Another much overlooked genetic composition that we hold high on our farm is the individual animal's behavior. The overall spectrum of herd behavior is an important variable to consider as for example, a higher genetically performing goat with a good herd/human relationship could get bullied by a lesser genetically performing goat simply based on age, weight, horn size, etc. and therefore never be given the opportunity to succeed simply because it was kept from the feeder. There is an appropriate amount of need for separation and containment but if that farming philosophy is unchecked it will never end with an ever increasing demand for more fencing and barn space. The bottom line is that behavior is genetic and it is a select-able trait. What you'll notice on an AHF visit is that our herd is peaceful because the bullies don't stay. Yes, there is a necessary pecking order and goats need to establish their herd ranking but just butting heads is not what we are talking about. The goats that chose to instigate chaos will only pass that mutiny on to their offspring. Eliminating the variable gene of aggression helps us to better diagnose the growth of individuals and maintain the on going health and peace of the herd. This can most successfully be achieved by making sure that the herd sire possesses a calm demeanor and passes on this trait.