Excess bucklings. There, I said it. I am leaning more and more towards Nigies... but am having a problem getting over the whole "dealing with the boys" thing. I am afraid, since I am looking forward to these little goats so much, and will be milking and personally interacting with them daily, that I will be very much a softie with them, despite my mantra of "it's not pets, it's livestock". I try to avoid anthropomorphizing about livestock, but I just don't know. I've always had a bit more respect for dairy animals than strictly meat... and do not know how I could have such a relationship with a doe, then kill her bucklings at birth. I would much prefer to wether, disbud, and just GIVE the boys away. Doesn't make much sense, but there it is. Especially little Nigies, hardly bigger than a soda bottle.... So... does anyone have a way to get around this? I'd thought of raising them up and training to pull a cart, but I have neither the space nor the time, nor budget to feed that many goats for that long. There are several large markets around here I could try selling kids at, but it seems inevitable that some won't sell... Or, has anyone been in a similar spot? And, how did you make yourself okay with this needed unpleasantness? I really would love a small herd of my own (thinking three), as hubby and I are thinking of starting our own human herd soon, and I want to provide my child with organic, wholesome dairy products. So many dilemmas here! Thanks to anyone who can help... I feel so silly.