I really want to keep the adorable new baby goat, who is now named Storm Cloud (Cloudy for short). I am trying six ways from sunday to justify it. If I had my own herd sire, I'd save $50 to $200 per year, depending on how many does I'm breeding. And I've always wanted spotty goats. Iris is from lovely spotty goat lines, but this baby is the first evidence that truly spectacular spots are possible in my herd.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Spotty goats are very popular and I might have better luck selling them - though realistically, only if I had them registered, which is a big fat pain in the tuchus. I lost the paperwork on Iris, so I don't know how I'd go about getting her registered - maybe as "native on appearance" or something like that. But let's be honest, I'm not going to do that. And there isn't much of a market for goats right now anyway, in fact, none at all. In my area.
If I keep him, he could breed everybody except Flopsy. I'm pretty sure it's okay to breed him back to Iris, his grandam. And they'd have gorgeous babies.
On the other hand, my other does are not Nubians. All of them would have little cross breeds, which are basically worthless. My best bet is to sell or trade him to a local breeder and ask for breedings back. Maybe my sister wants him. Doubtful, but a possibility.
Okay. It's a plan anyway.