Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

http://corvallis.craigslist.org/grd/5020151686.html

I'm getting two lamancha/nigerian cross girls, and just for fun, I searched my local craig's list to see what was there... (my girls are coming from two reputable breeders that I know, but I also know reputable breeders who list on craig's list) I read the listing to my hubby, and even HE knew which part I was incredulous about. "Both goats came out with no horns." 

OH.

MY.

GOSH.

Also? This is a prime example of who NOT to buy from... a person who doesn't 

A. know that even horned goats don't HAVE horns when they are born... 

or 

B. know that the proper term for a goat that is not going to grow horns is called POLLED ... 

To me, that means that they most likely don't know enough about goats to be breeding stock you would want for your dairy. 

Also? Not a single picture of the mom or dad... just an all around great example of what NOT to do when you list your goats for sale. 

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Wow! That's sad. These people think that horned animals are born with horns? OUCH!!!

My cynical take on it is that they do know how horns work, but they're attempting to fleece unknowledgeable goat newbies. They came up with wording that certainly isn't lying, but gets them out of any complaints when horns do grow. "We didn't say they wouldn't grow horns, we said they didn't *have* horns at that time."
No matter what, yeah, terrible ad.
Haha, see this would be me if I were placing an ad today. Thankfully, I have months to a year to learn before I have to sell any kids! Sure does make me wonder how long these people have been selling though.

Perhaps..., just perhaps, the person doesn't know the term polled. 

I have only seen one polled kid, but I think that both kids - especially the brown one - look polled (no swirls on head). Or is it the other way round, swirl equals polled?

Kristi and Michael, *If* goat kids are polled, that would mean that the breeder HAS polled goats. You can't get polled kids from parents that are horned. (even if they've been disbudded) so *if* this seller doesn't know the term for polled goats, then they don't know enough about goats to be breeding/selling them. Not as reputable breeders. It's entirely possible that they don't know, but that's kind of my point. They SHOULD know... and whatever the reason for their poorly worded ad, this is the kind of seller that people need to avoid. If a breeder can't use correct terminology in their ads, there is a good chance they don't know enough about goats to be breeding responsibly, or managing their herd responsibly, and purchasing "cheap" like this could cost you a lot in the long run. (goats that end up with horns in a herd you meant to raise without horns, disease, etc.) 

Marin, I hadn't even thought of that!! Even worse! 

Marin Waddell said:

My cynical take on it is that they do know how horns work, but they're attempting to fleece unknowledgeable goat newbies. They came up with wording that certainly isn't lying, but gets them out of any complaints when horns do grow. "We didn't say they wouldn't grow horns, we said they didn't *have* horns at that time."
No matter what, yeah, terrible ad.

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