Can you tell I'm all excited?????????? A friend emailed me with an opportunity to buy a herd of British Alpine, registered does .... oooooh maaaaaan I really really really really want them! The original email I got there was 10 kids, 3 goatlings and 10 senior does in milk. I contacted the breeder today and he has left 4 kids, 3 goatlings and 9 senior does in milk. Now, I looooove British Alpines but I only have one (Maddie) and there is no guarantee that she will breed for me (so old). And the thing is, she is the only BA in our area, in about a 6 hr radius. And I have had a lot of people asking me about BAs wanting to buy some off me. Soooo .... I'm really really wanting to get these goats and have a full blown stud. Because apart from loving them, I think I could sell some too. Okay, here's where I take a deeep breath and try to think rationally about this. They wanted $4000 for the complete lot, that works out about $174 a head, with the remaining 15 head that puts me up for $2610 ... I dont have 2610 but maybe they would drop the price a little, to 2500 (even that little bit would help). And I really need to sell my angoras first because apart from needing the money obviously I cant add another 15 goats to my already crowded crowded crowded little acre. Plus they are about 11 hrs away so factor in petrol money to the purchase price ... And I need to consider how much they are going to cost to maintain ... I'm doing the number crunching and the first thing I have figured out is its going to cost $218.40 a week to feed the bunch of them eeek! :GAAH: Now I need to number crunch the other side of the equation and figure out what sort of money I'm going to be making off the milk ... considering there are 9 in milk does in the bunch so really that equals instant income, and although I havent got the records from the breeder yet I would *expect* at least 4L/doe/day ... need to ring the guy just down the road who has dairy goats and find out a) what the markets are and b) what the prices are and c) whether the markets would take any more milk. Whooooo ... another deep breath. I am trying to figure out how to post the pictures for you guys, cos they are some really nice looking goats and just cute cute photos but the breeder sent them to me in a word doc ... and I cant figure out how to do it that way. Any ideas? Sorry for this very long and confusing post, it is basically my stream of consciousness bubbling up out of me :greengrin: lol Can you tell I really want these goats??