Is two females cheaper then a male and female goat?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chickencuddler, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. chickencuddler

    chickencuddler Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey, my family and I want goats for milk and we only really want two(maybe three). So were wondering if it would be best to get two females and get them breed every year or and male and a female.
     
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Get two females


    The male is

    1. Super duper stinky

    2. Will eat all year long with no return, think of it that way and the cost of 'servicing' sounds cheap.

    3. If you don't own the male then you can trade out what male you use every year. Most years you can breed to a super cheap 'scrub goat'. When you want to raise replacement does then breed to an expensive dairy buck.

    4. If you are breeding to just a scrub goat, most owners will let you take the buck for one month and then return it one month later. They win since they didn't have to feed it for a month.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Get two females. Stagger their pregnancies so you always have milk--one's in milk when one's dry. Heavens no, don't keep an intact male goat for only 2 females! They're easy enough to transport for breeding and you don't have to put up with his mess, smell or attitude.
     

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