Signs of Goat Heat

Breeds that cycle year-round include fainting goats, Kinder, Boer, Kiko, Nigerian Dwarf, Spanish, Pygmy, and sometimes Nubian goats. Alpine breeds experience heat cycles about mid-summer until the end of the year. Seasonal breeders include Alpine, LaMancha, Oberhasli, Saanen, and Toggenburg goats. Angoras are also seasonal.

Estrus lasts for 2 to 3 days, starting gradually, reaching a peak, and then tapering off. During the peak, known as standing heat, a doe is receptive to a buck’s attention and can become pregnant. The time between the start of one estrus and the start of the next is called the estrus cycle. Different does have different estrus cycles that can range from 17-25 days, with 19 days being typical.

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