Goats/Pygmy goats

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at what age is to old to breed a pygmy goat ?

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HI Dianne;

If the goat is in good health - not fat  - not thin - eats well - not  been down with heavy wormload - no other physical or health issues,  good rule of thumb is once they hit the double digits (10yrs or older) time to retire them from kidding. Kidding takes a lot from a doe - and when they are already getting up there in age, it just cut's their life short in my opinion.. This would be with all goats  pygmys included. You may get away with one more kidding at 11 but honestly I would not push it.. now for less healthy  does, even retire them younger - it's never a good idea to breed any doe who is overly thin  (or  overly fat) on has not been a healthy doe -puts too much stress on the body.

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Specializing in New Goat Owner understanding of goat physiology, goat anatomy, goat care and herd management. *I am not a veterinarian, any advice and information should be verified by your veterinarian before administering to your goats. (! During times of severe weather in the Midwest, I may experience a delay in internet service due to the interference of the satellite reception - but will answer your questions as soon as service is restored. !) Note: Keep in mind, the goat expert is volunteering her time to help other goat owners, she also runs her farm with her own herd of 100 goats and may not be at her computer at all hours. Questions are answered as soon as she can possibly read and answer them, usually within 24 hours.

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23 years experience of raising goats and herd management. Active hands on experience with goat herd and research with various Caprine University Research and Extension Centers nationwide. 15 years dedicated to helping other goat breeders/owners with goat anatomy, goat disease and goat health care issues via phone, published goat care articles and internet interaction. The information I have to offer is not only from personal experience and years of research updated often as new information is made available to me, but supported by many Veterinary Research colleges and all medications and information I have to offer on how the medications work and what dosages "I" use, is information I have acquired by discussing directly with the company's veterinarians and staff research experts.

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Graduate Programs in Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University

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