Goat Kidding Tips – And an Idea for Timing Births That Works No Matter What You Raise

Back in 1998, when I was two years into my research project looking at the best ways to manage goats to build firebreaks and manage vegetation, a fellow Utah State University researcher gave me 35 does because he was done with his own research. To my project partner and I it seemed like the next natural step was to grow our herd even more. We had a nice barn for kidding, and figured that if the babies were born in February, they'd be big enough to head to the field with their moms when grazing season came around. So that fall we bought a Boer buck at the Utah State Fair to breed to our does. He was chosen for his affordable price, and for his long legs and heavy body which we hoped would give us long-legged, fat, brush eaters. When we started, this is what we knew about where kids come from: • The buck breeds the doe. • The doe is pregnant for around 150 days. • When it's time, the doe goes into labor, a baby kid pops out and the doe takes care of it. Ta Da! The good news is that in most cases, that's really all you need to know. Goats have been successfully doing it for years without us, and there's a good chance that they'll keep on doing it. But since this group was technically under my care, I felt like maybe I needed to know a little more.  So here are some things I learned that you might appreciate as well. How do you know if a doe is pregnant? [caption id="att

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