11 Tips for a Successful Goat Kidding Season

| 4/1/2016 11:11:00 AM

Tags: raising livestock, goats, dairy goats, kidding, baby animals, Julia Shewchuk, Florida,

Here at Serenity Acres Farm we take special care to ensure a happy and healthy kidding season since nothing is as heart breaking as losing a mama goat or baby goat during or after the birthing process and we certainly don’t want or need the additional stress and expense of having to dash off to the emergency clinic with a sick and pregnant goat. Here are 11 tips to give you the best chance for a great kidding season based on our experience. But when in doubt, always consult your vet! He’s the expert.

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1. Kidding Season starts the year before at breeding. Match up the same size buck and doe. Don’t breed a mini doe with a regular size buck. You will have a big baby in a small doe. It is not worth the risk.

2. Your does should be in good condition, not too skinny and not too fat. For the first three months we feed mostly grass hay free choice with a bit of perennial peanut or alfalfa thrown in and a cup of grain morning and evening. In the fourth month we up the grain to two cups morning and evening and increase the perennial peanut/alfalfa hay to keep the calcium: phosphorus ratio at a minimum of 2.5 to 1. In the fifth month we keep the grain the same if the doe is in good shape but increase the peanut hay considerably to furnish the doe with as much calcium as she needs to help in the final growth phase of the fetus.

3. Feed Kelp mixed in with the minerals if you are in a selenium deficient area. This will minimize the incidents of bent legs and white muscle disease in kids. Here at Serenity Acres we add kelp to the minerals from October through March. Our main kidding season here in North Florida runs from December through April.  We aim on feeding the kelp through the entire pregnancy and birth. We also give Vitamin E/Selenium gel every 30 days for the last three months.

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