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at what age should I stop using a boer billy goat for breeding, what a boer nanny goat

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It depends on the general health and lumbar score and past functioning/gives healthy kids.  Generally I would say by about age 10 a buck goat will begin to decline - they generally do not live as long as does or wethers because of the strain on their system.  As concerns a doe goat, the same general health, lumbar score and production of healthy kids along with the ease of kidding are considerations for her.  Generally I would say by about age 10 to 12 a doe will be on the down hill side of production.  Hope this helps - let me know - 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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