The Goat Barn: Basic Kidding

The Goat Barn: Basic Kidding
By Cheryl K. Smith One of the best parts of raising a small herd of goats for dairy or meat is the kids. Having kids around is fun and never fails to bring smiles and laughter. Goats are normally bred in the fall and winter, and have their kids in the spring and early summer. While goat owners who have never had a goat give birth may be worried about getting them through the process safely, the reality is that with proper nutrition and care, the process usually goes smoothly — as nature intended. Knowing what to do when a problem occurs is essential, but don’t anticipate problems. As the saying goes, “Expect the best, but prepare for the worst.” This article will provide an overview of what to look for in labor and how to recognize and deal with common problems that may occur. The gestation period for a goat is 150 days. Some does may give birth as early as 145 days and some as late as 155 days. To be

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