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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
4 H FRETTER-ER
A BUCK GROWS UP
ADAPTING
AGAIN, THE SKY IS FALLING
ALL YOU NEED IS ... CARDBOARD
AMANNAMEDJED
AND THEN IT GOT COLD
AND THEN IT WARMED UP TO ZERO
ANGRY GOAT FARMER
ANTIQUE GOAT FARMING
ANYTHING BUT THAT
ARE BUCKS EVER BABIES
AROMA THERAPY
ARTFUL DODGERS
ARTIC FRONT
AUTUMN BOQUET
B U B - B U B - B U B
BABY BACK EXCUSE
BABY MONITORS
BACK TO NATURE
BAIT
BARKING AT GOATS
BARN SOUR TRUCK
BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED
BE HAPPY
BEAUTY MISTAKES
BEHAVIORS
BEHIND THE GATE
BIG 10-4 GOAT FARMER
BIKINI WEDNESDAYS
BILLBOARD GOAT FARMING
BILLIES & STICKWEEDS
BLIZZARD OF 92
BLONDE GOAT FARMER
BLONDE HUMOR
BOTTLE BABIES
BOTTLE BABY TALK
BOTTLE BABY WITHDRAWAL
BOXING SUNBEAMS
BRONCHITIS.
BRUISE OR DIRT
BUCK LOVE
BUCKETHEAD
BUCKS IN STOCK
CALLING YOOOOU
CAN'T TOUCH THIS
CANE I DO IT?
CARPAL TUNNEL HAY
CATCHING PEARL
CHICK CHICK CHICORY
CHOCOLATE PLUM
CHRISTMAS KIDDING
CHUCK
COLD IS OUR FRIEND NOT
COUGH DROP WORMER
COUNTING
CRUMPLED
CUD CHEWING CONTENTMENT
DAYCATIONS
DEAR FAVORITE RELATIVE
DELOUSED
DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW ...
DOES ON KIDDING
DOWNSIZING
DRAMA QUEEN
DRENCHED!
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
DUCT TAPE.
DUMPSTER RAIDERS
EARPUGS
EGG SHELL MASSACRE
EMMITT
EMPTY NEST SYNDROME
EQUIPMENT OPERATORS - DANCERS
ESCAPE ARTIST
ESCORT SERVICE
FALLING SKY
FARM WALK
FARMER C S I
FEEL LIKE A NUT
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE
FIRST YOU TAKE YOUR SOCK
FLOATING MUSHROOMS
FORKS IN THE ROAD
FULL OF BULL
G G
GATE ATTACK !!!!
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GLIDING
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GNAWED AND BASICALLY CHEWED
GOAT ADDICTION
GOAT CELEBRATIONS
GOAT FARMER SONG
GOAT FARMER WEIGHT TRAINING
GOAT FARMER'S CREED
GOAT FARMING CAMP
GOAT HOLIDAY GIFTS
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GOAT KLEENEX
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GOAT OLYMPICS
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GOATS RULE
GOOD GRIEF
GOT RUNS?
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GREAT KIDDERS
HAULING GOATS
HAVE MILK WILL TRAVEL
HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE
HAY MONITOR
HE-BE-GEE-BE'S
HELP! HELP! HELP!
HELP! I'M IN THE BATHTUB
HELPING HOOVES
HERD OF TURTLES
HERE COMES KIDDING TIME - A CHRISTMAS TUNE
HOBBLE, HOBBLE
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HOME DECORATOR
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HOW TO BUY GOATS
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I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE
I FEEL PRETTY
I PREFER LONG EYE LASHES
I REALLY DO HAVE A HOME
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I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT
I'M STILL HERE?
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INTERNET AUCTIONS
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IRON WILL
IT TOOK TWO
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JOKE - GET A JOB!
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JUST 1 MORE GOAT
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LADYLIKE BUCK SELLER
LAST BUCK STANDING
LEFT OVERS
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M. D. GOAT
MAD AGGIE
MANIPULATE WHAT?
MASTER BLASTER
MAYBE THIS TIME
MEMBER ME
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MR. SNUFFY
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NAMING GOATS
NANNY BERRIES ~ DEAR FAVORITE RELATIVE
NEW "KID" ... SHOWING
NEW HAY IN THE HOUSE
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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
NORMAL
OCTOBER KIDDING
ODE TO ODOR
OH, MY
OUCH
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PLAYING DEAD
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PLOP
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PRO WRESTLER OR PUPPY
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REFEREE
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ROCK ON
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RUB DIRT ON IT
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SHOTS
SHOULD EVERYONE VOTE
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SNATCHED BALD
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SONG OF THE FROG
SPIES, SECRET AGENTS, SPOOKS, AND OTHER GOATS
SSSNAKE
STAMPEDE!
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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
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TATTOOING
THANK GOODNESS FOR MUD
THE $37.50 BUCK
THE 2003 DARWIN AWARDS
THE COWBOY WAY
THE DACHSHUND AND THE LEOPARD
THE DANGERS OF GUM BOOTS
THE FARM WOOKIE
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THE GAME'S AFOOT
THE GOAT WHISPERER
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THE PLAN
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THE TALKING GOAT
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THE THINKER
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THE TRUTH ABOUT DOGS
THE V WORD
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THE WORM HAS TURNED
THEN THE KNEE DOCTOR SAID
THIS END UP
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TORPEDOS AND TIDAL WAVES
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TRUE LOVE
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UGH DAYS
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WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
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WANNA BUY A GOAT (WINK, WINK, WINK)
WARNING LABLES
WAS THAT 65 OR 66?
WAS THAT CHRISTMAS?
WAS THAT THE WIND
WATER BUCKET TOAD
WAY TO THE HEART
WEANING WEANERS
WEE GOAT FARMERS
WELFARE GOATS
WHAT A DAY
WHAT DAY IS IT
WHAT'D YOU SAY?
WHATSTH THISTH
WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU VEGETABLES.
WHERE'S THE BRAKES
WHOOWEE
WIDE LOADS
WILD GOAT MILKING
WINTER LIST
WOE, DISPAIR...
WRONG.TURN!
YOU CALL HIM WHAT?
YOU COME HERE, NO, YOU COME HERE, NO…
ZAPPED!
LAST BUCK STANDING
by
Connie S. Reynolds
autumnfarmboers.com
Ravenswood, WV

Raising breeding bucks to sell to the public is no easy matter. Handling the buck herd is a whole different ballgame compared to handling your sweet ol’ doe herd. And, trying to keep weight on the buck herd can be a real pill. The buck is meant for one thing, in his mind, and that is to breed. He stays focused on this from the age of about one month to the day he dies. Eating, drinking enough water, taking care of his health, is the farthest thing from a buck’s mind.

Put a bunch of young bucks together and they run and whoop and holler and jump each other, run the fence to holler at the girls, urinate on their own faces, on their front legs, on each other, on you, and jump each other again. They are too busy running, jumping each other, looking for girls to even consider settling down to do something as simple as eat. Last month I went to feed two 11 month old bucks in a pen and they were reared up with their front feet on the gate, for once telling me to hurry and feed them, and the whole time they were hosing down the gate. If I had walked within a foot or two, I would have been hosed down, too.

I seriously considered going to get my rain coat just so I could open the gate, but I ended up distracting the boys by running down the other side of the fence and they took off following me on their side of the fence, to keep up with the grain bucket. Then I was able to double back, put their grain out, and stay dry. A couple of days later I was out cleaning water tubs and putting fresh water in and was met by 9 yearling bucks, all looking quite cheerful and happy to see me and wanting to rub their heads on my side. Only thing, all their heads were dripping wet, even the ears were soaked and dripping.

Had they just got a drink out of the tub? Had it just quit raining? No, they were busy being bucks, hosing their own heads down and anyone who got inquisitive and got in the way. They were quite jolly about it all. I was the only one going, “Eohh. Yuck.” and other similar words that pertained to being grossed out. It wasn’t easy ducking and dodging their friendly head rubbing that they like to greet everyone with. Yuck.

Then you also have to carefully watch the attitude of the buck herd towards one another. They’ll all take turns trying to jump on one another and the one being jumped whirls around and thumps the jumpee and tells him to back off. But, sometimes the young buck herd can get into a mindset and choose one or two bucks and call them “girlfriend”. These “girlfriend” bucks are constantly being hounded, rode on, by all the others. They constantly have to fight to defend their virtue and never get a chance to rest and eat. Enough bucks in the field, the “girlfriends” can get rode into submission or die from malnutrition, tiredness, whatever.

When you see that the herd has picked a “girlfriend or girlfriends” and these one or two fellows are getting attacked by everyone all the time, it’s time to move those “girlfriends” out and put them in a different pen or they will get sick and die on you. The buck herd has to be constantly monitored.

You also have to usually put in the same age group or size of bucks together. A four or five month old buck kid won’t stand a chance against a yearling buck or bucks. Their disposition and size have to match to keep from getting a “girlfriend” in your buck herd.

A month ago we decided to add three new bucks to the main For Sale buck herd. One of these boys was two months younger then the others, but because he was the same size as everyone else and had a dominant personality, we decided to give it a try. We ran the three new boys on the other side of the fence for over a week so they could get use to each other and then we put the three in with the group.

Immediately the buck herd assumed these were all girls and the three new bucks assumed that the buck herd was all girls, too. What a bunch of yelling and whooping and jumping on each other that went on. There were 8 particularly aggressive bucks that I was concerned about that might be too much for the new bucks to handle. I stayed close as I did chores and kept checking on the situation.

I got busy with something in the barn and an hour later ran out to make sure everyone was okay. On the way to the young buck pasture I heard one loud dominant voice, bellowing out his buck holler. There, backed into the corner of the shed were the 8 dominant bucks, not saying a word, staring at the two month younger buck in front of them. This younger buck was slapping the ground, hollering, snorting at all of the 8 aggressive bucks. The aggressive bucks had started out saying to the younger buck, “You’re my girlfriend.” And, it ended up the younger buck said back, “No, you ALL are mine.” What a surprise.

Anyone with aspirations of keeping a For Sale buck herd for the public will usually need more then one pen for the bucks and find themselves sorting bucks out frequently according to size, age, aggressiveness, and you will also be worrying about trying to keep some weight on these single minded animals where health and food are not their major concern. You might also want to consider buying a rain coat to wear.

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