Acquired: Bred animal myself
Posted Sep 30, 2012
Goats especially the mixed breed that we own can heat as young as 4 months old. My son is annoyed to pasture out our goats in the morning for it causes him to be late at school. But his father makes him do the pasturing in the morning to teach him responsibility.
When goats’ heat they make some sound that is a cross between a cry and a snort; I can’t describe exactly how it sounds. And this annoys my son too much. He murmurs while tending the goats that “you are in heat yet you still suck your mama goat’s tits for milk.” You cannot control the goat’s stubbornness when they are in heat. In fact our female goat broke out of its tethering rope to go gallivanting to the dairy farm for the male breeder. When our goats heat my son go to school later than usual.
He sports bruises after being drag out by the male goat chasing after a female goat that is currently in heat. Mixed Boer goats and native Philippine goats have a high tolerance of in breeding up to third generations. Meaning the off spring of a male buck with the same female can still have the high tolerance of the mixed breed genes as its mother and father. And the father can breed the offspring and still produced high genes young. But the offspring of the third generation if still fathered by the same male will have only 25% of survival capacity. They are already weak even yet unborn. You may jeopardize your female’s health if you continue to breed up to third generation of mixed Boer and native Philippine goat. One of our females gave birth to a still born baby goat and also died as a result.
You need also to space out breeding the female goat. You have to separate the male form the female and allow the female to breed only after 6 months from weaning its young. Too short intervals between breeding and weaning will also weaken the mother goat. You can have a safe margin of error when you let them breed after six months from weaning. You need to get a new buck if your female goat is already the third generation offspring of your male buck.