Please remember before purchasing goats registered or not important things to keep in mind are :
1) Is this goat from a reputable breeder who keeps their stock vaccinated, wormed and in good health? Or is this a person who buys and sells goat often and its hard to be sure of the goats background, a goat dealer maybe?
2) Is the herd closed, tested for disease, clean from disease or are goats often coming and going in and out of the herd?
The people you buy from, their herd status will be your herd status for better or worse.
3.) Is the goat a baby, usually priced cheaper? These are a great choice if you are not looking to breed anytime soon and want to raise one. Males tend to be up to the task of breeding adult full size does between 8 and 10 months. Yes they are potent at birth, can breed their sisters quite young but they cannot settle( successfully impregnate) a `1`35-150 lb. doe easily until they get some size on them . I wont say its impossible but from experience breeding bucks and does its unlikely. As far as does go they need to be a year old or at least 80 lbs. which ever comes first . I prefer to wait until at least 18 months of age on does. If I sell a ready to go breeding animal, it will cost more and rightfully so than a weanling. You wont be feeding it for a year, its in good health ready to go.
4) Registered? Unregistered? Purebred? Mixed breed? This is a personal decision and there are many excellent examples of all of these but even more poor and questionable examples of the above. Regardless, it cost the same amount of money to feed them and time to take care of them. Good genetics and careful, selective breeding will give you a stronger herd and more prolific, solid, breeding animal overall and pay off on future offspring produced. Always breed only the best to the best that you can afford . I am not talking about color here, spots, flashiness etc. I am talking about physical soundness, breeding soundness, milk production, meat production, good mothering ability, good disposition, longevity, parasite resistance, etc. You get the picture. A beautiful spotted goat that lacks all the above might make good curry or a good rug (yes I have one, made it myself, sorry if you are offended, we are not vegetarians here. ) or a beautiful and loving pet. Now if you can get the whole package , awesome, but I see too much focus on color today and not enough on the more important things. I will never sell a goat I wouldn't personally own and breed, those are culls , they go in my freezer.
5.) If you do not show your goats you may not care about papers, but health always matters as you can see from my statements above. Most of my goats are papered but all of them are purebred Nubians. What do you want the goat for? Meat? Milk ? Dual purpose? In my opinion choose a purebred animal that was bred for these purposes from proven bloodlines , registered or not, but purebred. Why consider a purebred without papers. They are usually a little cheaper in price and possibly more readily available and will suit your needs . Purebreds may not have papers for a variety of reasons, owners death, divorce, farm loss, goat parent is only registered native on appearance etc. If you are wanting only a backyard pet for the kids, a lawn mower or company for your horse, get a lower priced mixed breed goat of good quality , good health and with a good disposition, this is always important regardless of breed. I am not bashing mixed breeds , they are just more of a gamble when you are breeding for something specific like dairy for example. It takes time, money and hard work to raise animals. There is nothing wrong with being smart about it. These are my opinions , things I've learned from years of farming and breeding and at the end of the day everyone has free will can do what they want. Its your money and your time.
Finally folks find animals you love and enjoy . Caring for them is a 365 day a year job, paid or not.
The life lessons, memories and blessings it will bring, those are priceless.
For Sale Shot Gun Born April 2020 Sired by Groot N1996509 purebred Nubian and Honeybell GN2144011 *(Pictured below her mother is herd queen Joanna) purebred Nubian. Grandsire is Macho purebred Nubian N1555250. This boy is a good looking very sweet natured buck, ready for breeding now. He comes from excellent milking lines and proven producers and will be a good dual purpose buck for any hobby or family farm. Closed clean herd, disbudded, vaccinations and worming current. $300.
For Sale Hooch Born March 2020 He is going to be a big boy 200 lbs when grown. Sired By Groot N1996509 and out of Joanna GN1532172. Grandsire is Macho N1555250 This is a very nice looking buck and ready for breeding now. He does have horns due to no fault of his own. He is an excellent choice for the dual purpose meat and dairy hobby or family farm. All shots and worming to date, clean, closed herd. *Joanna his dam (see below) is herd queen and has milked consecutively as long as 5 years with out drying up. This was her last kidding and although she is still milking at this time, she is 13 and semi-retired.
Hooch is $325
Reference Senior Herd sire Macho purebred Nubian
This is a big buck well over 200 lbs and gentle as a kitten. He comes from good milking lines and is an excellent example of a dual purpose (meat and milk producing) Nubian. As our herd is closed, we do not offer stud service but we do sell quality kids from time to time. Check this page or contact us for what is available
Reference Jr Herd sire Groot purebred Nubian N1996509
Groot comes from a long line of champion milk producers. He is a sweet buck and a bit of a clown, he wanted to pose for his pictures. All of his kids to date have been awesome, so much so we are retaining all does from 2020 and currently offering a few of his quality bucks for sale. Our herd is closed and we do not offer stud service.
We will have our next kid crop in the fall of 2021
My Sweet Joanna
Hooch and Joanna March 2020
My Sweet Honeybell
Honeybell is sired by Macho and out of Joanna and dam of Shot Gun