There is no doubt that getting the right buck can change a breeding program. A person just needs to identify what they need and what they can spend. Study the genetics and decide if a given buck is the right one to fit your program. If it is, pull the trigger. If it doesn’t feel right, then don’t do it. But, just realize that waiting can cost you money.
Bucks are hard to get bought private treaty. It can be done, but it takes some tap dancing to find the right price, for both parties. Also, the breeder has to feel like that animal is going to the right home. Sometimes, parties need to partner. Maybe, the breeder needs to keep semen/breeding rights in order to make the deal work.
Don’t be afraid to be creative. It doesn’t do anybody any good to have a killer good buck and he is only getting bred to 20 does per year. They need used in order to prove their worth.
A big question to consider, is there any added-value to this purchase? There are lots of value-added options–some are very visible, some not so easy to see. Ask yourself questions like “Can the breeder help promote this purchase?” or “Can we sell semen on this buck?” Sometimes, it is better to spend a little more jack and get more “free” publicity. Likewise, there is NEVER anything wrong with finding one in the bargain bin, hiding underneath a rock, just waiting to be used on the right does. But those don’t come along very often.
Is it better to buy an older, proven buck or a young buck prospect?
My rules for buying bucks.
—-Have a genetic plan.
—-Answer your own questions. Are you hoping to make keeper females, wethers or bucks? Have a plan and be ready to realize that your plan was bass-ackwards from what you orignally thought.
—-Ask yourself, “Is this purchase about making money or making better goats?” Most of the times it is either or. Rarely, is it going to be both.
—-Have a budget. But be prepared to blow the hell out of that budget when the right one hits you.
—-Be prepared to partner on a buck in order to make things work economically. Have an idea ahead of time, who will be a suitable partner. Then if the need arises, hit them up. It’s best if the other parties don’t need the buck in the same time frame as you do.
—-A goat breeder CANNOT have too many bucks.
Have a good day and a better tomorrow.