Lessons Learned from a Challenging Goat Kidding Season

| 9/14/2015 10:01:00 AM

Tags: goats, raising livestock, Maggie Bonham, Montana,


This year was hell. No matter what I did, I was losing goat kids at an alarming rate. Here’s what happened and what I learned from the experience.

A Healthy Herd

I have a healthy herd. Everyone is physically sound and disease free. We have our occasional bouts of parasites, but that’s normal for goats and we treat them when the loads look a little too high.

I had planned on a late spring kidding for everyone. The idea behind this was to have the babies come out when the weather was decent enough so I didn’t have to worry about the cold. We had two babies born in the fall/winter, mostly accidents, and they were in good condition.

The Kiddings

First kidding was out of Belle, my best milker. She gave me two doelings: Cinnamon and Nutmeg, late February. That was the earliest I was willing to have them have kids. Cinnamon and Nutmeg became bottle babies because Belle never allows her kids to nurse.

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