When you want to breed goats to sell or increase the size of the herd. You should know a few things about goat breeding. This includes when the goat females ( the doe) go in heat and how they behave. You do have to be careful with the goats and make sure they are well-fed and healthy. In northern climates, goats usually come into heat several times during the fall of the year. They start behaving differently –bleating constantly, flagging her tail and bucking when you run your hand over her rump. Milk production decreases during this period and her appetite may be decreased. Doe’s in heat usually want to stay near to a buck.
There are cases where does are in silent heat. There are few signs to let you know she is ready to breed. In this case, the best thing to do is to just let the doe run with the buck.
Kids can usually be bred in their first year when their weight reaches seventy pounds. They should have good flesh, but not fatty flesh. Fat goats have a harder time conceiving. Just to make sure, many breeders practice flushing a doe just before she is due to come in heat. This means feeding the goat nutritious foods that will reduce the fat. This practice helps the doe produce more eggs and be able to conceive right away.
If you do not own a buck, you may need to make arrangements with another breeder for the use of the buck. Some breeders have strict requirements before renting or lending their bucks, so you may need to have a health certificate from a vet stating that your doe is healthy. You can also board your doe at a breeding farm where experts can make sure the breeding is done properly.
After the doe has been bred with the buck, signs of conception usually appear about 18 to 25 days later. Ultrasounds and blood tests will tell you whether or not she is with kid. You can also wait for five months to see if she gives birth. Doe’s usually have twins, although single kids and triplets are not uncommon.