Content tagged "goat reproduction"

Goat Reproduction Puberty and Sexual Maturity

Goats Updated: November 16, 2015

 The male goat is called a “buck” or “billy.” If he is castrated, he is called a "wether." Male goats up to 12 months of age are sometimes referred to as...

Vitamin E

Goats Updated: November 10, 2015

   Vitamin E deficiency causes nutritional muscular dystrophy,or white muscle disease. This usually occurs when feeding silage or old hay. Signs include...

Vitamin A

Goats Updated: November 10, 2015

   Signs of vitamin A deficiency include poor appetite, weight loss, unthrifty appearance with a poor hair coat, night blindness and a thick nasal...

Goat Reproduction Parturition/Kidding

Goats Updated: October 31, 2015

Preparing For KiddingKidding may occur on pasture, or you may need to provide does with a clean, dry, well-ventilated shelter, depending on the weather in...

Goat Reproduction Lactation

Goats Updated: June 18, 2014

Lactation is a period of milk production. The organ that produces the milk is the mammary gland. In her udder, a doe typically has 2 glands (one in each half...

Estrous Synchronization Prostaglandin

Goats Updated: August 21, 2013

This hormone is naturally secreted from the non-pregnant uterus of the goat during the estrous cycle. It lyses (destroys) the corpus luteum so the cycle can...

Goat Reproductive Failure Psychological Factors

Goats Updated: August 21, 2013

Regardless of the source of the stress, if an animal is under stress at a critical time, stress hormones including adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) and...

Goat Reproductive Failure Toxicological Factors

Goats Updated: August 21, 2013

When feeds get wet/damp, molds can grow and produce toxins, or mycotoxins, that can lead to reproductive problems and failure. Aspergillus, Fusarium and...

Estrous Synchronization Artificial Lighting and Melatonin

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

Photo of kid nursing Because the length of the day determines breeding in goats, light treatment to alter this photoperiod response is a well-known method to...

Estrous Synchronization Progestagen Use

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

Progestagens are reproductive hormones like ones that are used in birth control for women. Progestagens are a form of the natural progesterone produced in...

Goat Reproduction Mating Systems

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

In most areas of the U.S., goats are mated once yearly in the fall, during their natural mating season, for spring kidding. Animals bred at this time are...

Goat Reproduction Preparing for the Breeding Season

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

Below are some suggested management practices:Doe Management1.) Provide additional feed to does and ewes one to two months prior to the breeding season....

Goat Reproduction Selection Genetic Animal Evaluation EPDs

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

Although genetic-evaluation programs are new to the goat industry, producers have used information from these types of programs for many years to make...

Goat Reproduction Selection Breeding and Performance Records

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

Keeping records can provide valuable information about how the animal has performed over its productive life. Keeping records can help producers meet their...

Goat Reproduction Selection Visual Appraisal

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

A replacement doe should exhibit a feminine head and a feminine wedge appearance to the body with a long elegant  neck for a dairy doe (medium in length for...

Goat Reproduction Gestation

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

The average length of pregnancy in goats is 150 days, or five months. During early pregnancy, embryonic losses are usually 20 to 30 percent higher than in...

Goat Reproduction Selection

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

Selecting goats for breeding is important. The producer must identify the most desirable traits that their breeding stock will pass on to their offspring....

Anatomy Male Anatomy

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

 The male reproductive tract consists of the scrotum, testis, epididymis, vas deferens, accessory glands and penis. In addition to surrounding and protecting...

Anatomy Female Anatomy

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

The female reproductive tract is made up of the ovaries, oviduct (fallopian tube), uterus, cervix, vagina and vulva. The ovaries produces the eggs and the...

Goat Reproduction Anatomy

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

Understanding estrous cycles, mating, pregnancy and birth is important in managing animals for high reproductive rates. However, in order to understand these...

Goat Reproduction Reproductive Biology

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

The increased demand for goat meat, especially in the United States, could possibly be met in part through improving reproductive efficiency in our...

Goat Reproduction Reproductive Techniques

Goats Updated: May 23, 2013

Artificial InseminationPlacing semen from the male into the female is called artificial insemination, or AI. Usually, for the females to bred by AI, the...

Goat Reproduction Reproductive Failure

Goats Updated: May 23, 2013

Reproductive failure can be defined as either sterility or infertility. Sterility occurs when there is a permanent problem preventing kid production, while...

Out-of-Season Breeding Artificial Lighting and Melatonin

Goats Updated: February 20, 2013

Light treatment to alter photoperiod response is a well-known synchronization and/or induction method for out-of-season breeding in the dairy goat industry....

Out-of-Season Breeding Progestagen Use

Goats Updated: February 20, 2013

 Various forms of progestagen with different routes of administration have been used to extend the lifespan of the corpus luteum for synchronization in both...

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