Thursday, April 09, 2009

More Goat Prospects

Well I've gotten the goat house about half way done (still have to do the roof). I have to do some fencing though before I'll be ready to bring them in. I have a few prospects for some LaManchas, but it is a long drive to look at them, so if I decide to get them I'll have to pick them up right then I suppose. The guy has two does for sale. He's "pretty sure" one of them is pregnant. I get the feeling he doesn't pay too close attention to them, but I do know he has a Lamancha buck so it could be a full lamancha baby... They probably haven't been milked much if at all, and I'll just have to see what kind of shape they are in when I go down there this weekend. The price is pretty reasonable ($75 each, cheap I think) so I'm a little wary of the "get what you pay for" thing. I figure they might have been a kids 4H project that he is trying to get rid of...

I have also found a few pygmies for sale, but we'll have to wait a little while to go after them I suppose. I would like to get some pygmies, dwarves, lamanchas and kikos in the long run. I'd like to try my hand at raising some of the mini-Manchas, but we'll just have to see how things go. I'd also like to try and raise some Kinders. The guy with the pygmies also has a nubian/boer doe with two kids that I'd thought about possibly getting. Anyone have any experience with one of those?

I missed out on a smaller LaMancha doeling a while back and passed up on a LaMancha/Saanen buckling today. I wish I'd been able to get the doeling and breed her to a nigerian dwarf, but alas...

Wish me luck, and any goat buying advice is welcome! Please!

1 comment:

  1. I have a couple Boer/Nubian cross does and I love them. They milk fairly decent and produce some of the fastest growing meat wethers here every year. They are a good dual purpose goat IMO.

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