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I'm really excited about this buckling's conformation! I guess it might be too early to tell for sure, but he looks fantastic, even compared to his brother. Look at that straight topline and level rump! I sure hope he keeps it.

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Ok I’ve got a whole list of pros and cons of your does conformation but I thought I’d pop in here quickly and say that Iris is by far your best doe build-wise
 

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Doe #1-BRIDGET
Pros:
1. Nice depth
2. Slightly uphill
3. Nice brisket
4. Long, dairy neck (although a little thicker than I would like)
5. Smooth blending
Cons:
1. Steeper rump
2. Seems to have weak pasterns
3. Rear legs are posty
 
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Doe #2-IRIS
Pros:
1. Lovely depth (ESPECIALLY for a FF)
2. Very uphill
3. Nice, level topline
4. Nice brisket
5. VERY nice rear leg angulation
6. Smooth blending
Cons: (not many)
1. Semi-steep rump
2. Weak front pasterns

Iris is BY FAR your best doe, overall she shows strong dairy character and is a very well put together doe!
 

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Doe #3-ANNIE
Pros:
1. Very level topline
2. Decent brisket
3. Nice depth
4. Stronger pasterns than your other gals
Cons:
1. Could use better rear leg angulation
2. Very steep rump
3. Is overall built a little ‘blocky’ I would like to see smoother blending and more ‘dairy character’
 

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I would love to see full/empty udder pics on iris if you have any!
If these were my girls I would purchase a buck with:
1. Top of my list of requirements would definitely be a level rump (an area all three gals need work in)
2.Very good rear leg angulation
3. A good brisket
4. A nice, wide buck
 

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Thanks! That was SUPER helpful. I have been doing a lot of studying on conformation, and you confirmed a lot of my pros and cons. Btw, Iris isn't quite as good as you think. That was the best pic I could get, normally her rear leg angulation is about as posty as Bridget's, depending on her stance. But I do think she does have the best conformation anyways. And I like her udder texture better too, soft, smooth and easy to milk with large orifices, vs Bridget's that feels like a rubber ball and milks out with great effort.
I don't have full udder pics yet since the kids are getting all the milk, but we'll be separating at night soon so I can get a 12 hour fill.
And I agree with all your priorities I'm hoping to find a buck with all those things PLUS good udder history because my girls' udders are really bad. Bad rear and front attachments (though Iris' front is smoother) and bad teat placement and size.
 
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