Mr. Pibb, back where he belongs.
This is a decision that has been a long time coming, and was not made easily, but now that it’s made, I’m excited about it. We started out to raise Nigerian Dwarf goats. I was sucked in by the Fainters and their party tricks, and next thing you know, we were trying to raise two different herds of goats.
This has worked out great. Here’s Exhibit A (goat on the right):
(Dr. Pepper, a Nigerian Dwarf/Fainter cross.)
And Exhibit B:
(Clover’s latest, another Nigerian Dwarf/Fainter cross.)
Then I developed my next harebrained scheme, the duck ‘n’ buck yard. That worked great. We now have NO DUCKS. (Yes, a few weeks ago, something came in and killed them ALL. SOB. I have officially given up on ducks. We have ONE American Blue goose left. She is now a permanent resident of the chicken yard because if I let her out, guess what’ll happen?)
So back to what is now the buck ‘n’ no duck yard. I’ve got Nigerian Dwarf bucks escaping left and right. Here is my personal experience with these two breeds.
Nigerian Dwarf goats: These are the smartest goats on the planet. Possibly smarter than any other animal bar none. Possibly, they are in control of the universe, we just don’t know. Clover has her finger on the Red Button. Nobody make her mad! Super smart in the does–mostly, a good thing. They have more personality in one of their tiny hooves than most animals have in their entire bodies. Or most people, for that matter. Nigerian Dwarf bucks–not such a good thing. Smart can make them err on the aggressive side at times. They are wily, cunning devils, I tell you.
Fainters: These are sweet goats, only as smart as a goat should be, which means you get to be smarter than them most of the time. The girls are gentle and docile. The bucks are calm, and only aggressive enough to get their job done, and not so aggressive as to hurt you or even freak you out a little.
These are my experiences with these two breeds with my animals, so others may beg to differ and I understand that. However, I’m dealing with my animals, so my decisions are based on what I have in front of me and all the factors going on here. What if I wanted to focus on just one of the breeds? Then I could run one buck with all my girls. But I have two breeds–what about that? Nigerian Dwarf Fainters (the crosses) can actually be registered with the Myotonic Registry (the registration organization for Fainting goats). To register Clover’s baby, I turned in Clover’s American Goat Society registration and registered him with the Myotonic Registry under Mr. Pibb’s registration as a 50 percent myotonic.
Can I turn around and do that in the other direction with the American Goat Society where the Nigerian Dwarfs are registered? No.
When I try to sell goats, which goats generate the most interest? The Fainters, hands-down. Fainters are meat goats, but they are appealing to people who want pet goats. Not only are they smaller than a standard size goat (my Fainters and my Nigerian Dwarf goats are about the same size), they do a party trick! They faint. I’ve had a hard time selling Nigerian Dwarf goats. (Possibly there is a glut in the Nigerian Dwarf market, I’m not sure, I just know that I have trouble selling them.) Nigerian Dwarf goats are dairy goats, but as long as I still keep the girls, I still have milk goats–and their babies are registerable and still appeal to people who want a pet goat with a party trick.
And aside from all of that more businessy stuff, I love Mr. Pibb.
This weekend, we sold Sprite’s baby, the only purebred Fainter baby we had left from this year’s kidding.
As if selling himself, he fainted in front of them TWICE.
Clover’s baby, the Nigerian Dwarf Fainter, went along with him as a buddy and a pet. At their request, we wethered him for them. They have girl goats, but no boys, so the purebred Fainter will be their new buck.
And off they went, to their new lives.
They weren’t going very far. After advertising all over the state, they ended up going to a home not very far away, within the county. It’s always sad to see goats go, but the babies can’t all stay, and the end of their story here is the beginning of their story somewhere else.
We’re down to only Sailor and Rhett. They are both purebred, registered blue-eyed Nigerian Dwarf intact bucks. (If you’re interested, email me at [email protected]) They are actually the two sweetest of the Nigerian Dwarf bucks we’ve had. Sailor is a particular favorite of mine, and I wish I’d wethered him so we could keep him, but he’s a bit old to wether now. Rhett has a great tri-color. I’m sure he’d throw gorgeous babies. Don’t even get me started on Pirate and Eclipse. I was never so relieved as when I waved bye-bye to them. Those two were like marauding Huns on our farm. (GREAT studs, though.)
We still have Dr. Pepper, by the way–Nutmeg’s cross baby. We wethered him a while back and he’s staying with us as our pet wether.
And from now on? We’re making nothing but pure Fainters and Fainter crosses here. LOVE my girls! Clover and Nutmeg aren’t going anywhere!
Clover: “One big strong man is enough for me, Woman, but what will the other girls do?”
And Mr. Pibb? He’s the king of the hill.
Mr. Pibb: “I like this plan. Well done.”