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Gunestone

  • Joined Jan 2017
Breeding age for GG's
« on: July 21, 2017, 07:49:23 pm »
We are planning on getting 2 goats for milk this autumn and had settled on Golden Guernseys.
If we got two kids, what age could we breed them at? Some people say 8 months for the larger breeds, does this include GG's?
Thanks!
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Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Breeding age for GG's
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2017, 08:27:53 pm »
Almost all small-scale and pedigree breeders will take their goatlings to the billy aged around 18 months to kid aged 2 for the first time. Kidding kids is sometimes done in commercial herd where the lifetime output is more important. Most goats will also put in a lot of growing in their 1st winter and if pregnant will need really careful feeding to make sure that both the dam and her growing kid(s) receive enough nutrition. Unless you are quite experienced it is not recommended to kid kids.

Gunestone

  • Joined Jan 2017
Re: Breeding age for GG's
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2017, 07:38:20 am »
Okay thank you for that Anke, I though it seemed very young to kid them, maybe we will try and get some older goats.

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Breeding age for GG's
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2017, 08:11:55 pm »
One of mine was accidentally kidded as a kid before I bought her.  She gave birth at 14 months and had no special care as they were unaware until she bagged up a few days in advance of dropping the kid.  Both mum and kid are fine and although she's slightly smaller than her similarly aged companion I don't think it's done her any harm.  I'm guessing you'd just be looking to kid one and use them alternate years?  If so, then you could rest her the following year to allow her to catch up if you wanted to go with this years kids... I'd also suggest if you're going that route then you wait until the very tail end of the breeding season to give her as long as possible growing before you kid her.  Yes you may miss the opportunity and she won't catch but then again in the great scheme of things, does one year matter?
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