If you are buying an animal for show, you should ask the following questions:
- What does the dam's udder look like? And the sire's dam?
- How much does the dam milk?
- Does she have a good temperament on the stand? (this is extremely important)
- Do you have any appraisal scores on any of the lineage?
- Has either of the parents ever been shown?
- If so, how did they place?
If they did not/could not answer, all of these questions, then you should question, why its being sold as a show animal.
I feel like I must say, it does't matter if the kids great grand-dam was a MCH Doe, or had a milk star, once you go back
more than 2 generations, its like picking out a 4-leaf clover. Ask to see the pedigree's. Its your right as a buyer to see
what your paying for.
Also, if you have any intention of showing, I would HIGHLY reccommend buying a dual registered animal (registered with
both American Goat Society, and American Dairy Goat Association). Responsible breeders will have no problem helping you dual
register the kid.
Be sure to ask the following questions of the breeder when looking at any animal:
- How often do you worm?
- and what do you worm with?
- What do you feed?
- What steps do you take to prevent White Muscle Disease? (a mineral defficiency, extremely common in this area.
They should use more than one wormer, if they don't, ask why.
Goats should be fed nothing but high quality hay, that would be suitable for horses, hay suitable for cows is not acceptable.
When you buy a goat from someone, it should be tattooed, at least if it is being sold as a registered animal, if not they
are not abiding by the rules set by the registries. The animal is supposed to be tattooed before the papers are sent in.
As always feel free to call or e-mail with any questions