Mating /Pregnancy /Kidding
 


Kids get badly tangled or strangled in Horse Feed Net bags.          A goat was found dead with its back leg stuck in its own horns.          Goats get trapped in Fences, under self feeders and logs.          A goat got stuck by putting its head through a hinge joint fence, around the star post and back in the hinge joint
 

 
Mating
 

Boer Does are usually not mated until they are around 1 year. However well grown young does can be mated from about 7 Months with the kids being born at 1 Year. It is important that young does continue to grow at this time so adequate food must be made available. Most breeders in New South Wales would join their goats in Autumn to provide kids in spring. Kids born at this time have a high growth rate.

Boer Bucks will mate at most times of the year, however the "rut" period, when bucks display sexual behavior patterns like self-urination & give off a strong buck odor, is from January to May. The Bucks performance can be influenced by such things as age, plane of nutrition, the temperature and his general state of health

 
 
Pregnancy
 

The average gestation period for the Boer goat is 150 days but this can vary by 5 days or so either way. The kids grow more rapidly in the last six weeks of pregnancy so it is important that plenty of good quality feed is available. Supplementary feed may be required and is recommended in order that maximum birth rates are achieved. The critical birth weight for survival is said to be 2.2kgs. We have been achieving birth weights of 3.8 to 5+kgs. It is most important that the doe is not stressed at this time so breeders should avoid trucking, harsh handling, overcrowding or poor nutrition. Severe stress could result in abortion.

 

 

 
Kidding
 

Does should kid within 30 minutes of the first signs of labor. Mature does usually get on with it and surprise you with happy suckling kids before you new kidding was due. Maiden does however can have problems and we have had to assist some does  in the end but usually like them to have as little interference as possible.
 

Most Does are excellent Mothers; always staying near their kids

 

There is a natural bonding between doe and kids but with twins and triplets or more this can be negated if attacked from foxes, wild dogs and other predators. A program to control predators should be in place before during and after kidding to reduce losses. We have not had any losses to predators in our 4.5 years breeding Boers( there are plenty around who have taken neighbours sheep). We bait for foxes in advance of kidding, bring the mothers close to home and estimate birth dates so as to be able to have secure areas for kidding. Electric fencing is also beneficial.

Newly born kids need to get that first feed as soon as possible after birth. Kids receive antibodies via the colostrum in the mothers milk at this early stage.   

 

We have had problems with crows at kidding time so we have added Snowy, our puppy Maremma, to the herd hoping by next year he will give our Boers some extra protection from all predators.