Last fall's series of goat dates and buck leasing was enough to make me buy a buck last spring. Magnum, a very nice papered LaMancha from Raven's Haven, was born in February. Then the rain started and never stopped. And he had round after round of illness. Coccidiosis, then worms, then coccidiosis, etc, etc, etc. I had him on medicated feed, for whatever that's worth (which is apparently not much), 2 or 3 different coccidia treatements, regular worming, and emergency worming.
Now it's breeding time. And Magnum is much smaller than he should be. He's in rut. He likes the yearling Alpines and the Mini-mancha doelings (all of whom he's not allowed to breed), but he's afraid of the senior does. Can't say as I blame him, they're an intimidating lot.
I was planning to add a buck next year anyway, so I thought, "Self, why don't we just add a 2-3 year old buck now (and perhaps a yearling doe)?" Yeah, good thought, except I can't find a good-looking, registered LaMancha buck anywhere in the south east and nobody has written me back about the yearling I was looking at. Seriously folks, if you've sold something you listed online, take the ad down!
I guess I just have to be patient. I'm not feeling patient after all the trouble I had with Kat last year. I want her bred ASAP! I don't know what I'll do if she doesn't get bred again this year. I don't feel like I can keep an animal who eats a lot and is only giving a quart a day for the past year. Did I mention she eats a lot?
If anyone knows of any good quality Lamancha bucks or yearling does (in milk would be nice) in GA or AL, please let me know!