Goats: Love is in the Air?

| 10/23/2012 12:46:07 PM

Tags: goats, breeding, bucks, does, autumn, hybrid vitor, angoras, Janice Spaulding,

It’s that time of year again! The very distinct smell of “eau du buck” is in the air at nearly every goat farm. Bet you think I’m going to tell you all about breeding your goats?  Well, I am, but not in the traditional way. I’m also going to tell you a story or two about breeding that most folks don’t even realize! 


When the bucks go into rut, everyone thinks “oh, I’ll just put the buck in with the doe’s, they will all get bred, and I’ll be all set”.  It doesn’t always work like that!  Did you know that some girls don’t like certain bucks and some bucks won’t have anything to do with some girls? 

So here is my first story: a few years ago our dairy girls needed to be bred, however, we had already decided that we would use one of our meat bucks to breed them. The result would be some fast growing meat kids…gotta love that hybrid vigor (fast growth) caused by cross breeding!  

The appropriate time rolled around and we brought one of our big meaty boys up to the dairy goat barn and wished him well. I might say right here, that he was one happy dude. Some of the girls? Not so much! After two breeding cycles we still had three girls that were still going into heat, but wouldn’t let this beautiful boy anywhere near them. Back to the boys barn he went. We figured we would just do some hand breeding (putting the selected buck and doe together in a pen with no interference) and brought those three girls down to another one of the boys when they were in standing heat. One girl, ended up bred, but the other two would absolutely, not have anything to do with any of our meat bucks! So, they got the year off which didn’t make either myself or my husband very happy. 

Now another anecdote about some very fussy bucks; this incident took place around twenty years ago, but we are still laughing about it.  We always share it at Goat School because it really is a funny story! 

zhai whirlston
10/24/2012 6:06:06 AM

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