We've reached our goals this year in our goat breeding program. Our original does are Nubians, a dairy breed. In the first year, we bred them with a Boer, a meat breed. The daughters of this mating are the F-1 generation, and are half Nubian/half Boer. When the F-1 daughters are bred to a Boer buck, we get the F-2s, who are three-quarters Boer (for a meaty carcass) and one-quarter Nubian (for mild flavor and tenderness). In this picture you can compare the F-1 kid standing in front of the much bulkier F-2. Billy, our current buck, is very sweet and easy to manage, and he produced wonderful kids. Because we'll be breeding his daughters next year, we'll have to replace him with another buck.
These adorable bottle babies are as friendly as can be. Since they're so well bonded to humans, they will make excellent pets. They're all dehorned and the males are wethered (castrated). Goats are natural browsers, gobbling up brambles, briers, poison ivy (their favorite treat!), wild grape, multiflora rose and all your other nuisance weeds. But they're also quite talented lawn mowers. In another few weeks, they'll be old enough to move on to their adoptive homes. I'm favoring placements with room for two or more, or where there is other livestock, because goats, like all herd animals, prefer to be part of a group.