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Buying a dairy goat: Benefits of a young doe

 

Benefits of buying a young doe instead of an in-calf or adult dairy goat. Most dairy goat farmers, especially beginners go for in-calf goats.

Benefits of buying a young doe instead of an in-calf or adult dairy goat

Most dairy goat farmers, especially beginners go for in-calf goats or mature dairy goats. This is not bad but not advisable.

The best goat is a young one (kid) who has just stopped breastfeeding up to the time it's due for service.

Benefits of buying a young doe instead of in-calf

  1. A young goat will grow and adapt to the new home environment before she is served. For an already in-calf goat, it will be tough to adjust and carry the pregnancy. Some farmers will attest that some goats end up miscarrying.
  2. Young goats can be trained to set feeding patterns of the farm. When you buy a grown goat, sometimes they reject the main food on your farm. This will make them drop.
  3. Young goats will help you plan. You can personally prepare it for motherhood and plan for a specific time for her and the kids. 
  4. For young goats, you can build her genealogical history. If you buy an in-calf goat, will be doing guesswork. eg you might not be sure of the buck that was used. People have been sold goats served by local goat breeds.
  5. It's hard to trust people, especially where the money is needed. If you are sold a mature goat, some owners might be disposing of a goat with a medical problem or majorly lineage of very low producers.
  6. It's easier to know a healthy kid than a mature goat. 

When you are to buy an in-calf doe or a mature one, search the History thoroughly.

 Read also: Dairy Goat farming with Wambugu Farmer

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