We are into the second half of September and the cooler nights are definitely working their magic on the goats. Particularly the bucks!
After the saga and struggle of last year’s breeding attempts, I am hoping that the going will be a little easier this year. I believe that our Guernsey buck, Reddog, was too young and a wee bit undernourished when we bought him, and being a smaller guy, the girls picked on him mercilessly. He did breed one of my Lamancha girls. However, we witnessed him breeding two others, and they did not conceive. There is no one around here that does testing on the viability of sperm in farm animals, which would really be the right way to make decisions about the bucks.
But, I am going to have to go with the try-it-and-see-how-it-works method. If Reddog goes in with the girls in mid to late October and they come back into heat, I will have to use my backup buck, Lamancha Oreo. (But his mother is in the breeding group, so that won’t work for her).
Most of us complain year after year about the musky buck smell, but every morning that I step out the back door and get that odeur, I smile and cross my fingers that it is a good sign of fertility and the hormones doing their stuff! We shall see.