Bred for a purpose, bred to work!
Mission of our breeding program…
|Our mission of our breeding goats is to produce top quality genetics. Our goal is to breed female goats (does) that:
Our business is not about keeping the goats on a ranch where they have everything they need in life. These goats have to earn their keep, as professional weed eaters, just like the rest of us.
Their job is to travel around the Treasure Valley eliminating various kinds of noxious weeds and brush. So we need our goats to be able to handle all those changes and still be highly productive.
Our goal is to raise goats that do their work, have good kids, and don’t have to be spoiled. Probably just like your parents raised you.
|What makes a great goat mama?
When our doelings give birth, the babies are tagged, weighed, and have their mom’s number added to their ear tag. We like it when the doeling stands right in front of us as we tag and weigh their kids. In fact, if a doeling doesn’t do this, she gets a strike against her.The kids are weighed again when we come home for the summer to wean them. That information is tracked back to the mother. We select the doelings and bucks (see below) we sell for breeding based on these weight measurements and other considerations. The doelings that don’t meet our standards are culled from the herd and sold as meat.Buck Requirements
Our bucks (male goats that will be sold as breeders) are mostly pure-bred Boer, with some Kiko thrown in. We really like the growth and muscle of the Boer breed. We add some Kiko genetics because of this breed’s high marks for survivability and hardiness.Kiko goats tend to have low birth weights, but by the time they’re weaned, they’ve filled out. Kikos also tend to have more bone and less muscle, which some people don’t like. But their hardiness tends to outweigh this concern.In our experience, too many bucks are fed grain and nutritional supplement to get them as big as possible as fast as possible. Yes, these bucks bring a nice premium at the sales and off the ranch. And they look very nice, with lots of muscle at a young age. But when you turn them out on the range or they have to travel to breed or feed themselves, their survival rate is very poor.
We Rent Goat® bucks have proven over the years to survive in some of the toughest conditions. Our bucks might not wean off at 90 pounds like some purebreds. But they’ll be there for you year after year. We only raise a few bucks each year. We want them to be range ready for demanding goat ranchers.