I am sure these questions have been discussed before but I couldn't find a recent conversation, so accept my apology if this is a dead horse that you have beaten enough. Also these questions might be "controversial" so if the answers would create an argument please feel free to message me with your opinion instead. I do not want to create any controversies but really do seek informed answers.
Ok with that said here are my following questions:
My family and I are hoping to get into Nigerian Dwarf goats in 2017. We want the goats for dairy, cheese making, and some brush clearing. I am working currently to get everything setup so we are ready for our first purchases. I do have a few questions when it comes to purchasing goats.
1. As I look at websites for various herds, I have noticed both "closed herds" that do not show and herds that are really into showing. As a new purchaser of goats is there a reason to go with one kind of herd over the other?
2. I am located in central South Carolina are there are breeders that this group would recommend with good dairy lines in this area? I do not mind driving to North Carolina, Georgia, maybe Virginia, or Eastern Tennessee for good goats.
Thank you for your time and opinions,