Sir Echo Farm's "Chestnut" Project

In the spring of 2009 we had our first Chestnut Oberhasli. Void of any black markings, we immediately posted our pics of this beautiful goat and were encouraged to get in touch with Dr. Phil Sponenberg DVM PhD at Virginia Tech University. Dr. Sponenberg is a renowned color geneticist and very well published.

Dr. Sponenberg was very intrigued as he had suspected that this was a genetic possibility in the Oberhasli but figured it just had not been made public. He asked if we wanted to participate in a study that was happening in Italy on animals with the Agouti gene and we agreed. That study never resulted in any conclusions but he has taken time to publish an article on Chessie in Dairy Goat Journal with his thoughts about that, as well as currently doing his own study on both the Chestnut animals as well as Black Oberhasli here in the U.S.

         

Baby Chessie Chessie as a yearling milker 3rd place Rec. Grade 2010 Nationals


We have had a handful of other Chestnut animals over the years and for the last few years have been working with Sir Echo Britsa and Sir Echo Subret 90 VEEE. Subret's dam and sire are two of our very best and she herself was 8th place RG at the 2019 Nationals! We have been encouraged by Dr. Phil Sponenberg from Virginia State University to continue breeding the chestnuts. This is to attempt to eventually have scientific evidence via molecular level DNA to confirm the natural variation in Oberhasli to produce these colored animals.

 


Sir Echo Bricr


Sir Echo It's All About Me (Itsa)


Dam of Bricr: SGCH Sir Echo Britti 92 EEEE

Dam of Itsa: SGCH Sir Echo Sunrise 92 EEEE

2015 Chestnut buck kid out of Itsa X Bricr
Owned by Lindsey Cobb, In Theory Farm, North Carolina
   
Our Chestnuts
 
Baby Chessie Itsa and Bricr buck kid born spring 2015

Itsa and Bricr

More Itsa and Bricr
 

Please check back often for updates on our Chestnut project and feel free to contact us if you have any questions

Look for updates next spring on upcoming new Chestnut additions to the herd.

 

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