Please be advised that our herd requirements take priority over any reservations, but our farm is small, so we can only keep a limited number of animals. If there is an animal or a mating that interests you, please let us know, and we may work something out. Kid prices start at $400 for first-fresheners, $500 for mature does, and go up from there, depending on the quality of the doe and her achievements. Wethers are priced at $1.50/lb. live weight at the time of sale. Purchase price of breeding stock includes ADGA registration and transfer to their new owners, plus kids will be tattooed, disbudded, and have all necessary shots. Prices on the Breeding List are for reserved kids only and may change without notice once they are born.
Deposits & Reservations:
If you wish to buy a kid or a mature doe we have for sale, please contact me directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 541-577-3057 to check on availability. I no longer take deposits but instead maintain a waiting list of reservations . Please inform me as to the animals interesting you, and I will contact you once I have a kid for you. I recommend making a first and second choice, just in case.
I settled on this approach to livestock sales, as I prefer to select my own herd replacements before offering any for sale. I also don’t want the hassle of having to refund deposits. That means you don’t have to make a deposit either! If I don’t end up with a suitable kid for you, you may certainly remain on the waiting list till I do–it’s your choice. Once you make your commitment to buy, payment for kids is due by the age of 6-weeks or when the animal is picked up, whichever comes first. Payment may be made via your personal check made out to Dianne Miller and mailed to Imnaha Nubians, PO Box 73, Imnaha, OR 97842, or via PayPal to email@example.com.
If it happens you are unable to complete payment in the given time frame, you may work out a payment plan with us if necessary, but be advised no animal will leave our premises until it is paid for in full. In the event you still cannot complete payment in a timely and satisfactory manner, we reserve the right to sell the animal in question to another interested buyer. If we must end by re-selling the animal to another buyer, you will forfeit any monies paid to that point.
It is the buyer’s responsibility to arrange transport for animals they have purchased, though we will certainly try to help when and where we are able. Costs for health certificates for out-of-state purchases and any additional tests, including shipping crate and shipping costs, are the responsibility of the buyer. Since it is at least a 10-hour trip for us to ship from the closest commercial airport, there is an additional charge (airport transport fee) to cover our expenses. We will try to ship multiple kids at the same time, if at all possible, in order to pro-rate the cost. Please note that we are not set up for international purchases at present, though that may change in the future.
We sell promising buck kids only from our very best does, and even then they may not make the cut if they do not meet our standards of vigor and masculinity. In addition, we have made the commitment to only sell buck kids that are G6S-normal. We only have one carrier doe in our herd at present, and all of her kids will be tested before being offered for sale. We do not ordinarily keep any buck kids at all, unless someone reserves one. If you want one of these fellows, speak up early or he will be gone! Buck kids are customarily banded at one week of age and raised for meat, unless they are reserved, regardless of pedigree. If you will need a companion wether for your doe or buck kid, please let us know in advance, so we will be sure to have one for you.
Kid Raising & Health:
Because we are careful to maintain a CAE/CL/Johne’s-free herd, our kids are raised on pure raw goat’s milk and colostrum from does that have routinely tested negative for these diseases. Our kids drink the same milk we do, because it is much healthier for them. If we didn’t believe in the health benefits of pure raw goat’s milk, we probably wouldn’t have goats in the first place! All of our animals have repeatedly tested negative for these diseases and have minimal exposure to other goats, so we believe this is reasonable, as well as preferable. Our kids are bottle-fed, rather than dam-raised, because it assures they will be well-socialized with humans, plus we can more easily keep tabs on their health as they grow. It also makes for a smoother transition for all concerned once they are sold. At the same time, they grow up within the herd of does while they are here, so they also learn how to be goats.
We are not fortunate to have any polled genetics in our herd at this time, so all of our kids are disbudded between one and two weeks of age. Please be aware that I WILL NOT RAISE ANY GOATS WITH HORNS–FOR ANYBODY!!! If, for some strange reason, this is something you want, then you will have to raise them yourself and they must be picked up by the time they are 6-weeks old, no exceptions. Been there, done that, and ain’t doing it again.
Our herd has been tested for G6S, because we believe it is the breeder’s responsibility to do so. Fortunately, our herd is almost entirely free of carriers (we have one), and all of our bucks are G6S normal, so buyers may be assured that no kids we sell will manifest this problem. Because it is possible for half (or more) of a buck’s offspring to be carriers if he is a carrier himself, we are committed to only selling G6S-normal buck kids. We do not see the need to cull perfectly healthy stock of superior quality, however, because G6S is easily managed with knowledge. If you have any concerns in this area, we are more than happy to discuss it with you, and we will ALWAYS disclose an animal’s status to prospective buyers.
We vaccinate our kids. All of them receive an initial dose and a booster of CDT (Clostridium perfringens type C & D, plus Tetanus toxoid), plus a dose of Tetanus antitoxin when disbudded and tattooed (or when banded, if wethered). Vaccination is a time-honored management tool and is cheap insurance. Why risk an incidence of enterotoxemia or tetanus if you can avoid it? Those are horrible diseases! It is always far easier (and cheaper) to avoid a disease than trying to cure an outbreak. Tetanus bacteria are present in the environment everywhere in the world, and if an animal manifests symptoms, it is virtually impossible to cure. It is true there are risks to using any kind of medication, but we believe the risks are minimal and worth it. We also believe in treating sick animals, so we use antibiotics when indicated.
Also, we do not use preventive treatment for Coccidiosis in our kids, because doing so actually sets them up for drug resistance. Di-Methox (Sulfadimethoxine) is an antibiotic, and thus not suitable for prophylaxis. We believe the best approach is to allow animals to develop their own resistance to cocci, which they normally do by the time they become adults. Kids who exhibit symptoms, however, are treated with a five-day course of oral Di-Methox or with a coccidiostat, such as Co-Rid. We try to time kiddings for early in the year, so kids have a head start before parasites become active in the spring in order to give them the best possible start. This approach has worked well for us, ensuring that kids are well-grown and healthy at weaning and ready for breeding their first season.