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Stud Service Agreement

We here at Hames & Axle Farm agree to let our buck goats stand for stud service under certain circumstances. Some of these are:

-All does come from healthy herds, and are free of visible disease.
-All does must either come from Hames & Axle Farm, or other herds known to be clean by the farmers at HAF.
-All breeding is done at our property in a "driveway style," rather than pen breeding. We do NOT have the ability to board does for breeding purposes.
-The appropriate stud fee be paid prior to the breeding. Stud fee amounts will vary based upon the age, lineage and winning record or championship status of the buck,
or his offspring.
-In order to promote improvement within the breeding of Nigerians, we reserve the right to provide "doe only service memos,**" in some cases.

As part of the Stud Service Hames & Axle Farm agree:
-That all our service bucks are registered with American Goat Society.
-That all of our Senior bucks have undergone and passed a CAE test, and that all the dams of our Junior Bucks have undergone and passed a CAE test.
-That all bucks used for stud service are healthy and free from genetic faults, such as spur teats, multiple orifices or other major disqualification.
-That repeat breedings will be available in the case of a doe that has not "settled," following previous breedings, up to the point of one year.
-In the event that after a doe has not settled after one year, all money will be refunded.
-All efforts will be made by the doe's owners to certify that she is able to conceive. These include observations of heat, Lutelyse, blood work, or other diagnostic tools available to the veterinarian. Hames & Axle Farm will have semen tests done on any buck that has failed to successfully breed any doe, and that until the results of that test are known, his service will be withheld.

The doe's owner is responsible for reporting any subsequent heats, following the breeding, to confirm pregnancy, or to refute it. We also ask, though do not demand, to be notified of all offspring's color, numbers and sex, for our records. We would also like to be informed of any wins of any kids, or descendants from this breeding. We encourage people to particiate in NDGenes.com, a new ND database being created by Hames & Axle Farm.

We cannot guarantee size, color or sex of any offspring, but will honestly reveal any issues that may have arisen in the production from that buck's line, ie. oversize, spur teats, etc.

It is our hope that providing Stud Service from Hames & Axle Farm will build a stronger Nigerian dwarf community and breed. We aspire to be good stewards of the species and the breed, and to assist anyone involved in the breed anyway possible. To that end, we reserve the right to give "doe only memos," on breedings to females that are brood stock quality.***

Date:___________Signature:______________________________________

Patricia G. Stewart, Hames & Axle Farm, Ashburnham, MA 01430