Reproductive efficiency impacts pregnancy rates, kidding/lambing frequency and number of offspring available for market each year. To enhance reproductive performance, consider breed, selection, nutrition and health, and understand basic female and male reproduction. Proper ration formulation and feeding promotes reproductive function and leads to more offspring. Selecting the highest performing females while culling unproductive does increases reproductive rates. Diseases affect the reproduction and survival of kids, so adopting disease prevention strategies including routine vaccinations and deworming protocols that promote good herd health is necessary. Understanding male and female reproduction are critical in managing puberty, minimizing the effects of seasonality on reproduction, and using advanced reproductive techniques for genetic improvement. All breeding males should be evaluated by conducting a standard breeding soundness exam that also evaluates libido/sex drive. In considering these factors, enhanced reproductive performance can be achieved; thus, optimizing production and promoting profitability.
Keywords: Reproductive Performance, Reproduction, Kidding, Puberty, Goat Herd
O'Brien, Dahlia and Wildeus, Stephen
"Optimizing Reproductive Performance in the Goat Herd,"
Professional Agricultural Workers Journal:
Available at: https://tuspubs.tuskegee.edu/pawj/vol6/iss2/12