Currently we have 2 female 1/2 fainter 1/2 pygmy goats. They are 4 months old. We are wanting to breed them to a Nigerian Dwarf goat so that we can have Nigerians to milk and to sell them in the future. We have read that cross breeding a goat makes them stronger and better goats in some areas.
We have been offered a male Nigerian goat who is from excellent blood lines for showing. I am not sure yet about his milking lines. His sire is from Buttin heads Alexander Shanks and his dam is from Wood and stream CR Aussie and AGS Buttin Heads FN Prnt Conclusion. I have heard of Buttin Heads but not the others.
Would it be wise to breed our girls with this goat? We would wait until this December. That way our girls will be 14 months old and have them in may. Any advise in this area would be greatly appreciated. I know our girls are both registered as is the bucks parents so he can be registered too. Thank you for any and all advise.
I replied to Jenny via email...
Here is my opinion.
What I have seen with the dairy girls is that cross breeding makes for stronger lines, especially better milkers.
Since you are interested in the milk, Jenny, the Nigerian aspect brought into your bloodlines is an excellent choice. And with the fainter/pygmy cross with the does, I think the size of the buck would work as well (the kids would not be too large for the doe).
Good decision on waiting under December for the breeding.
Good to talk with you again, by the way.
it sounds like you have a plan to fit your needs. best of luck on it and any advice we can help you with feel free to ask.
great to see ya post