Turnips! We prepared for kidding season by planting winter forages and the does thrived on fresh greens, from chicory to turnips to rye grass. I love to watch goats eat, as they pick and sort through the plants. We had not planted turnips before but they seem to be quite popular. We had a huge … Continue reading Kids are here!
On December 4, it will be 150 days since the does were put with a buck. Some does kid a couple of days early, so we are now officially on baby goat watch!! Kids from the first round of breeding could come as late as January 11, but we figure most will come by the … Continue reading Ready for Kids!
The number 30 figures a lot in breeding goats. First, a goat pregnancy is 150 days long. Kids are typically weighed every 30 days and weaned at 90 . For the past two years, the bucks have stayed with their does for 30 days for breeding. Many breeders leave bucks in for 45 days, but … Continue reading Thirty Days before Kidding!!
Kidding season is one of the most exciting, mysterious, and worrying times of the year for a goat rancher. The pregnant does seems to transform overnight from plump, mischievous nymphs into swollen, waddling matrons. And there are so many unknowns! Like most mammals, does are most vulnerable during and after the birth process. Mechanics in … Continue reading Kidding season underway!
This year, we had an extra long kidding season. I really prefer to kid in December, January and February. This year, we bought a trailer load of goats in September and quarantined them for a month before we let Ozymandias introduce himself. Ergo, late mid-March to mid-April kids. Today, MJI Dakota finally gave us a … Continue reading No longer kidding
Long ago (well it seems that way!), I wrote a blog for a couple of years when we first got started with goats and were building the Barndo. Then life happened and I couldn't didn't make time to blog. I will be moving over the old blog as I have time, but if you are … Continue reading Old Blog