Goat aggression with ram

Discussion in 'Goats' started by elgordo, Sep 1, 2006.

  1. elgordo

    elgordo Well-Known Member

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    I have two La Mancha crosses (a wether and a young doe) in with my nine Katahdin ewes and a ram. My ram is young and is intimidated by the wether. Question: will I find that my ewes won't breed to my ram because my goat "breeds" them? He acts all goofy and jumps on them when they're in standing heat. Anyone else have this kind of issue? I didn't have a problem with my last ram because he outweighed the goat!
    (This is also posted on the sheep forum)
     
  2. ozark_jewels

    ozark_jewels Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yes, if he is very intimidated by the wether, he very likely will not get his job done. I would certainly consider separating them until all your ewes are bred......
     

  3. Freeholder

    Freeholder Well-Known Member

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    Also, your ram may breed your young doe, who WILL get pregnant, but will abort within a few weeks. It would be best to separate the two species at breeding time.

    Besides that, they have different mineral requirements. The goats NEED enough copper to kill the sheep. So for the sake of having them get the minerals they need, they should also be kept separated.

    Kathleen