Rut Season Is Coming!

Bilbo our La Mancha Buck
The last month of bad heat is an important time to start thinking about bucks if you are a homesteader who has or is getting goats. This is because once cool weather hits, the boys will be looking for girls and the girls will all be in heat.

If you want to raise goats and you don’t have a buck, now is a good time to get one for your girls. At this point, the buck should be old enough to breed. The disadvantage to buying a grown buck is that he will be more expensive. 
You could choose to rent one instead but I would caution you on that idea. There are a lot of devastating diseases to be found among goats. Be certain that he is disease free. Otherwise, your whole flock may be infected and depending on which diseases they get, you could loose all of them thanks to one diseased goat. 

My family prefers to buy a buck or two and rotate them for several breeding seasons. They don’t cost much to keep and we often buy a buck kid in the Spring time when we want to replace a buck. We often keep a pair of bucks just in case something happens to one.

Chief, a Nubian buck kid who was one of our first bucks.

When you are looking for a dairy buck (I don’t have any experience in meat only goats), you want to look for a buck who has a long back and a wide thigh gap. That buck will have daughters with a wide gap for their udders and a long back that is indicative of a good milker. 

You also want a buck that is sweet natured. Keep in mind that he will naturally be rougher than your girls. Don’t let him be rude when he’s little if you get a buck kid. Just like puppies, buck kids grow up and depending on the breed, they can get big. 

Until next time,

Emily

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