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Old 07-13-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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Ok so I just started my foray into the world of goats but I grew up in the country on a farm. We always called male goats Billies and females Nannies, and of course the castrated male Wethers. The babies we called Kids. When I started researching goats everyone called the males Bucks and the females Does and the female babies doelings and the male babies bucklings and the castrated males were still Wethers. Somewhat like deer. I just wondered what y'all thought about the terminology? Do you call anything a billy or a nanny or a kid? If so what do you consider the difference between a billy and a buck a nanny and a doe, or is it just different terms for the same thing in your mind? Just wondering.



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I think I heard that the old terminology holds a negative aspect to it...can't remember exactly but I heard it is deemed appropriate to use Doe, Buck vs. Billy, Nanny...



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I always use the correct terms-Buck, does, bucklings, doelings, wethers, etc. Always have in 30+ years of goats. I never use Nanny or billy. To me that sounds like slang and is degrading and demeaning to the animals.

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Buck, doe, kid, & wether.
The difference between a buck & a billy: $$


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OK... so what's the difference between a buck and a billy; between a doe and a nanny?
In my mind it's quality, not pedigree. A male goat with outstanding conformation to breed standards and great production records is a buck. A female goat with those same qualities plus great mothering capabilities is a doe. All others are either billys or nannys.

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Billy and nanny are slang words. Most goat owners roll their eyes at people who use the slang. So depending upon how "into" goats someone is the more likely they are going to use the correct terms, Buck and Doe. No harm in what you call em though. I call udders, sacks just to annoy my other half. Though the correct slang would be bag. I also liked what I heard from a Montana cattleman one time. "Oh so you raise goats? The poor mans cattle"

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After drinking the milk I am thinking he may have the poorer option. I used to LOVE cow's milk I drank so much I developed an allergy. (at least that is what my allergist said) I had always heard that goat's milk was strong tasting, after tasting it, to me it is much tastier and creamier.

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Billy and nanny are slang words. Most goat owners roll their eyes at people who use the slang. So depending upon how "into" goats someone is the more likely they are going to use the correct terms, Buck and Doe. No harm in what you call em though. I call udders, sacks just to annoy my other half. Though the correct slang would be bag. I also liked what I heard from a Montana cattleman one time. "Oh so you raise goats? The poor mans cattle"
Well I think getting "poor mans cattle" would be a wiser choice....I mean, cleaning up after a goat...or a cow.....hmmmmmmm Easy choice for me! LOL
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LOL you so hit the nail on the head!!!

[quote=Sylvie;1442540]Buck, doe, kid, & wether.
The difference between a buck & a billy: $$

In fact im putting that into my sig

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I was told the difference between and buck/Doe vrs Billy/nanny is like the difference between Walmart and Target lol

but its just a term some grow up using...and are used to..



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