Took my 3 YO Alpine doe for breeding last fall (2 hour trip to what to me seems a very reputable breeder). . . and nothing. This doe appears to have obvious regular cycles. After the breeding, which was one day, she did have what I thought to be some odd colored discharge. I had the vet look at her and do a vaginal swab which came back normal. I've also had a stool check done and she's clean. She's one of my two goats (other is a wether) on browse and grass only 2/3 of the year; hay and a little grain in the winter. Since she was young, she has had a "handful" udder; the past several months it has been "much more that a handful" with a little larger teats. (Although at some times the sides seem to be uneven.) I've checked--she had clear liquid that is sometimes milky looking. This was another reason I thought she might be bred. Spoke to breeder and his assessment is she's healthy but "too old, too fat (carrying too much body weight); may be a non-breeder." It took a while for me to find something nice that would even breed an outside doe anywhere in the area. I'm sure she was in heat when I took her for breeding but I'm not knowledgable enough to know where she's at in her cycle, or what the window is there is to breed. My questions are where did I go wrong here. Wait too long to breed her; is that why she's heavy? (How do you put a goat on a diet that only gets what's in the field?) Am thinking about looking for a buck or taking her to a local "junk-yard" buck in the hopes I can just get her bred. Does anyone think it would be worthwhile trying her again with someone that would pasture breed? Or was she just too old? Is there something else I or the vet is missing that would show she's a "non-breeder." Can't just keep throwing good money after bad. Or would the best bet just be to start over with another doe (and a buck--for one doe!)? Regarding her health--after describing her udder and being told she's too heavy, one goat person (she did not see my goat) did tell me to try milking now--to get her producing to keep her weight down and keep her healthy. Yikes--never milked--does anyone think I should be doing that? She's a pet and a keeper irregardless. But I certainly did want to have my own babies and am becoming a little discouraged. Would welcome any and all input. Thanks!