Alrighty, here's the scenario... We have a small herd of fainters, who are main focus when it comes to goat breeding. But we also have two Lamancha's who we use for milk. These are registered, from very good lines, great milkers, etc. Last fall, we bred them to a very good buck ($25 stud fee for each, it will be $50 this year), but this spring we practically couldn't give their kids away. So we're looking at other options. We don't have a name in dairy or show circles, so the kids are not going to sell well for that, no matter who we breed them to. We looked at meat bucks, but have decided we don't want to keep a buck that large and strong around. We're trying to decide how to get them bred this fall. We figure we'll either sell the kids for meat or keep them for our own freezer, so who do we use? Option 1: Our fainter buck. The fainter/LM cross would be, umm, interesting I'm sure. But the kids would probably be small and slow-growing. But, we already have him, and have to keep and feed him for our fainter herd, so it's basically "free". KWIM? Option 2: Our full-blood LM buckling from this spring, out of one of our does. The LM buckling is very good-looking so far and would probably be a decent breeding buck. Of course, one of the breedings would be to his mother, so I don't think we'd want to keep anything out of that. The other doe is not as good a doe as his mom, so I doubt we'd get anything spectacular there, but potentially a decent milk doeling. But, the buckling will only be about 6 months old when it's time to breed. Will he even be able to get the job done? Plus, it means keeping and feeding a second buck. Option 3: Buy something at the auction, maybe a meat cross. Use him, then sell him. I'm not crazy about this idea, because we are very careful about bringing in animals. We test and keep a clean herd, and I don't want to risk anything there. Soooo, what would you do?