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Gestation Table
by Gary Pfalzbot
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Gestation Table
Based on average gestation period of 150 days. Most goats follow a schedule of an average of 150 days. Pygmy goats seem to be the exception with reports of 155 days. The table below follows the average and indicates the date to expect kidding, and the date for which they would be considered marketable. Please note, some breeders consider kid goats marketable at 8 weeks of age, but it is of this authors opinion that 12 weeks is a better age for weaning kids. By 12 weeks, a kid goat has had a good solid diet and will do much better than the kid weaned at 8 weeks.

BRED BIRTH* MARKET (3 months of age)
July December (-3) March
August January (-3) April
September February (-3) May
October March (-1) June
November April (-1) July
December May (-1) August
January June (-1) September
February July (-0) October
March August (-3) November
April September (-3) December
May October (-3) January
June November (-3) February
* To determine day due to birth, take bred day and subtract the number listed after the month in the middle column from the day she was bred. This will give you the day due in the month listed as the birth month. For example, if bred July 10th, the doe would be due to birth December 7th and the kids would be three months old on the appropriate day of the month listed in the "Market" column. If bred November 20th, she would be due to birth on April 19th, ect.

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About the author: Gary Pfalzbot is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran and the web master of GoatWorld as well as some other web sites. He has raised goats over the years, been involved with 4-H (as a young boy) and currently resides in Colorado where he and his wife Pam raise a few breeds of goats and other animals, and primarily author the GoatWorld web site to continue to inform, educate, and promote the industry.


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