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We have started shifting to a registered herd and have put a deposit down on a 100% buckling. OF COURSE, he is out of the same buck as a doeling we bought a few months ago (gotta love those dappled genetics!).

I have read that half-siblings will be fine, but I just wanted to see what far more experienced boer goat breeders have to say about breeding them.

He will not be used until next year, but I plan on using him to breed the daughters of our current buck and our new registered does.
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If you cannot tell, he is a total ham! His twin brother is the silver dapple in each of the pictures.
 

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I’m not a big fan of breeding half-siblings. However, I do know it can work really well, and I know some people that have had excellent success.

We personally tried it years ago, and I absolutely hated the outcome. The cross just exaggerated everything I hated, not everything I loved lol. It can really go either way.
 

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Well If you kinda think about it this way it really isn’t that bad. So brother and sister share the same dad (I’m assuming) so each are 50% of dad, and of course 50% of their mothers. Breed them together and you end up with 50% of dad, and 25% of those twos mothers.
Me personally, just having one doe? I would probably go for it if he was everything that I wanted. I have bred half brother and sister together, most turned out nice kids, some didn’t. But every year I have most nice kids, some I’m not a fan of......which of course because I have more then 1 buck (and 2 and 3 lol) I don’t repeat that breeding. But if you don’t like the offspring, I would treat it the same as any other breeding, just sell them or cull if they are culls.
 

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We're buying him to add some width to our narrow, tall goats. His sister has her flaws, but she is a stocky, meaty girl! I've got a year before we're breeding her, but I still wanted to get opinions.
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This is a good summary of our current herd...a dairy buck could probably add width at this point...lol
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Lol......I’m laughing with you not at you or your goats :p that was funny. But no I totally understand, I’m still looking at some of these goats I see and think “how in the world do they do that!” But no if you think he is a step up from what you have and you like him I sure wouldn’t let the fact one doe is related to him stop me from buying him. I had to line breed most of my does one year because I really didn’t have a choice. It was line breed or buy something that was not going to improve my herd any and on some go down hill. So you bet I put half sisters and brothers together and even daughters and dads, I’m sure there might have been some distant cousins in there too :p really the biggest down fall to line breeding is it has a higher chance of bringing the good traits AND the bad out in a line. But if you have another buck to use on sister and you think the pairing will produce good kids then even better!
 
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