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Date:10/21/2014 12:12:29 AM
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Thanks for visiting my farm.
Sounds like you and me are in the same stage of mind. Nothing better than working in the fields or barn with your children right next to you.

We started with the nubians, they are pretty easy to handle,but we spend time with them every day. We got t nj em when the were weaned so we started when they were young. The dorpers we got later. They were already grown. We had to spend a lot of time in the pens with them to get them used to us.

As for starting out, the dairy breeds are more active and nimble, but my 5 year old son has no problems with them. The buck is a good boy but can get a little rambucntious when in rut.
The dorpers are a little less high strung and are the responsibility of my 9 and 11 year olds. They have no problems leading them on lead ropes.

I would say to start with the nubians at a young age or find some that have been handled a lot. They are a good breed for crossing with a meat breed also. They make great mothers and produce enough milk to raise 2-3 kids at a time, in my experience.

Keep me posted as to what you decide.
P.S. Stories guide to raising goats is a good read for anyone considering raising any goat breed.
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