Breeding Season Preparation

You will need to make sure that your does are ready for the breeding season by worming them, trimming hooves and vaccinating them.

Prepare for breeding season by trimming feet, deworming and vaccinating.

Prepare for breeding season by trimming feet, deworming and vaccinating.

Vaccinations should be done before the start of breeding season and then again 4 to 6 weeks before the first expected kidding date. If you are planning to give your does one booster vaccination, it's best to wait until 4 to 6 weeks before kidding. The vaccination before kidding will allow some immunity to be passed to the newborn kid. Most producers use Clostridium Perfringens Types C & D + Tetanus toxoid vaccine. This vaccine is marketed by a variety of companies and each company calls the vaccine something different. One common brand name is Bar Vac CD/T. This particular vaccine sells for about $8.00 for a 50 ml bottle. This 50 ml bottle will give you 25/2 cc doses of vaccine. This vaccine is a fairly inexpensive way to provide protection for your herd.

Feet should be trimmed on the nannies as well as the buck before breeding season. Check for any sores or infections in the feet and legs. Nannies with sore feet may not stand for a buck or may get pushed away from feed at a critical time. Goats should also be wormed before they are bred. Nannies with a high worm load will not gain the weight necessary to make the flushing process effective. Goats should be wormed before the flushing begins.