Kids For Sale
I often find the most stressful part of goat raising is deciding which goats to sell. This is especially true of kids. They are all so cute and full of potential. I might be selling the best goat that I ever produced! But I can't keep them all. I do believe that my kids are high quality animals and that I can help you find goats that match your goals--show, pets, small fiber flock additions, or to add genetic diversity to your existing herd. Since goats are social animals and adjust better to new surroundings with a buddy, I usually sell animals in at least pairs. There is an interesting study that was done in England that found that goats develop their own herd "accents" that help them to identify animals from their same herd. (Study Link)
If you are just interested in great fiber or want to try out goats, wethers might be the best choice for you. It is not as complicated to have wethers as you don't need to worry about breeding. There are different "techniques" for wethering bucks and breeders have their own reasons for how and when they do it. My policy is to wait until the buck is 5-6 months old. Castrating a buckling too early removes the testosterone that is needed for the urethra to fully develop. A small urethra can contribute to a male goat
developing urinary calculi (kidney stones)--a painful condition that often ends with the buck being euthanized. I have the testicles surgically removed by a vet who can administer a mild anesthesia and help with pain management. I feel that this is a more humane way to castrate but it is more expensive. Therefore, I charge more for my wethers than some other breeders.
Most of my sale goats this year are color carriers (one registered white parent and a colored parent). I have found that the best way for me to make quick improvements in my colored fleece quality is to periodically breed back to a white buck. When I do this, the majority of the resulting kid crop does not show much color but when these colored carriers are bred to a goat who shows color, the improvement in fleece fineness, lock structure, and uniformity is dramatic.