I have a small herd of Boer does and this summer we will by purchasing our own buck. This year we "borrowed" a buck from the breeder we bought our does from. My question is this...I just found out that the county I live in and my children belong to 4H in has just passed a new rule that in order to show meat goats in this county they must be disbudded. To my knowledge we are the only county within the area to imply this rule. The person who sits on the board and helped to pass this is of course a dairy goat breeder so she thinks everything should be polled. I'm a little worried as to how this will effect my does in other Boer shows. We also would like to market our goats to the large Muslim community in our area and the animals must be left intact in order to do so. Our market bucks are left in tact so are not eligible for the kids to show in 4H (plus they have extended the weight limit for wethers, making them too large at market time to be of any value) My kids are really looking forward to showing but we would like to start a herd impovement program on our farm and part of the show process is being judged on horn conformation is it not? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. We are new to the goat world but I have done my homework. I live in Minnesota so there is not a huge population of market meat goats in this area. Most goat owners it seems have dairy breeds. This kind of limits our ability to show in Boer sanctioned shows without having to travel long distances. Looking forward to hearing your input! Thanks!