So, I now have 5 goats, Pineapple (Alpine) and her two kids - Apple (doeling) and Banana (buckling), Babette (Alpine) and Esmerelda (looks to be Boer). I'm going to visit a breeder friend of mine this week and potentially pick out an Alpine/Oberhasli cross or a Nubian baby. She has both bucks and does available. Obviously, if I keep Banana a buck (and keep him) he shouldn't be bred to Apple or Pineapple. But he could be bred to Babette and Esmerelda in the fall. But then would I have to sell him off next year because everyone will be related to him? Although, I guess if I got a buckling from my breeder friend, I could cross him on Pineapple and Apple, and then I would have two different "lines" going on at my house? How long do people keep their herdsires? Should I get a doeling or a buckling from my breeder friend? Or both? Sell Banana? Keep Banana? He's looking rather nice, and Pineapple seems to have a nice udder and I just love her temperament. This is all so confusing!