Last night, our new buck arrived from Redwood Hill. Sugarcane is all white, and eighteen months old. That is prime breeding age, perfect for our premium group of 30 young goats. This group are the offspring of Elvis and Mick, our other males. The ladies were avoiding Sugarcane earlier this morning, because he's new, and frankly quite pungent, but tolerating him by lunchtime.

Romance, or just a ripe smell

Redwood Hill have the best breeding goats in the country, with detailed records of their lineage and the quality of the female relatives' milk. That is, we know all about Sugarcane's mother, and grandmother, and sisters, and can predict the volume and butterfat content of his daughters' milk. We tattoo their ears to identify them as Sugarcane babies, so that they will eventually breed with Elvis or Mick, who are also from Redwood Hill.

These males have grown up in a herd of bucks, making them tame and friendly but very happy to meet the girls! The breeders keep a chart of their breeding females coming into heat, and introduce one buck to each goat according to the ideal genetic outcome. We will aim to do the same in the future.

Bucks are most enthusiastic until about five years old, when they become less energetic. Older males are perfect for 4H breeding, or smaller herds.

See Sugarcane's babies in April!

We began breeding this year on 15th September. Gestation is 150 days, so we expect Valentine's Day babies! Just over half of Sugarcane's goats will mate with him this week, so their babies will arrive in April and May.


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