I believe very strongly in a strong doe base. We use to not look for really high quality bucks, just as good of quality as we could get for a good price. Doing this we were able get good goats that grew quickly and produced well for us. We retained does from our own herd and occasionally bought outside does. We switched out our bucks about every two years. We also just ran the bucks and never separated and the babies came when they decided to. Our herd was very able to maintain itself in this fashion, but there was no science to it at all. We could have continued like that, but to improve your herd there has to be some maintenance done. Now we choose good quality bucks that we have searched out and we think will compliment our does. Our does are also able to improve on our bucks because of the doe base we have built up over the years.
Over the last few years we have been able to bring in quite a few registered does that compliment our bucks very well and will be expecting many more kids from these wonderful does. We still have many does from our original doe herd and they are just as hardy as ever.