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Old 02-02-2017, 03:06 PM   #1
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Greetings to the Forum.
While I'm new to this forum, I'm not new to goats.
Most of the last 15 years has been with these critters troubling my dreams and wrecking my barn.
In the last few years I've decided to build up a decent flock for meat and milk.
This has been done on an absolute shoe-string of a budget but a thoughtful eye and careful steps.
My barn currently has 5 Lamancha Nannies (3 mature{1 still milking}, 2 yearlings) and I need to make a move for the next kidding season.
One of my girls is a bit muddy in her lineage with some Boer mixed in. When I bought her I was told that she had been bred and was due "any day now."
That was 6 months ago and apparently not true.
What this means is that I now have 4 Eaters and 1 milker (going on a year now) in my barn with no hope of freshening till next year.

So this is where I need your collective help.
Is it worth it to get a couple of bucks for breeding and just keep them around for the few times a year they may get lucky? Or is the risk of exposing my girls to someone else's potential health hazards (stories of undisclosed CAE in the area) worth the risk?
This answer begs further ones.
If buying bucks is a bette bet, does anyone in the NE Ohio NW PA area know of any decent, healthy bucks coming up for sale soon?
If breeding of property is better, any advise on decent/healthy bucks in the same area?

my thanks
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Old 02-02-2017, 03:45 PM   #2
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We drove all over getting our girls serviced the first few years. Once we had more than 5 does, it became a huge block of time to get everyone bred. Feeding bucks is simple enough, keeping them contained is a little tougher. And they must be complete gentlemen to people. 2 bucks kept together will be able to horseplay and wear each other out, and you would have twice the genetic pool to work with. And they might earn their keep, if you have the time to offer "driveway dates" to other owners. I wouldn't recommend keeping other peoples does at your house, or letting your does stay at their house, because of biosecurity concerns.
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