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By Tracie Mitchell
Staff Writer 

Goat with 'no ears' shown at goat show


August 4, 2017

Tracie Mitchell

Victoria Shaffer adjusts the lead on her LaMancha dairy goat Big Momma during the Washakie County Fair goat show Wednesday morning at the Washakie County Fairgrounds in Worland. LaMancha goats have pixie or elf ears.

WORLAND – During the Washakie County Fair goat show Wednesday morning 10-year-old Victoria Shaffer showed her LaMancha dairy goat, Big Mamma, winning grand champion in the junior dairy goat showmanship class and for the LaMancha breed with Big Mamma. What is unusual about Big Mamma is that she appears to have no ears.

Victoria and her mother Beth explained that the origin of the earless goat is unknown, but that the LaMancha was first bred in Oregon. Big Mamma is a cross between an Alpine and Nubian goat, which is where the breed comes from. "She does have ears, they are just short ears c...

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