Breeding questions--new to goats!

Discussion in 'Goats' started by Vicey, Jan 16, 2005.

  1. Vicey

    Vicey Member

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    Read that does come into seaseon in the fall of the year. How long into the year do they continue to cycle--January/February? Is it OK to breed late?

    Is it alright to breed a three year old for the first time?
     
  2. bumpus

    bumpus Well-Known Member

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    Goat usually bread when the cool weather comes in at the end of summer, and stop breading when hot weather comes in.
    Some will bread all year around.

    Go ahead and bread your three year old she is way over due.
    They will bread about 6 months old but it is better to wait until they are about a year old.
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  3. Lrose

    Lrose Well-Known Member

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    Our goats usually first come in heat by the end of August for about two days. Then they cycle every three weeks if not bred until Feb. or March. November seems they have a better heat period. Little kids we keep for breeding aren't bred until they are about 18 0r 19 months old. We like to let them get fully grown brfore breeding them. This lets them freshen as we call it at about two years of age. We had a six month old accidently bred one year. She had only one kid and it grew well but her growth was stunted and she never did get as big as she should have. We like our kids born by April at the latest. This gives kids that will butchered in the fall time to grow. We usually butcher the end of October or first week of November.