We took our buck, Beau, to his first show last weekend...good news was that he placed 3rd in two rings and 1st in another against some very tough competition. Bad news is that the judge in another ring noticed that he had a spur teat (the other judges did not notice)! So, I contacted his breeder (she was wonderful about it, btw), she is replacing him and has advised that I cull him and all of his offspring from my herd. So glad I bought from a reputable breeder who was willing to replace him due to this defect! I already found a pet home for Beau with someone who was willing to take him as an unregistered, pet quality buck. They breed for the pet market where color, temperament, size, and health are what they are looking for rather than being perfect for the showring so they were happy to take him and give him a home. He has a total of 4 bucklings from this Spring and one doeling (that I am keeping for now). None of his kids had any extra teats. Of the bucklings, 1 is out of a doe with an unexceptional mammary system and is not very flashy, so I had already planned to wether him anyway. 2 come from a doe with champion bloodlines and a gorgeous udder, plus they are flashy boys so I am going to offer them as unregistered bucks to someone who might be breeding just for pets or home milkers. Maybe someone who has standard-sized goats and needs a small buck to breed their first fresheners to to prevent birth complications... The last buckling, though, is one I had planned to keep and I am having a hard time deciding to get rid of him....he is out of my best doe, he's long and level, POLLED, and at the show he got loads of compliments from the judges, especially on the width between his hocks and the height/width of his escutcheon (one judge said it was outstanding). He did not place, though, as he was just a little 12 wk old and could not compete against the big boys who had had a year or 2 to mature. So, my question is, how bad of an idea would it be to keep him? I went online to research this and found lots of conflicting information so I'd love to hear opinions on the matter.. This has been a total nightmare...when I really step back and look at the impact it is devastating. Everything from buying and raising this buck up to an age where he could breed, breeding him to my does, waiting for kids, bottle feeding kids, registration fees, feed, shots, time....argh! Plus I have 2 more does bred to him that are not due until Fall, so I will have to wait until then to cull those kids, too! Lesson here is not to ignore your bucks! I just don't handle mine nearly as much as my does and I never even thought to check his teats as I knew he came from an excellent herd and his breeder had checked and re-checked before selling him. I did not know it was possible for them to grow a spur teat as they got older like he did. Arrrgghh! From now on I will be flipping over every goat I own and checking those teats frequently! They are going to think I've gone nuts, but it's better than waiting to find out in the show ring that a whole year of breeding plans has been ruined!