Conclusions

Reproductive management is vital to a successful meat goat enterprise. Much of the profit to be realized depends on the frequency with which kids are produced, the number of kids that are born and their survival to weaning. A meat goat producer that understands and applies the information provided in this instructional module should be able to implement an effective reproductive management program.
Table 1: Reproductive characteristics of does and bucks

  Average Range
Doe:    
Cycle length (d)

   follicular phase (d)

   luteal phase (d)
20

4

17
17-24
-
-
Duration of estrus (hrs) 30 16-50
Ovulation after estrus (hrs) 33 30-36
Gestation length (d) 150 144-155
Litter size - 1-4
Buck:    
Daily testicular sperm production (billion) 6.0 4.8-7.2
Ejaculate volume (ml) 1.0 0.5-1.5
Ejaculate concentration (billion/ml) 3.0 1.5-5.0

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