Kidding Log: Day 2

| 1/10/2012 8:05:08 PM

Tags: Toluma Farms, boer kids, boer goat, local food, Callie Murphy,

Well my clothes are a little stiff with birthing fluid today ... picking up slimy newborns and moving them into freshen pens with the mothers never promised to be a tidy job. As of right now 4 does have kidded today, three sets of twins and a set of adorable half-Boer triplets:

Mom Melissa with her 3 half-Boer babies

So far this season we have had twice as many male kids as female ... which leaves us feeling a little unimpressed with our buck Lars. When you are trying to build a herd of goats (or a flock of sheep), genetics are incredibly important. We need to retain females from our best does to breed and milk in the future in order to build a good business. But if none of our best does have females ... that is a major problem. 

But our best does have yet to kid this season. And some of these males we can raise and sell as meat goats.  Also, if you are interested in having a goat eat blackberries in your backyard, many of these cuties are for sale; leave me a comment if you are interested.

1/15/2012 4:55:00 PM

Callie, it was very interesting to read your comment about your male/female kid ratio. Our winter kidding season is drawing to a close and we are at about 75% bucklings and 25% doelings! And, in previous breedings, our buck has typically thrown pretty close to a 50/50 gender ratio. Very odd. And yes, frustrating - we also were counting on retaining doelings from these kiddings.

1/14/2012 1:39:57 AM

Callie, sounds like you are in the thick of a baby boom. I hope your female ratio gets better with the best does. Who gets the night shift? I know for a fact that animals aren't just born in the day time. Have a great kidding day.

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