Pregnant Doe

Keep a record of the date you bred your dairy goat. The average gestation period is 150 days, so mark that date on your calendar as the due date. The birth can take place approximately one week before or after the due date, so mark your calendar to start checking up on her a lot about one week before the due date to see if she has any signs of imminent birthing.

Pregnant does need good nutrition. Give your pregnant doe one flake of alfalfa each day. A flake is one square of the alfalfa bale. Each morning give her 2 cups of concentrate (grain), and make sure you let her have goat minerals, kelp, a little baking soda, access to a salt block or loose salt, and fresh water each day. If she is being milked, you can continue to milk her until about two months before her due date. At that time, slowly decrease her grain at each milking, and slowly dry her up by milking her a little less at each milking so that during the huge growth spurt of the kid(s) inside her during the last trimester, they will get lots of nutrition. Drying her up slowly should be done to prevent mastitis. Mark on your calendar the following important things to do:

4-6 weeks before she is due, start feeding her the concentrate twice a day, and slowly increase the grain each day until she is up to 6 cups per day by the time of her due date.

Deworm her 2 to 3 weeks before she kids. DON'T USE VALBAZEN SINCE IT CAN CAUSE AN ABORTION. Research all dewormers you are considering giving her to make sure they are safe during pregnancy. Ivermectin is a good choice. Look on the instructions on the dewormer to see how much to give your goat. If you don't have a scale, you can use a goat measuring tape to get an estimate of how much she weighs.

If you live in an area where there is a selenium deficiency, two weeks before the due date give her a 2 cc BoSe (selenium) shot. (Her last one should have been at least before she was bred.)

One month before she is due, give her 2cc of CDT.

One week before the birth, shave her udder.

One month before the birthing, thoroughly clean the barn.

Continue to trim her hooves once a month on the milk stand.

Make sure she has access to fresh air every day, and keep her bedding covered with fresh straw daily.

As the date gets closer, check her often to see if she has physical signs of first stage labor.

 

 

“Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds.”  (Proverbs 27:23)

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