Keeping the herd healthy requires managing their vaccinations. We give annual CD & T every year about 4 weeks from the kidding date of the does. In doing so, this helps to "super charge" the does colostrum for the kids.
BOSE is a selenium and vitamin e injectable that is a prescription medication. BOSE is given to the does just prior to kidding and helps not only to "super charge" the colostrum, it also helps provide kids with a boost.
Once we have given the does their annual boosters, we trim their hooves while we have them on the stand.
We check their FAMACHA score just because they are on the stand. We do not worm any of the does prior to kidding.
About 120 days before the does are to start kidding is when we begin preparing for the upcoming kidding season.
We begin with a though cleaning of the barn from top to bottom. We disinfect and sanitize the floors, walls, and all of the equipment.
We start checking the supplies and supplements to ensure all is in stock, fresh products (check expiration dates) and everything is well stocked. Completing an inventory well in advance helps spread the costs over a few months as well.
We make sure everything has fresh batteries, works when it is plugged in or will work when needed. We check stock on everything from disinfectant to towels - everything is checked well in advance. You can download our list here for kidding to see what we stock.
Both Dusty and Tea have been readying themselves for their big "dates" with their selected does for the kidding season.
The pungent aroma of bucks in rut while intriguing to the does, is quite stinky to people.
The does cycle about every 21 days. Our does make it easy to tell if they are in heat as they all bellow and call at the fence to the bucks.
This years breeding, we chose the pairing by reading a lot about genetics, their body conformation & studying the pedigrees of our goats.
We breed in mid to late December to avoid kidding during extreme weather.
As the does came into heat, we chose to put the buck and doe into a neutral pen for supervised breeding. We hoped to limit any injury to either the buck or doe and to have a better gauge on their due dates.
We will be scheduling the veterinarian to ultrasound each doe in about 60 days. At that time, we should be able to know how many kids we can expect this year.
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