Breeding Age

Production managers need to be sure they do not breed does at too young an age.

Young does should weigh 70% to 75% of their mature weight before breeding.

Young does should weigh 70% to 75% of their mature weight before breeding.

There are two schools of thought on this subject. There are those who will breed a female goat as soon as she is 7 to 10 months old, regardless of size and weight. A better practice is to use the mature estimated body weight as a guide when deciding to breed. A doe kid should be at 70 to 75% of her mature weight before breeding. In other words if you expect a doe to mature at 100 pounds you could breed her if she weighed between 70 and 75 pounds. Small doe kids tend to be less productive and they will never reach their potential weight if bred too early.