In August 2003, we attended the Showstopper IV Seminar and Sale in West Monroe, LA. This event was hosted by John & Jackie Edwards of Stephenville, TX and Bill & Niki Ryals of Tylertown, MS. One of the classes, conducted by Mr. Edward, involved collecting semen, testing the semen for viability, and artificially inseminating a doe.

In November 2003, we were fortunate enough to be invited to attend a buck collection and class, hosted by Alabama A&M University at the home of Myrna & Marty Dutcher. The collection and class were conducted by Geoff and Nancy Masterman of Superior Semen Works, Milton, NH.

We learned first hand the value of having your buck’s semen collected in November 2002. Our young herd sire managed to hook his horns on a barbed wire fence while trying to go under it. After what must have been a long, and unsuccessful, fight with the fence, Enhancer (the buck) finally gave up. We don’t know how long he laid on the ground; but when we went down to check on the goats around 10 p.m., he was firmly caught with a leaf frozen in his mouth. We carried him to the barn and called the vet. Enhancer spent 10 days at the Animal Clinic. He had suffered from hypothermia which left him with a swollen brain. We reluctantly consented to pull the life support plug. Unfortunately, we had collected no straws of semen on Enhancer I. When the six does he had bred started kidding, we realized what a truly great boer goat buck we had lost.

When Robert Spencer of Alabama A&M University’s Small Farms Research Center told us he was arranging a buck collection and AI seminar for the fall, we jumped at the opportunity to participate and have our two herd sires, Enhancer II and Hercules, collected. Early Veteran’s Day morning we loaded the bucks into the trailer and drove toward Fayetteville, TN.

The first teaser doe didn’t want to participate in the exercise and refused to tease the bucks by wagging her tail, she was not in standing heat. A second doe was put on the stand in a head-catcher and seemed a little more interested in male companionship. But the first buck to be collected really wasn’t interested in her! Hercules was brought to the scene to provide competition to the other buck. Hercules’ whoop-whoop love chatter did the trick, and the first buck, owned by Jimmy and Jenna Martin of Cornersville, TN, was successfully collected.

Hercules waiting
Hercules Being Collected

Next was Hercules’ turn. Yes!! (The yes is from Hercules’ point of view. We often think an 8 month old buckling and an 18 year old boy both have the same thing on their minds.) Hercules wasted no time performing for the crowd watching this process. The first try was good (approximately 27 straws), but we decided to give Hercules one more chance.

Weatherman and the unnamed Doe

Weatherman, a large buck owned by Rudy and Lee Caudill of Section, AL, was the next buck to be collected.

Finally it was Enhancer II’s turn. After a few seconds worth of love-talk to the doe (whose name he never bothered to learn), Enhancer II performed on cue. After Geoff and Nancy checked the semen for viability and density, Enhancer II got his second chance. (All of the bucks were collected twice.)

Enhancer Getting Ready
Enhancer Being Collected

At the end of the collection process, Hercules had produced 41 straws with an 85% post thaw rate. Enhancer II had 48 straws with a 80% post thaw. According to Nancy Masterman, they start with 150,000,000 sperm; therefore, an 80% post thaw would assure 120,000,000 viable sperm per straw. The industry “standard” considers 60,000,000 sperm to be required to fertilize an egg.

We were extremely pleased by the behavior of our bucks. We now have 89 straws of semen in the Spencers’ nitrogen tank. Some straws may be for sale soon. Some straws we will use ourselves to perfect our skill at AI.

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Ken and Pat Motes
Clear Creek Farms
33 South Clear Creek Road
Fall River, Tennessee 38468
Phone: (931) 852-2167
Fax: (931) 852-2168

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