Breeding the goats every year or two is part of keeping backyard dairy goats. Once you’ve mastered basic goat care, it’s time to start thinking about breeding them. We had a couple bucks spend a few weeks at our place and we also took the girls out for “dates.” Bucks can be very smelly, so they aren’t good fits for tiny homesteads. You can find a buck to service you does through networking or through sites like craigslist. Make sure your does are up to date on their disease testing and ask for the results for the buck you are thinking about using. Here is a video on how to do blood draws and where to get the supplies from Tiramar Homestead. Also ask ahead of time about registration, pedigrees, and whether or not you will be needing a service memo for the breeding.
We had a few times when I had hoped my does would be pregnant and then didn’t take. One goat had a pattern of going into false heat. Once we knew she was likely to do that it was easier to plan around and make sure we could get her back with a buck. Our other goat even made an udder when she wasn’t even pregnant. I didn’t realize at the time that goats could be influenced by the hormones of their herdmates!
How do you know if your goat breeding was successful?