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First time Momma

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Young Goats' started by nstone630, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. Jan 11, 2017
    nstone630

    nstone630 Loving the herd life

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    My luck is she's only 4 months along :barnie
    Her bag is HUGE. Looks like a punching bag. I now realize how tiny she truly was when I first started this thread....oh how much I've learned since then. Now if she would just kid already!! :fl
    I can tell she is dropping or already has, her belly is low...
    I'd say any day now...but geez, I'm in month 2 of "any day now". I just knew with goat code she would kid in the 0 degree snow we had over the weekend. Girl made it through that. She might as well just wait until it's 70 on Friday :lol: Oh how we love NC weather!!! LOL

    Thank you to everyone who has been hanging on with me!
     
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    BlessedWithGoats

    BlessedWithGoats True BYH Addict

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    samssimonsays

    samssimonsays Milo & Me Hoppy Tail Acres

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    TAH

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    When they come it will be perfect timing.
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    lcertuche

    lcertuche Overrun with beasties

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    :fl fingers crossed for you.
     
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    nstone630

    nstone630 Loving the herd life

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    Still just fat! :pop:fl

    BUT...I noticed a chart that was posted on lalabugs threat about udders. One picture caught my eye right away because it's just the way my doe looks right now. The one that says "Teats too bulbous". Now...should this be any concern? :hu:hu:caf
     
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    nstone630

    nstone630 Loving the herd life

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    So here are some updated pics of fatty. What do yall think about her teats?
     

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  8. Jan 13, 2017
    Southern by choice

    Southern by choice Herd Master

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    What are you asking?

    I swear she looks like she should be kidding!
     
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    Goat Whisperer

    Goat Whisperer True BYH Addict

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    I'm shocked she hasn't popped yet :ep

    On the teats, the chart you are looking at is for the "perfect" udder in the dairy goat world. That is what us dairy goat breeders breed for (among other things). Truth is, you will not have the perfect confirmation udder in meat goats. Meat goat breeders just want to make sure the udder is functional for the kids. This is why some bores have extra teats and most don't care. In the dairy goat world it's a terrible sin and is greatly avoided.

    So yes, your girl is weak in the attachments and her teats are bulbous. BUT it looks like she will have a good, functional, udder that will do its job :thumbsup Not "correct", but I've never seen a boer with a udder with the same udder a proper dairy goat would have. I wouldn't be terribly concerned because she is a meat goat breed. She can still feed her kids, and you can still milk her :)
     
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    Southern by choice

    Southern by choice Herd Master

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    The role of the udder DOES however make a difference LONG TERM! Poor udders will break down over time. When there is too high of medial and poor attachment over time you will have an udder pretty much split in two and dragging the ground. This opens the doe up for a higher probability of mastitis issues and the kids having a more difficult time nursing.

    Meat goat breeders that DO consider udders and work toward better udders will in the end have better stock, better ability to raise kids, and have longevity.
    This is why so many meat goat breeders have to force grain feed the kids very early to get weight on them and many Boers cannot successfully raise twins on their own.
    Also why so many want to cross in a Nubian or another dairy breed to help with the lactation issues.
     
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