It was the call you always dread as a livestock owner. You see we were on the road 3 hours from home delivering goats and buying hay when the phone rang. My buddy was stopping by to check water troughs for me while we were gone because the heat was pretty intense and all of the creeks are bone dry due to the recent drought. He said he had everyone watered and was getting ready to leave when he saw a big white goat in the driveway.
Turns out, this was truly a “Big White Goat” who goes by the name MRG Diesel. Diesel is actually more yellow these days than white because he has been wearing his working clothes for a few weeks now. It is still unclear if Diesel ‘jumped the fence’ or went through it because it is 8 strands of high tensile electric wire that was not electrified at the time. We do know that he did not get in with any other does at the time but for reasons like this we are glad to have and utilize DNA parentage verification as a tool on our farm.
I instructed my novice goat handler friend over a static filled cell phone line to shut the gate on the driveway, grab a bucket, and coax Diesel into the yearling buck paddock which was electrified until we returned. Note: The goat wrangler below is at least 6’4″.
Wouldn’t you know it, Diesel wasn’t happy in a field of bucks that he had thought looked better from across the road. You see, the smell in the air he kept sniffing was coming from all of the does in heat with HEMI next door. After a day of talking to the girls through the fence and one head butting season with HEMI through the fence, we decided there might be a safer place for this rutting buck. We loaded Diesel up in the trailer and took him to my friend’s farm. He runs Purebred Kiko bucks over full-blood Boer does and sells very nice and very big 50/50 crosses. He had some yearling does that needed bred by an outside buck and Diesel was awarded the contract. He should be safe for now until all of the activities calm down around the farm. We will miss him for the short time that he is gone but he will have plenty of great forage in his new pastures with his handful of does to breed. We took Warsaw there to vacation last year and he came back about 30 pounds heavier on his lush pastures.
If you are looking for a good commercial herd sire, check out my friend’s 2 50/50 Kiko Boer bucks he has for sale. I posted these bucks earlier in the year and they were very impressive looking when I saw them again this weekend. Click on the link below to see these bucks and their sire https://mrgoats.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/hybrid-vigor/