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I have a buck that just turned a year old and only weighs in at 40 lbs. he is naturally polled so I don't know if that makes a difference. What can I do to put some weight on? He also never grew a beard.could it just be genetics?
 

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I have a year old ND that is about the same weight. She is really tiny! For that reason I am not going to breed her till this fall or later. Have you had a fecal test? He may have an overload that’s keeping him from gaining weight.
 

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No I haven't done a fecal we don't have any vets around that won't charge a ridicules price for this service so I just try and do everything myself. I have given ivomec, copper bolus ,and toltrazuril ( coccidia)And selinum.
 

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Could I see a pic of him? I'm not a Nigerian person but, I am a vitamin deficiency person.
 

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There are labs such as MeadowMist to send fecals to very inexpensive. Downfall is result can take a week.
Most vets only charge about $25 a fecal (ouch, yes). If time was of the essence you may want to actually call around and figure out who would do it.
I'm in the same boat. Only 3 region vets do goats, the rest get snotty and hang up if you call with simple lab requests, and you're talking $120 for them to just open their vehicle door on your property. They are all an hour or more away if they could even leave the second you call in for help. Real emergencies here will end with a prayer or a bullet.

Pictures be helpful. Mineral deficiencies do all sorts of things.
Is this goat registered? We can take a peak at his genetics as well.
 

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Yes, feels really boney. I know his background as where he came from and the lady always has very good bloodlines just don't know whats up with this one.
Does breeder have posted biosecurity testing? Around here, it's usually right on the website and available.

Most likely this is a feed and mineral deal, with the info you've provided. Possibly worm issue, so fecal necessary.
What's he eating?
 

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My ND bucks have all grown beards by a year old. I currently have a buck who just turned a year old in April who has a decent beard. He is much smaller than my mature bucks (he’s probably 60# but I haven’t weighed him) but his dam was very petite so I don’t expect him to be huge.

It does sound like a parasite and/or nutritional problem. Maybe something early that stunted his growth. Some of my current bucklings that just turned 8 weeks old just weighed in at 20#.
 
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