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Lesson 2: Reproduction

Market goat producers need to be concerned with body condition not only in the nannies but also in the herd bucks. Body condition can mean the difference between a good kidding season and a dismal season.

You can’t afford to skimp on the price of a billy. You want to get the best possible animal within a reasonable price range.

Just what is flushing your does? Flushing means increasing the level of feed offered to the breeding does, mostly in the form of energy, starting approximately one month prior to the introduction of the billy.

In the competitive world of market goats, good management cannot be stressed enough. A few does here or there not getting bred may not seem like an issue, but keep in mind that an open doe represents money spent without any return.

Watching the birth of kids is one of the most rewarding things about raising goats.