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hey everybody I am fairly new to owning goats I have raised sheep for half my life and used to breed them but im done with sheep and I still have 3 ewes living with my new goats and my 10 month old heifer they all get along great but I have decided to start breeding goats I bought a doe that's about 2 to 3 years old and has kidded before and I bought her weather son and she is half boar goat and half Nubian and her son is half her and half oberhasli and I also bought 2 doe kids a few days ago that are almost 1 year old they are half Nigerian dwarf and half pygmy goat so here is my problem I am not breeding my little ones this year because they are a little young and I am breeding the older doe next month to the oberhasli buck she bred to last year but my problem is I want my own buck and I don't know what I can breed to a larger doe like the one I have and the pygmys because I want to start milking my older doe and if she has doe kids they will also be milked so I need something that's a good milker but not to big because my friends oberhasli buck is huge if I had to guess he is probably a little over 4 feet tall and 5 feet long to big to breed to my pygmys but a good milking breed but I want the same buck to breed all does in the future any kids from my pygmys will just be for clearing brush but I need producing kids from my older doe so I just need some breed suggestions to see if its possible to keep the same buck for 2 types of goats and I will be buying some larger does later and if I need to I guess I can buy 2 bucks and keep them together if all else fails.

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hey everybody I am fairly new to owning goats I have raised sheep for half my life and used to breed them but im done with sheep and I still have 3 ewes living with my new goats and my 10 month old heifer they all get along great but I have decided to start breeding goats I bought a doe that's about 2 to 3 years old and has kidded before and I bought her weather son and she is half boar goat and half Nubian and her son is half her and half oberhasli and I also bought 2 doe kids a few days ago that are almost 1 year old they are half Nigerian dwarf and half pygmy goat so here is my problem I am not breeding my little ones this year because they are a little young and I am breeding the older doe next month to the oberhasli buck she bred to last year but my problem is I want my own buck and I don't know what I can breed to a larger doe like the one I have and the pygmys because I want to start milking my older doe and if she has doe kids they will also be milked so I need something that's a good milker but not to big because my friends oberhasli buck is huge if I had to guess he is probably a little over 4 feet tall and 5 feet long to big to breed to my pygmys but a good milking breed but I want the same buck to breed all does in the future any kids from my pygmys will just be for clearing brush but I need producing kids from my older doe so I just need some breed suggestions to see if its possible to keep the same buck for 2 types of goats and I will be buying some larger does later and if I need to I guess I can buy 2 bucks and keep them together if all else fails.

 

I had a bit of a hard time understanding because no paragraphs to separate points/almost no punctuation, but I will attempt to answer your question.

 

So you have four goats right now. A mature Nubian/Boer doe, her Nubian/Boer/Oberhasli wether son, and two Nigerian Dwarf/Pygmies. You want the mature doe bred, but want to let the ND/Pygmies to mature (always a good idea).

 

It sounds like your issue is eventually mixing a large breed buck with your small breed goats? If this is correct, then your solution is to separate small breed goats to prevent them from being bred. They can breed year round, the little ones, so a large breed buck can get them pregnant at any time of the year. Unless you WANT to have to pay a vet to give each ND/Pygmy a cesarean section, you must only breed them to a buck that is similar sized to them.

 

Bucks shouldn't live with does 24/7/365 anyway, even for breeds that aren't considered year round breeders. So the two buck plan, a big buck and a little buck, is the smartest. Control the breeding, only put a doe in heat with the respective sized buck when you are interested in breeding. You'll know her exact due date that way.

 

Another option is to get one buck, and let the wether live with him for companionship. But get a purebred Nigerian Dwarf buck from proven milking lines. Don't just get any run of the mill Nigerian Dwarf, since a lot of people breed them as pets and do not focus on milk production. "Mini" breeds are popular, and a tenacious Nigerian Dwarf buck can breed a full sized doe. That way, all you need for now is one buck, and the daughters will inherit good milkability. Your does are already all mixes, so a further mix doesn't really harm anything. Plus you don't have to worry about about emergency acquisition of Lutalyse to terminate a pregnancy if a big buck escapes and breeds a little doe.

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My backyard flock: Five Araucana girls, two Araucana boys, and seven Magpie ducks.

 

Mini Yooper Goats and Other Critters

My website for my Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Araucana Chickens, and Magpie Ducks

 

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sounds great that's what I wanted to hear and sorry about how I type I am so used to everything being in text form that I don't tend to care about how I write on byc haha sorry aout that

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