Hello all, We would love your thoughts on this topic. I believe many people on this site have to deal with similar issues and I wonder how their thinking has developed over time. My husband and I have been going 'round and 'round discussing how to maintain our herd and we cannot agree on anything. Our issue is that we cannot keep very many goats, but we want to have at least 4 milkers (and then we need to have younger girls in order to take the milking job on when we retire the girls and of course keep our retired girls). At this time, our two girls are preggo and due at any time. We 'rented' a buck from 15 minutes away from an awesome lady that we liked a lot. The buck was really great, so nice, I would have loved to keep him but we cannot have boys and he is not ours anyway. First issue - what type of goats do we really want to have? I love nubians but they are really big and tough to work with when they are feeling contrary. Our choice was to start breeding them towards mini Nubians. Minis are a great combination of size and good milking. We like Nubian milk, the butterfat and amount is ideal. Second issue - there just aren't any goat people (other than the lady down the road) around here that have mini Nubians. So, we cannot keep a buck. There are few options for minis in this area. We thought about AI but it is expensive and possibly difficult. Although, is it so much more expensive than buying a buck and then building shelter and a pen for him and feeding him all year? Also, we could not use the same buck for long as we would not like to inbreed. So how do we get our girls pregnant next year? Also, how do we do these things while keeping in mind good genetics? I want to make improvements on our lines even if we do not register our goats (right now our girls are ADGA registered and the buck is MGDA registered). I would rather register so that our girls can contribute to breed development. It would also be nice as the babies would be worth more and people can feel confident that they know what they are getting, though for the most part we are looking at selling baby goats as pets anyway. As I said, these issues are not new to this board, but I was hoping people might be willing to put their thoughts here and we can all chew on this issue together and maybe come up with solutions that can benefit many different types of goat families. Thank you for your time. Kami.