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Which buck do you think is best?

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So I compiled six pictures of kiko/kiko cross bucks for sale across multiple states that I drive through yearly.

I have been battling parasites all summer and would really like to cross my registered alpine with something a little more hardy and my favorite that I have come across is the Kiko. However, I would like the resulting offspring to be more conformationally dairy correct if that makes sense.

What I am interested in is a quality herd that produces enough milk for me to raise kids, and still make cheese and soap. I was hoping that you all could offer your vast knowledge and let me know how you would rank these bucks if you were going to breed them to conform to a more "dairy" conformation and why. Ages are varying and I if it isn't ok for me to take pictures off craigslist please let me know! I don't want anyone offended.


Thank you very much! :D

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Tough one! I will step aside and see what the experienced ones say- I like your line of thinking I have thought to cross with kikos too for increased vigor and parasite resistance....
 

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Tough choice, but I would go with 2 or 4 I think. Can I see pictures of the does you will be breeding the buck to?
 

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3 isn't bad either, but his rump is too steep for me. I like him best but not his rump!
 

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First, if you can, find out how worm-resistant they are and how well their dams milk. Conformation comes third...IMHO. :) But with that said, I agree with Scottyhorse; I like the look of 2 and 4 best.
 

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I will see if I can dig up pictures, this computer is severely lacking in goat pictures! Unfortunately my does also happen to be fairly steep behind and have "posty" legs.

Found a picture of one of the does on the day I brought her home (shes has since had free choice minerals/kelp, copper, and has lost the roughness) :
 

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2 and 3 are fairly angular, but I don't think the rump will improve. #2 appears to have the least steep rump though.
 

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Will definitely take parasite resistance and milk production into account, but I find them to be the traits that I can't evaluate for myself. It is more information that will be gathered off from the breeder/owner or from pictures of the dam.

Conformation is something that I would love to get better at understanding and can look for myself once I train my eye to see what I'm supposed to be looking for! So thought that would be the "easiest" place to start expanding my knowledge! :D

Thank you both for the input! What points are drawing you to 2 and 4 over the other goats? 2 is my favorite topline as it looks the most level, but I'm not sure where to go from there?

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I actually like 1 & 2 the best; I see 3, 4 and 5 as having topline issues, and 6 looks generally unhealthy. Since 2 is only a kid, his current conformation might be unreliable, so I would be sure to get pictures of his dam and sire before making any decisions. I really like your idea of crossing with Kiko! Hope it works out well for you ;)
 

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Thanks for the explanation :D

At what age does a kid's conformation become more "reliable"? Or I guess a better way of saying it would be when do they mature enough to get a better idea?

Thanks everyone so much!
 

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2 looks the best to me because he seems like he has a nice, level topline, fairly good brisket for a kid, nice angular legs, and his neck blends well into his withers and chest. His rump, from what I can see, looks okay. I would say it looks good for meat goat standards, but not dairy goat standards. They are, after all, very different ;)
 

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Thanks for the explanation :D

At what age does a kid's conformation become more "reliable"? Or I guess a better way of saying it would be when do they mature enough to get a better idea?

Thanks everyone so much!
I would say at about a year, but the older the better IMO.
 

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I would say that at 3 months of age, they start to develop and reveal their 'forever' qualities, but at 4-5 months is when you will see a smaller version of what they will look like in adulthood. :)
 
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