Goats/breeding

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last year we traded a buck for a doe. this year we are considering trading a doe for a doe from the same people. My question is this. Buck A is the father of Buck B ( ours ). Buck A is the also father of Doeling C. Buck B is father of doeling D. If we trade doeling D for C will it be too closely related to breed A with D and B with C?

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Not at all - what you look for is if there are no major conformation faults in the goats then it is okay to breed within the same lines/relatives - if there were a major fault that is when you would want to breed out of line to try and correct that fault.  Goats are not like dogs in that in-breeding in dogs creates very odd genetics whereas in goats it does not.  Hope that helps.  Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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