As posted in the 'Welcome' area of the forum, I have a couple little Nubian doelings that I hope one day to milk. I am considering options now for breeding and welcome any helpful advice. :whatgoat: I understand that it would be possible to breed them this fall, provided they've reached 2/3 of their adult weight, or about 80 lbs, but I was wondering about the opinions of the many members of TGS. I was hoping for breeding in late November, though I know this rests entirely on the estrus cycle, and the doelings will be 8 1/2 months old or so. Is that too soon? I've also heard some recommend waiting until they're a year old, but then I wouldn't have any milk next spring, as I'd have to wait for them to come into estrus again in the fall if I'm not mistaken. :whatgoat: Also, I have fallen in love with a baby buckling, whom I call Bumps. His picture is posted in the 'Welcome' thread I wrote. I have read that young males are able to impregnate does at a very young age. How soon would I have to keep him separate from my girls if I wished to control the breeding date? What if I wasn't so picky about the date, would I just leave him in with the girls? Would it be possible that he may impregnate them too soon or before they're ready? Or is he just too young this year? :whatgoat: I also wondered, would this buckling be able to impregnate my goats at 5 1/2 months of age, and then be castrated? I read in one thread that someones vet recommends 6 months for castration, and I'm assuming this means surgically. I am in need of a buck for the fall, and while he's a beautiful nubian male from a herd of milkers, I don't really want to have to set up separate winter housing for him. Plus, I'd probably want a different buck next year to breed with this ones offspring anyways, right? :whatgoat: Any suggestions or recommendations?