Love'em or Hate'em Bucks seem to get the short end of the stick no matter where they go. On our farm, however we love our boys as much as the girls.. our most popular boy being the infamous 'Duke-Bronson,' who was kind enough to provide us with the pictures below.. All joking aside, a buck is necessary if you plan on having milk, and want to avoid the hassle of stud servicing your does. But before you run out and buy a buck there are some things about them you should consider before purchasing a buck for your farm...
Selecting a good dairy goat comes after you decide on what breed you want to start out with. If you choose Nigerian Dwarfs, make sure you study the breed standards as outlined by the NDGA or other registry. Also look at pictures of LOTS of goats within your chosen breed. Pure bred goats will have a more consistent ‘look’ about them, and will be easier for you to select a good looking goat. A hybrid will have mixed features, and unless they are being bred toward a specific and obvious purpose you will have a more difficult time finding a goat with all the right traits. Mini dairy goats are the only ‘hybrid’ I would recommend for beginners as they are bred to the same standard and must have the same appearance as the full sized goats.
To Start, after deciding what breed of goat you would like to start your herd with, you will want to look at the breed standard as outlined by any of the breed registries (ADGA, TMGR, AGS..for example.) Understanding what features your goat should have will help you identify features that are amiss.
If you are a visual learner, research several pictures of your goat breed on the internet. Look at goats from every angle, look at healthy goats, then do a search for ‘sick’ goats and compare the images. You will notice immediately that the images and/or videos you may find of sick goats should stand out strongly in your mind, and the animals are exemplified by having or being:
Purchasing a goat is as rewarding as it is daunting! If you are like me, before purchasing anything you weigh the benefits against the drawbacks and conclude whether or not purchasing that item is worth its proposed value. When it came to goats I had to sit down and seriously think about what I was getting myself into, and what purpose my goats were going to fill in my life. When I finally decided that I was going to get a goat, I determined that my goats were going to be for dairy, meat, and as pack animals… and then a family member proposed their breed of choice, and having no other point of reference, I went with it. But then a few more questions popped up:
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