Buck Management Question/Help Please

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by sweetshoplady, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    OK, I got a really cute Alpine buck. He's pure, but not registered. And I fell for him. [​IMG] He has the sweetest personality. Will the kids be registerable?

    I don't know enough to know when to put my does in with him so I've been putting them in there. They don't stay though. THere is a way for them to get back to the pasture they like (he doesn't know how they do that) I will be changing the fencing and making that impossible in the next couple months.

    How will I know when he has done his job? I have 2 that I milk. 2 that I don't which I plan to leave with him til close to kidding time. He was supposed to come with a wether, but they began to fight and the people thought there might be a problem and so I only brought him home.

    He's not as bad stinky as I thought he'd be. Will that change as he ages? And he'll get stinkier? Or is it possible that he's less stinky than a different goat? How long could the smell bother the milk.

    Is it true the does will dry off automatically from the breeding?
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    I dont know much at all about Alpines, but I am pretty sure you cant register the kids, unless both parents are registered. Maybe someone else can help more than I can.
  3. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    The ADGA allows registered grades as long as they meet the breed standard. You can read about it on their site.

    Alpines are seasonal breeders - in other words they only go into heat from like Aug to December. Your buck probably isn't in rut, which is why he doesn't stink. Your does might not be ready to breed until next fall.

    Pics? [​IMG]
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    i dont know much about milking but I have heard that the buck smell will get into the milk. You'll know when the does are in heat if you are around them everday (swelling vulva and acting goofy). If it was me with milking goats i'd onlyput the buck in when they're in heat but that's 'just me. Plus handling the does with the buck smell on them...it will stay on your cloths for evverrrr. We havent had a buck in forever.....(over 2 years) and the leash we walked him with ONCE still stinks [​IMG]

  5. freerange freaks

    freerange freaks Songster

    Jul 21, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Believe me he will stink!! When the girls go into season he will attract them by peeing all over his face and legs. It's really quite romantic.

    Bucks are disgusting creatures. But they are also goofy. When your doe is ready to be bred, he'll snort at her and hang his tongue out, paw at her and pee on himself. It's a comical show.

    They really are P.U.!
  6. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    He has gotten stinkier. I figured that he could be with the 2 does that I'm not milking for company til close to time for them to kid. The 2 that I'm milking then keep away from him once they're bred.

    I don't know that I know enough to know when they're ready to be bred. My does with no buck around showed no signs of heat til October when the weather changed.

    It shouldn't matter though when they're dry from being bred. Just when they're in milk, right?

    In other words, I have a little bit of time to get my fencing reinforced to keep him in the faraway overgrown pasture. I really tried to find a buck to take my does to for an afternoon of romance but there were none nearby.

    My does are grade and I do have one doe who is pure saanen, except that it says 50% due to a mystery buck in there. THe saanen buck that was available was a little close in relation to one of my does - like an uncle. So I chose this guy.
  7. FarmerChick

    FarmerChick Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    North Carolina
    bucks stink...and they get stinker as they age. no 2 ways about that!

    does when in heat will flag their tail and be interested in the buck. you don't have to worry about him getting her, when she is in heat she will go to him. Even if fenced separate....when she is ready to breed she will go to him and flag along the fence for him-----so if you want to know exactly who wants to be bred and when, keep him near enough so they can get to him also.

    So if the doe gets noisier vocally, flags her tail and rubs on the buck, even thru fencing, then you know she wants to breed.

    I keep my buck in with my does all the time. I started breeding 120 Boer meat goats, sold off down to 70 and now I am down to 30. Getting older and wanted to lighten the load some.

    hope some of that helps you.
  8. skirbo

    skirbo Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    Walton County, NW FL
    A funny story about buck stink for all you who know better than I did at that time. Some years ago I visited a friend in N. GA who in turn took me to visit a goat dairy in SC. The goats were all friendly, in particular a big ol' buck who hung around me for a couple of hours wanting pats. No big deal I figure. It stinks really bad, but I'll just take a shower, right?

    Uh huh.

    This was a Saturday morning. At the request of my friend I took a shower when we got back to her house. And another one that night. And Sunday morning. And Sunday night. And Monday morning, after another shower, when I went to work at the law firm, they could STILL smell it and though they understood, sent me home for the day. Sigh.

    When I get my handful of dairy goats, they will be girls and wethers. Bucks will be drive-by only.

    Last edited: Jan 6, 2009
  9. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Yep if you dont want to smell like them dont touch them. [​IMG]
  10. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    That is funny! And this guy is like the proverbial dog or horse who has gotten filthy and wants to come up and rub all over you for "loves and pets"

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