Are Goat studs profitable?

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Hey everyone! We weren’t sure which forum to post this in, so we just put it here. My daughter is wanting to get Nubian goats, but isn’t sure if they will be profitable. She really just loves goats(she used to rescue Nubians kids), but she is so busy, and is wanting to choose hobbies that are profitable. She has thought about breeding them and selling milk & kids, but doesn’t think that’s the best option right now. She is open to all ideas, and just thought of getting a buckling or 2 and raising them to use as studs. There is a nice safe place people would be able to bring their does...but in East TX is there a market for Nubian goat studs? She found a gorgeous black buckling with tan moonspots, but doesn’t know if that would make any profit...is there a more profitable breed other then boers. Or something more profitable she could do with another goat breed?
 

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He sounds beautifull....but is she truly familiar :with buck goats? They are a handful!! A lot of work and it can get a tad scarey...so how mamy does she want to start with?
 

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I wonder what the stud fees are I wouldn’t even get a buck if I had someone close to knock the ladies up. Check Craigslist and see what stud fees are going for. If it about the money? Or just a project to help cover feed. Can breed fainting goats/Nigerian dwarfs to sell as pets, stud, breed for quality purebreds like kiko, saanen, Nubian.
 

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No responsible goat owner would rent out a buck to who knows what kind of disease the prospective lady goat might bring to the rendezvous. Likewise, no one with any sense at all would bring their doe to be bred by a buck that has already "been around" with many other does owned by many different people. Not trying to be mean, but wouldn't want you to jump into this without knowing the facts.

I don't have goats, I have sheep. I have read enough on the goat forums we have here to know that the breeders do not loan out their bucks for drive by breedings. Both goats and sheep can carry disease that nobody wants in their flocks. The better breeders test their animals and take precautions to keep their flocks disease free and are picky about the replacement stock they buy.

While it might sound like a good idea, in reality, the chances of transmitting disease and or illness make it a risky proposition, both for the health of the stud goat and the does brought to him for breeding.

This is why everyone keeps their own breeding stock.
 

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I used to breed my mini stallions to outside mares -- BUT, the testing required was not cheap for mares & stud, nor was the stud fee. Goats are not in this category, so I cannot see a "profit" that would offset the time. If she had does as well as a buck, then she subjects her own livestock to illness/dsease.

There are a few farms here who will stud out. They require tests of the doe for CAE, Johnnes, etc. but no breeding tract checks. So -- who knows. Because of this, I wouldn't use the service.

AI could be available. Talk to your vet about all of that as it isn't free either. Plus, most who us AI do so with champion livestock. These would include registrations, shows, etc.
 

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I wonder what the stud fees are I wouldn’t even get a buck if I had someone close to knock the ladies up. Check Craigslist and see what stud fees are going for. If it about the money? Or just a project to help cover feed. Can breed fainting goats/Nigerian dwarfs to sell as pets, stud, breed for quality purebreds like kiko, saanen, Nubian.
I won’t own a buck again, to be honest....because..I’m the one who does the farm work..and he was too much for me..it scared me..and it’s just not worth it...I’ll do a sleepover..:)
 

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No responsible goat owner would rent out a buck to who knows what kind of disease the prospective lady goat might bring to the rendezvous. Likewise, no one with any sense at all would bring their doe to be bred by a buck that has already "been around" with many other does owned by many different people. Not trying to be mean, but wouldn't want you to jump into this without knowing the facts.

I don't have goats, I have sheep. I have read enough on the goat forums we have here to know that the breeders do not loan out their bucks for drive by breedings. Both goats and sheep can carry disease that nobody wants in their flocks. The better breeders test their animals and take precautions to keep their flocks disease free and are picky about the replacement stock they buy.

While it might sound like a good idea, in reality, the chances of transmitting disease and or illness make it a risky proposition, both for the health of the stud goat and the does brought to him for breeding.

This is why everyone keeps their own breeding stock.
I don’t want to sound, like I know it all or whatever, because I certainly don’t...but, I’m on a goat forum, and many of the people have recommended getting a buck temporarily..they talk about often on there...so, it must not be too bad as long as you do your homework about the breeder
 

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Hey everyone! We weren’t sure which forum to post this in, so we just put it here. My daughter is wanting to get Nubian goats, but isn’t sure if they will be profitable. She really just loves goats(she used to rescue Nubians kids), but she is so busy, and is wanting to choose hobbies that are profitable. She has thought about breeding them and selling milk & kids, but doesn’t think that’s the best option right now. She is open to all ideas, and just thought of getting a buckling or 2 and raising them to use as studs. There is a nice safe place people would be able to bring their does...but in East TX is there a market for Nubian goat studs? She found a gorgeous black buckling with tan moonspots, but doesn’t know if that would make any profit...is there a more profitable breed other then boers. Or something more profitable she could do with another goat breed?
hi....not hijack this thread...but do serious research first . To actually make a profit you’d need registered goats, which are more than a non registered, obviously..and you’d need to make sure you get them from a great lineage, and check udder quality, etc. if Nubians are popular there, and she’s familiar with them, then that’s probably a good way to go...but...there’s a great forum..for just goats...thegoatspot...they have helped me tremendously and can help you with more details because goats are all they do...and they are VERY serious...sometimes they can be VERY harsh...which is why temporarily left...but...they do know their stuff, so take what you need, and try to be thick skinned.

if she’s tough enough to hand bucks..then I suppose go for it...peopl do bring does for to bucks for services. As far as a breed more profitable in your area...I think only you can determine that, by checking local Craigslist, or other internet listings....I hope any of this was helpful and I’m sorry for butting in, but, I thought the info about the forum would help. :)
 

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The appropriate response should come from people who have raised bucks and keep them to breed, that being said, I am 67 and can walk my buck on a leash but would never stud him out or use another borrowed buck to breed unless I knew the farm and breeder.
I have found that BYH has. the more reliable information about raising goats than the above recommended " thegoatspot "( which is against BYH rules to promote other sites)
Raising goats for stud is a recipe for problems bringing disease into the herd ....you may want to go and reread this thread as you have gotten some great responses from knowledgeable people :thumbsup🤔
 
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i would not sure any animal out, my reasoning is even if the owner is a responsible person the chance the missed some symptom such a runny nose or fever or worse yet an abcess whatever it is could infect your animal and some illness live is soil for years. and to be honest in my opinion not to be offensive but i would question the biosecurity of some one wanting to expose their doe to my buck not knowing anything about me and I could be lieing about test results and ect. in my experience someone who a harsh person and acts like they know it all normally knows nothing or treats their animals in away most responsible owners wouldnt there are sites that and people who think chickens should wear diapers and run around my house that boys happening raise the for food eggs and meat they not my children and i refuse to change their diapers. sorry if i am offending anyone not my goal but i would be more will to accept advice from some one who humble and honest over the later.
duckfarmer you had a bad goat... not all bucks are equal i had one that my daughter who was five could walk on a lead during breeding season and he was a sweet pie. granted any animal can feel their oats and think they are big and bad but can be corrected if they are by nature a gentle animal. my buck was he was very docile the worst he would do was steal the kids leafs (not say i g to let a young child hand a buck it just happened when I was with her and i knew my animal pretty well otherwise i wouldn't have a mean one unless they were in the freezer). i just saying this to say dont get discouraged bout bucks not all are equal and the same goes for most animals.
 
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