Now that the leaves have been cleared and the gardens have been winterized, one would think that we could settle in for a cozy winter on front of the fireplace. Actually, fall is when the all important breeding is set in motion on a goat dairy farm. It’s rut season.
This is the time of year when a buck spends most of his waking hours trying to entice a doe. He does this chiefly through the scent he emits by coating himself in a sticky urine substance. The girls love it! This incredibly strong odor is the reason why we will not have bucks on our farm, however that odor is needed to encourage the heat cycle in the doe. So how do we get this scent onto our farm?
The solution is a buck rag – a cloth that has been simply rubbed all over a buck in rut. Our friend Jess, from Healthy Herds, dropped one off a few weeks ago. Anyone visiting our farm would be well advised to stay from that smelly cloth hanging from the post. Even after a few weeks, the cloth still smells rank, and that musk will rub off onto you if you touch it.
Success! It has served its purpose; Gemma is in full heat this weekend. Hopefully, Thelma and Louise will follow her lead. This should set us up for breeding after Christmas … which means new kids in May!