Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Monterey Bay Area of California
Although goats are charming creatures, they are truly livestock, not pets/transportation like horses. You need to be very objective and hardheaded about livestock.
If they were my goats?
I would not waste any time or money on the truly poor quality goats, which is most of them. Even if they were in good shape they'd be terrible goats. Only ones I see worth keeping on are
#3, white goat drinking.
#4 white goat with beard, head turned (possible)
second to last pic, white goat. She might be the best of the lot.
I can't tell about the pair of Nubians because of the way they are standing. Nor can I tell much about any udders, which are enormously important in dairy goat evaluation, except #1, whose udder is awful.
The others including the buck should be sold immediately. He is not a breeding quality animal.
You will need a blood draw to test for CAE, CL, and Johnes ("yo-nes"). If you have never drawn blood from a goat, have a vet do it. There is no point in testing the scrub goats, sell them first. I send to Washington U, (WADDL), same day mail. They are very reputable and prompt.
I do not see any Boer goats, are they pictured?
If the tests come back positive for anything, just sell the whole flock. You cannot treat any of those diseases.
If they are negative, start a deworming program (much the best to run fecals first), and feed them all the alfalfa they can eat, and introduce some sort of weight builder fed individually, like Calf Manna.
If any of the remaining does are pregnant (probable), plan to sell all those kids -- you don't want any offspring out a buck like that.
NEVER run a buck with does. You want to separate any buck (give him a pregnant doe or a wether as a buddy, goats must have companionship), and keep records of when you expose each in-season doe to him.
At the stage you are at, it would be best to bring your tested-clean does to an excellent quality dairy buck owned by someone else. Owners of good breeding bucks will not typically accept untested does. If they do, they probably aren't good breeders.
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