for people who love the littlest dairy goats
If you want milk, you have to breed your goats to freshen yearly. In this class, we’ll talk about how to detect heat, pen breeding vs. hand breeding, nutritional requirements during pregnancy, signs of labor, and the birth process. A goat is due around the date of this class, so you may get some hands-on experience in checking tail ligaments, assessing udders in relation to kidding time, and seeing how the belly changes when a doe is close to kidding. You will see newborn kids and learn to determine if a kid is polled. We’ll talk about bottle-feeding vs. dam-raising kids and how to do each one. Castration, disbudding, and tattooing will also be covered. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and long, well-worn pants or jeans. Be forewarned that our goats are very friendly and may jump on you like a dog, and their feet are not always clean. This class is $38 per person or free for one person per family who is purchasing or has purchased a goat from Antiquity Oaks.
PRE-REQUISITE — You must either take Goats 101 or have read Raising Goats Naturally before taking this class.