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What is the gestation length for an angora goat?
How many does can one buck handle?
Gestation is 145-150 days. Angoras breed seasonally, usually from August to January. Does are induced into estrus by the presence of a buck and cycle every 19-21 days until pregnant.
A full grown buck in good condition can handle between 20 and 45 does, a kid buck will handle substantially fewer, probably no more than 10.
How do I prepare my herd for breeding?
Shear them and delouse and begin increasing their plane of nutrition several weeks in advance of breeding (called flushing). It is especially important that the buck is shorn particularly if it is hot. A shorn billy will be a more vigorous breeder and settle more does on the first attempt. It is also a good idea to worm and trim hooves a few weeks before breeding.
How common are twin births?
In some herds, twins are very common, in others, not very common at all. The biggest factor influencing multiple births is pre-breeding nutrition. Flushing does before breeding will help increase multiple births.
Is it safe to breed a kid doe?
Generally, nannies need to weigh 60 pounds to breed, which usually means they are bred as yearlings. However, if your kids are growing well there is no reason to avoid breeding a young doe.
Do angoras have trouble kidding?
Very rarely. Occasionally, a large kid or multiple kids will have difficulty navigating the birth canal and will need to be pulled, but usually they are born with no troubles.
I read something about angoras abandoning their kids. Have you found this to be a problem? Are kids not bottle-raised as with other goat breeds?
Only orphans, extras (i.e. the third of a set of triplets) etc. are bottle raised, otherwise mom does the work and nurses them for the 3 or 4 months until weaning. The key factor to a nanny abandoning her kid is health and nutrition...if you are starving a nanny she won't take the kid, but if you have her on a good health program and she is being fed well she will staunchly defend her babies.
Split scrotums and irregular horns:
A split between the testicles of more than 1/3 is considered a disqualifying fault. Highly heritable, split scrotums are undesirable because of possible links to split udders in does and the risk of burs and other material getting caught in the split and causing irritation. Some breeders however believe that bucks with a slight split are better breeders. Likewise, horn growth and shape is a highly heritable trait. Animals with irregular horns may not do as well at shows, or may be slightly devalued as breeding stock. However, it is wise to keep in mind, the "horns don't grow mohair" and not pass up an animal's breeding value based on a solitary trait.
Angora goats grow slowly. . .
most do not reach their full body size until two years of age. For this reason, most does are bred for the first time as yearlings.
Must Have Kidding Supplies:
Baby Goat Coats - save those old socks!
· o.b. lube
· paper towels
· uterine boluses
· goat or lamb milk
· Pritchard teats
· weak lamb tuber
Old socks make great baby goat coats, simply cut off the toe and cut arm holes and voila, instant baby Angora Goat wear! In cold climates, keeping a sock coat on newborns for 2-3 days will help them minimize heat loss and get off to a running start.