Help me pick an option! What would you do if you just had two good sized dairy does to breed? OPTION 1 ------------- I spoke to one of the commercial breeders of Boer goats in my area, and he says that he can let me buy a young buck to service my two does, and then trade me back for a wether that I can put in the freezer. Now the thing is, I don't know that his herd is CAE/CL free, or how he'd really even know (he has ~250 goats). There are quite a few people around here that have stock that came from him (lots of 4H-ers) so his stock seems to be generally well regarded. OPTION 2 ------------- Another option I've found locally is a breeder that has some goat semen stored that she bought from show type bucks ("Gun for HIre" and "Main Expo"), and I could pick up the supplies and learn to AI and would not have to buy a semen tank, which is the expensive part of the deal. The nice thing is I could end up with some really good quality stock, if I wanted to retain a doeling for my herd. She is charging $25 a straw, which is very reasonable. I am an EMT and I think learning AI wouldn't be much more difficult than say, intubation and IV's. Since she's close by, I can always buy another straw and try again if I miss... What to do?????