In 2000 we heard about the recessive
gene called, mucopolysaccharidosis IIID or G-6-Sulfase deficiency, now
commonly known as G6S.
In 2001 we began testing
for this recessive gene. We made the decision to continue testing and to work
with G6S rather then wipe it out in our herd along with the irreplaceable
genetics of our G6S carriers.
12 years ago there was much fear and
ignorance over G6S. A few people didn’t quite understand the difference between
a disease and a recessive genetic disorder that only added to the fear and the
spread of ignorance from lack of knowledge or understanding. As the fear spread,
it created a double-edged sword in having a test readily and easily available
for this relatively new yet manageable
discovery in the goat world.
A lot of irreplaceable genetics were destroyed out of fear in discovering
carriers through testing, along with all the good that has resulted over the
years from having the test available. It can and it most likely will be argued
until the goats come in whether it was a good thing or a bad thing destroying
carriers and entire kid crops out of carriers.
12 years later the strives ahead we’ve
made over the years have flourished in successes and great accomplishments out
of that decision we made to work with the recessive G6S gene. Our personal decision to not rip apart our genetics has been
nothing less then a huge success for our herd. Not once have we regretted our
decision to work with G6S. I am most grateful we chose to save our carriers
rather then destroy them. We avoided genetic genocide of our herd by facing
the fear and ignorance of this gene head on. We learned G6S could be managed
successfully with no fear of an unknown affected animal.
Over the years
Jacobs Pride has spent quite literally thousands of dollars in testing our
buck kids at our personal expense as a courtesy to buyers. However the cost of
testing has now risen to 48.00 per test, not including shipping. So in 2011 we
made the hard decision to add an additional 50.00 onto the price of buck kids
out of our carrier does to help defray the cost we chose to bear.
We do not
test doelings unless requested by the buyer and only at the buyer's expense.
Cost of the test is 48.00 and is to be paid directly to TVMDL plus the cost of
shipping. We further do not make any price adjustment or refund regarding the cost of
the test off the original price of the doeling, regardless of the doeling's
With this said
I would like to express I have used known G6S carrier bucks on known G6S carrier
does operating in the understanding we need to test the resulting offspring of
carrier to carrier mating for the possibility of an affected animal.
SGCH. Jacobs Pride Pop Rock Candy 10*m aka; Poppy (G6S NORMAL) is the result of
just one such planned mating. Poppy holds two consecutive L/A f/s of 92 with 4
consecutive “E” mammary and has produced one CH. daughter to date.
Poppy’s dam, a G6S
carrier, is a USDA-DHIR Elite Doe. Holds a title TOP TEN Breed Leader in all 3
categories; milk, butterfat and protein. Has earned a SGCH title and has
produced 2 SGCH daughters (both accomplishing final L/A scores of 92 EEEE) &
produced 3 SG offspring as well.
Poppy’s sire has sired *9* SGCH, *7* SG and one TOP TEN Breed Leader out of 61
Which one of these carrier parents would have been destroyed had a different
approach been taken?
Would SGCH. Jacobs Pride Pop Rock Candy 10*m even be in existence herself had a
different approach been taken regarding G6S?
I’m just saying,
this is only one example regarding our decisions we've made concerning G6S.
How we each choose to manage our herds is our
personal freedom to do so in the manner that is right for each of us. I would no
sooner want anyone telling me what to do based on what they believe to be right
to manage a herd anymore then I want to tell someone what they need to do to fit
my standard of herd management.
It is the responsibility of each and every one of
us to educate ourselves and choose our own herd management practices that best
fits each of us.
Jacobs Pride along
with many other breeders desire our buyers to be happy with each and every
animal they invest in. We all work hard planning, breeding and investing in
costly programs available such as linear appraising and DHIR to further prove
our animals and our herds. Not to mention the blood, sweat and tears we pour
into each and every kid, doe and buck, loving, feeding and caring for each and
every one. A buyer's success is a breeder's success.
I would like to conclude
with that this is how Jacobs Pride personally has chosen to address G6S,
understanding this is still a very heated and debated issue. Everything stated
above is solely my personal opinion on G6S and how we personally have chosen to
handle it through the years.
I firmly and
adamantly believe testing for G6S is *NOT* the responsibility of any breeder or
that any breeder is to be held responsible to sell only normal animals. Because
we have chosen to test our buck kids as a courtesy through the years in no way
sets any standard for other breeders to do the same or should be expected of
other breeders to do so. G6S is not a disease nor should it be viewed or treated
as a disease that automatically infects and destroys every goat it comes in
and every breeder is entitled to their opinions and decisions how they choose or
don’t choose to handle G6S. *Live and let live* is one of my mottos and * fear
If something is important to you,
questions! It is no ones responsibility to think or assume for another.
each breeder’s personal choice regarding how they choose to deal with G6S and we
have our freewill to do just that.
most importantly, not to judge another when they differ from our own practices.
personally believe this philosophy holds true far beyond the G6S issue of today.
Again I say; “live and let live”