger nail in that go all away around. What I can see there is about 3.5 year old

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    How about a pic of the whole horn, in focus? That'd sure be a help.😉
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    How's this?




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    Looks like a two year old to me.

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    I agree. I only see one "layered" ring. 2 yr old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKWesty View Post
    I agree. I only see one "layered" ring. 2 yr old.
    Do you mind explaining "layered ring". I know next to nothing about aging goats and I'm very interested to learn.

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    Here is a good resource. Page 7 has a great photo with identification of growth ring/layers.

    http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Hunting/HunterEd/MountainGoatGenderIDGuideWEBRev09102010.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKWesty View Post
    Here is a good resource. Page 7 has a great photo with identification of growth ring/layers.

    http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Hunting/HunterEd/MountainGoatGenderIDGuideWEBRev09102010.pdf
    Good link, I always assumed they were native to that area. Also funny to see them encouraging taking of females, here it's pushed to take only the Billies.
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    That is a very good link, thanks for posting, but I'm still confused. Here's the picture that the link shows


    Now compared to this nanny.

    I count like six or seven rings. Again, I don't know what I'm talking about, and this probably proves it. Can you explain where I'm going wrong in counting the rings from my photo?


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    I was thinking seven also with 9"+ horn. I have always been to old to clime for them
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    One growth ring ( about 1/2 way up the horn) and the kid tip plus this years growth puts it at about 2 1/2 yrs.
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    I'm no expert by any means,, but this is how I would age her. Look for the SCALE,, you can see the line at 1.5 the 2.5 scale is harder to see.

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    Count the segments not the rings


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    Didn't F&G age it when you reported?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bighorse View Post
    Count the segments not the rings


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    Segments??

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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    Didn't F&G age it when you reported?
    No, I never took it in to report it. I might go ahead and do that just to see how they age them. My only issue with that is, the one time I took a sheep in to be sealed, the two bio's that were at the local office disagreed on how old it was. One said 8 and the other said 10. Makes a person wonder if they even know what they're talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK Troutbum View Post
    Makes a person wonder if they even know what they're talking about.
    And asking a question on the forum is somehow different?
    Showed that pic to our bio here, he does know what he's talking about. He agreed 2 1/2 yrs.
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    Saw the title to the thread and thought it was referring to the forum members- imagine my surprise at the real subject.

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    Definitely 2.5 now that we can see it all. Must be a Kodiak Goat with the length of the kid tip.

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