(A guest post from Cara, our herd manager)
There are many perks to owning wethers. If you are looking for pets, 4-H projects, pack animals, goats for landscaping, or looking to add to your herd, you might want to consider wethers. A wether can be the sweetest of all goats (and make very loving and affectionate pets!) They do not go into heat and become hormonal like does and they don’t go into rut and stink like bucks (bucks urinate on their own face during breeding season, as well as emit odors from their scent glands that even your neighbors can smell!) You do not need to provide separate housing for your wether if you have other goats. They are quite happy living among does.
If you have your own farm, adding wethers to your herd can be quite beneficial. (1) If you do community outreach, a wether is perfect for the job so you do not have to worry about putting stress on a milking doe by taking her off the farm. We have a wether here at Edgwick Farm (Eli!) that we have used for farmers market visits, programs at the library (did you know Eli has his own library card?) and he was even in the local parade. (2) Although wethers cannot breed does, they can still tell when a doe is in heat. Having a wether during breeding season is quite beneficial. After the bucks have bred the herd, Eli will let us know if a breeding was unsuccessful and the doe needs to be reintroduced to a buck. (3) You can train your wether to be the herd leader, leading the does out to pasture and back in at the end of the day. We have also found that Eli is the peace keeper of the herd, always trying to separate fights between does.
We will have lots of baby boys born here on the farm this season. Feel free to email us with any questions or if you would like to add some boys to your family or herd. We have heard so many loving success stories from families who chose to add wethers from our farm to their lives!