Hello all, I'm just so excited I have to share. I had goats growing up, but I haven't had any recently due to school and college. For my birthday, I went to city hall, and it turns out I can have goats! I am soooooo happy, I'm just bursting at the seams! Because, of course, I've been researching Nigerian dwarves, and breeders, and watching the ads. And yes, I'm prepared: They have a fenced area, I have a 6 foot fence to keep out dogs, shed, shade, water, minerals, hay, grain, etc, etc. Here is a pic of the doe I'm getting, along with a doeling that I'm also probably getting (ie, 99% sure I'll fall in love with her and not be able to let go when I see her): Here's the doe's pedigree, and from what I understand, I've got a pretty high quality doe here (she's 2 years old, this is her first freshening, and she's giving almost 3 cups of milk a day). Could I get some input please? Sugar Pine LK Nala Sire: MCH Promisedland CP Holy Smoke *S Sire: NC Promisedland HS Lion King Dam: Promisedland LD Safari Sire: Sugar Pine FD Starburst Dam: Sugar Pine SB Blackstrap Dam: Mounyain QuestAE Molasses Now for a few "duh, I should know this" questions: 1. How do you guys who don't own bucks get your does bred anyway? Particularly if you in the northwest, because it seems like most herds are closed? How hard is artificial insemination? When is it worthwhile to get a buck? 2. There is also a senior doe from the same herd for sale. She's eight years old, and the owner would give me a steep discount if I bought all three does. How long do you expect a Nigerian to live? Is 8 too old to bred again? She's also giving 3 cups of milk a day. Her pedigree: Sunburst Farm's Elvira Sire: Gladys Porter Zoo Ali's Pirate +S Sire: Sunburst Farms Tobias Dam: Enchanted Hill Moonshine Sire: Goodwood Loganberry *S Dam: Sunburst Farms Josie *D Dam: Karim's Lota Dots Thanks, everyone!