Hello all. All of my girls are bred and seem to have taken (now heat after a month anyway) and I'm expecting kids mid May. So... I'm wondering what you all look for in your little babies when you decide who you are retaining and who gets sold. Also, what makes a kid stay a buck instead of getting weathered in your herds? I hope to retain at least one or two doelings and I have a friend that is interested in a buckling, but I want to be sure that the boy is good enough if I'm going to leave him a buck. I have three does, one is a Sable/Nubian cross, and a FF, and I will more than likely sell any kids she produces and will definitely weather any boys. My second is an American Sable with nice conformation and one of the most beautiful udders I've ever seen, but only produces about three quarts a day at peak. She has pretty good bloodlines and is bred to a lovely purebred Sable. Her daughter is my third doe, she is purebred due to the open herdbook, and she will be a FF this year. Her father has great bloodlines, including a 10* milker (Chocolate Raisin) as his fathers dam. She is beautiful and looks like she will be a great milker, but no proof yet. She is bred to the same buck as her mom, he also has very nice milky lines and a great build. So I guess my questions are; which breeding seems more promising for a buckling or doelings to retain? And more importantly, what can you look for in those cute little babies that will give you an idea of future greatness. To me all those little ones are just super cute, but I don't really know how to tell if they will mature nicely. :scratch: Anyway, thanks for all your input! And sorry for this being so long!