Here are some frequently asked questions:
Bucks? Does? Huh?
A buck is a male goat. Otherwise known as a "billy". A doe is a female goat, AKA "nanny."
What is a wether?
A wether is a castrated male. They have a gentle disposition and don't have the typical buck odor They also can't reproduce.
Why do bucks smell?
Bucks have scent glands behind their horns. They give off scent to alert females in heat. Wethers do not give off a scent since they lack the male hormone.
Why are goats so expensive? I've seen so many that are free.
Goats, like dogs, can be free, or cost over $3,000. Why? Conformation, genetics, color, and show status.
Goats that have never been shown, with parents who are average, are not going to cost as much as a goat who is actively showing, with parents who are Ennobled/showing. In goats, the value depends upon their genetics. Bloodlines play a huge factor in goat breeding.
What is a percentage (%)?
A percentage is a goat who is not purebred. Again goats are like dogs, and their price will go down if they are not purebred. The percentage doesn't matter unless you plan to show the goat. That is when you are looking for Bucks and Does to be pure. 4H goats can be percentage, but the mixed breed must be in the guidelines.
Why is a "colored" goat more expensive, even if it is a %?
A colored goat has genetic traits that are more desirable than "traditional" goats. The colored goats can be more desirable for the unusual color or pattern, in addition to having finer, softer hair.
Purebred Boer goats come in various colors; traditional, red, black, paint, blonde, and a brownish red. Some breeders base their program solely on color. Laural Lake Farm works to improve the breed with increased growth and size, color variety, and resistance to disease. These goals will be achieved by combining a variety of strong breed lines together.
What should I feed my goats?
Forage: Forage can be hay, grass, or tree leaves. Goats are browsers, meaning they would rather pick-and-choose from a variety of foliage. They prefer wooded areas and weeds more than grassy pastures. Regardless, all goats need 4.5 pounds of forage/hay for each 100 pounds of body weight. (Example: A 200 pound goat should get 9 pounds of forage per day). Goats are not like horses - they are more like deer. Goats should eat with their heads raised upward. Their ruminant stomach system digests better when eating upright, versus eating off the ground.
Grain: Goats do not necessarily need grain, but it can help keep weight on them if natural forage is sparse.
Jasper~ 100% Nubian '08 wether.
Jasper is a companion goat to our does. He happily goes along with trail rides, and gets along with all goats. He also works as a petting zoo play-mate. Very nice, well put together, and friendly!
Captain Morgan & Jack Daniels~ Nigerian Dwarf '08 wethers.
Morgan (left) & Jack (right) were given to us by a friend. These two wethers are adorable & friendly. They love children & people! They are part of our petting zoo.