Going to go look at a buck

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by CrossCreekTX, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. CrossCreekTX

    CrossCreekTX New Member

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    Aug 10, 2009
    Central East Texas
    Breeder is going to email pix and then I'll go see the buck.

    I have 2 LaMancha does, 2 LaMancha doelings, born March 30, 09, and a Nubian doe that is 16 months old. I am going to hold off breeding the doelings till they are a bit bigger. Hoping to improve the milk production of the next generation with this buck.

    I post pix soon as I get them.
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    sounds like a nice deal if the horns arent to terrible to live with (scurs can be nasty to deal with as they get older).

    He is a French Alpine -- how does that work into your breeding program with Lamanchas and Nubians?
     

  3. CrossCreekTX

    CrossCreekTX New Member

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    Aug 10, 2009
    Central East Texas
    I'm prob going to band the scurs. Have to see how bad they are. One of my does has bad scurs, but is otherwise a good goat.

    The LaManchas were developed from a Swiss breed crossed with an earless goat, though that is all I know of the ancestry. I haven't been able to find a really good LaMancha buck unrelated to my does. I don't show, I'm more into the dairy part. I don't keep bucklings, they are not, IMHO worth pouring milk into.

    Tell you, the truth, I'm not too sure I have much of a breeding program yet. I'll have to see how the offspring turn out then decide if I'm going to try to get a LaMancha buck or not. I know I'll not get a Nubian buck. If I decide, in a year or 2, to breed my Nubian doe to a Nubian buck, I can take her to my sister's bucks.
     
  4. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    well I hope he works well for you :greengrin:
     
  5. CrossCreekTX

    CrossCreekTX New Member

    356
    Aug 10, 2009
    Central East Texas
    He sent some pix. I'm trying to attach one.
     
  6. sparks879

    sparks879 New Member

    The picture didnt come through.
    beth
     
  7. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    CrossCreekTX...how is it going ...with the buck?
     
  8. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    got a question for you

    so what do you do with the bucklings?
     
  9. sparks879

    sparks879 New Member

    I dont keep bucks either. By the time they are a two weeks old they are gone unless i have a deposit on them. I have a friend who rehabilitates raptor birds. Hey buys all my unspoken for buck kids for $25 a piece from me, he raises them on milk replacer and butchers them out for his birds. he takes my old laying hends and roosters as well.
    beth
     
  10. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    oh. ok, I read somewhere a while ago that some breeders drown the male kids at birth, which I heard the same about puppies before. seems a little harsh but some people run things differently and believe in different things :shrug:
     
  11. sparks879

    sparks879 New Member

    yea, i know some breeders drown or put buck kids down at birth. It seems like there would be some use for them, even on someones table, but a lot of people dont want to take the time to look.
    beth
     
  12. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    thats why I am glad I raise minis - just sell them as cute wether pets :)
     
  13. CrossCreekTX

    CrossCreekTX New Member

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    Aug 10, 2009
    Central East Texas
    Just brought him home this afternoon. He is getting acquainted with the Sr LaMancha and the Nubian. They haven't objected, so that is good. I'm going to try to stagger breeding and hold my yearling LaMancha off at least 2 weeks and the 2 younger girls at least another 4-6. I got to look at his mother and she is really nice. Great udder and milker.

    I'm thinking of doing AI next yr. Have to see how things go. Can't afford it this yr.

    There is no market for dairy wethers here. After pouring milk into them for months you are lucky to get 25$ each, very lucky. I cannot afford to do that so I cull at birth. If there is anybody here that cares to take them, you can have them free, but have to pick them up right after they are born. If I'm expecting you to come get them, I'll start them on colostrum from a bottle.

    Unfortunately it is a fact that you must look at your bottom line or get out of the business. Hate to be hard hearted, but have to face facts.