Breeding Management programe for Sheep and Goats

Breeding management Program

Preparing for the Breeding Season Below are some suggested management practices:

 

Animal Period of Breeding Management Activities Optional Activities
Does and Ewes  

 

 

 

2-3 weeks prior to breeding

 

 

Breeding day

 

 

 

 

Mid Pregnancy

 

 

6 weeks pregnant

 

 

Lambing and Kidding

-flush (provide additional feeding)

-check for body condition scoring to monitor nutrition and health status

 

-deworm the does and ewes

-check and trim their hooves

-breed does and ewes of BCS between 3.0 and 4.0

 

-place bucks and ram for 42 days (approximately 2months)

-record breeding date and BCS

-continue monitoring BCS

 

-monitor for signs of abortion

-vaccinate

 

-Increase feeding ewes and does

 

-Be available to assist with lambing problems.

-Apply iodine to lambs’ navals.

-Strip ewes’ teats.

-Get lambs to nurse.

-Keep ewe and lambs in lambing kraals 1-3 days.

-Identify lambs.

-Provide creep ration.

-Observe ewes and lambs daily.

-Deworm ewes, dock lambs and castrate ram lambs.

-Separate ewes with singles from those with twins or triplets.

-Record all production and financial data

-check for signs of illness

-observe animals daily

-Try not to handle the animals over 3 months of pregnancy

-do not overstock your animals

-be on the reach during kidding and lambing

Bucks and Rams  

 

 

 

 

6-8 weeks prior to breeding

 

3 weeks prior to breeding season

-make sure the bucks and rams are in a separate kraal to provide rest prior to breeding season

-provide extra feed to increase BCS of 3.0 and below

 

-Have a breed soundness exam

 

 

-deworm the rams

-vaccinate

-check and trim hooves

-determine health and quality of the rams and bucks

-monitor nutrition of the animals

 

145 days gestation chart for sheep and Goats

 

145 Day Sheep Gestation Table
Date of
Service
Watch
for
Lambs
Date of
Service
Watch
for
Lambs
Date of
Service
Watch
for
Lambs
Date of
Service
Watch
for
Lambs
Date of
Service
Watch
for
Lambs
Date of
Service
Watch
for
Lambs
Date of
Service
Watch
for
Lambs
Jan. 1 May 26 Feb. 24 Jul. 19 Apr. 19 Sep. 11 Jun. 12 Nov. 4 Aug. 5 Dec. 28 Sep. 28 Feb. 20 Nov. 21 Apr. 15
Jan. 2 May 27 Feb. 25 Jul. 20 Apr. 20 Sep. 12 Jun. 13 Nov. 5 Aug. 6 Dec. 29 Sep. 29 Feb. 21 Nov. 22 Apr. 16
Jan. 3 May 28 Feb. 26 Jul. 21 Apr. 21 Sep. 13 Jun. 14 Nov. 6 Aug. 7 Dec. 30 Sep. 30 Feb. 22 Nov. 23 Apr. 17
Jan. 4 May 29 Feb. 27 Jul. 22 Apr. 22 Sep. 14 Jun. 15 Nov. 7 Aug. 8 Dec. 31 Oct. 01 Feb. 23 Nov. 24 Apr. 18
Jan. 5 May 30 Feb. 28 Jul. 23 Apr. 23 Sep. 15 Jun. 16 Nov. 8 Aug. 9 Jan. 1 Oct. 2 Feb. 24 Nov. 25 Apr. 19
Jan. 6 May 31 Mar. 1 Jul. 24 Apr. 24 Sep. 16 Jun. 17 Nov. 9 Aug. 10 Jan. 2 Oct. 3 Feb. 25 Nov. 26 Apr. 20
Jan. 7 Jun. 1 Mar. 2 Jul. 25 Apr. 25 Sep. 17 Jun. 18 Nov. 10 Aug. 11 Jan. 3 Oct. 4 Feb. 26 Nov. 27 Apr. 21
Jan. 8 Jun. 2 Mar. 3 Jul. 26 Apr. 26 Sep. 18 Jun. 19 Nov. 11 Aug. 12 Jan. 4 Oct. 5 Feb. 27 Nov. 28 Apr. 22
Jan. 9 Jun. 3 Mar. 4 Jul. 27 Apr. 27 Sep. 19 Jun. 20 Nov. 12 Aug. 13 Jan. 5 Oct. 6 Feb. 28 Nov. 29 Apr. 23
Jan. 10 Jun. 4 Mar. 5 Jul. 28 Apr. 28 Sep. 20 Jun. 21 Nov. 13 Aug. 14 Jan. 6 Oct. 7 Mar. 1 Nov. 30 Apr. 24
Jan. 11 Jun. 5 Mar. 6 Jul. 29 Apr. 29 Sep. 21 Jun. 22 Nov. 14 Aug. 15 Jan. 7 Oct. 8 Mar. 2 Dec. 1 Apr. 25
Jan. 12 Jun. 6 Mar. 7 Jul. 30 Apr. 30 Sep. 22 Jun. 23 Nov. 15 Aug. 16 Jan. 8 Oct. 9 Mar. 3 Dec. 2 Apr. 26
Jan. 13 Jun. 7 Mar. 8 Jul. 31 May 1 Sep. 23 Jun. 24 Nov. 16 Aug. 17 Jan. 9 Oct. 10 Mar. 4 Dec. 3 Apr. 27
Jan. 14 Jun. 8 Mar. 9 Aug. 1 May. 2 Sep. 24 Jun. 25 Nov. 17 Aug. 18 Jan. 10 Oct. 11 Mar. 5 Dec. 4 Apr. 28
Jan. 15 Jun. 9 Mar. 10 Aug. 2 May. 3 Sep. 25 Jun. 26 Nov. 18 Aug. 19 Jan. 11 Oct. 12 Mar. 6 Dec. 5 Apr. 29
Jan. 16 Jun. 10 Mar. 11 Aug. 3 May. 4 Sep. 26 Jun. 27 Nov. 19 Aug. 20 Jan. 12 Oct. 13 Mar. 7 Dec. 6 Apr. 30
Jan. 17 Jun. 11 Mar. 12 Aug. 4 May. 5 Sep. 27 Jun. 28 Nov. 20 Aug. 21 Jan. 13 Oct. 14 Mar. 8 Dec. 7 May. 1
Jan. 18 Jun. 12 Mar. 13 Aug. 5 May. 6 Sep. 28 Jun. 29 Nov. 21 Aug. 22 Jan. 14 Oct. 15 Mar. 9 Dec. 8 May. 2
Jan. 19 Jun. 13 Mar. 14 Aug. 6 May 7 Sep. 29 Jun. 30 Nov. 22 Aug. 23 Jan. 15 Oct. 16 Mar. 10 Dec. 9 May. 3
Jan. 20 Jun. 14 Mar. 15 Aug. 7 May. 8 Sep. 30 Jul. 1 Nov. 23 Aug. 24 Jan. 16 Oct. 17 Mar. 11 Dec. 10 May 4
Jan. 21 Jun. 15 Mar. 16 Aug. 8 May. 9 Oct. 1 Jul. 2 Nov. 24 Aug. 25 Jan. 17 Oct. 18 Mar. 12 Dec. 11 May. 5
Jan. 22 Jun. 16 Mar. 17 Aug. 9 May. 10 Oct. 2 Jul. 3 Nov. 25 Aug. 26 Jan. 18 Oct. 19 Mar. 13 Dec. 12 May. 6
Jan. 23 Jun. 17 Mar. 18 Aug. 10 May 11 Oct. 3 Jul. 4 Nov. 26 Aug. 27 Jan. 19 Oct. 20 Mar. 14 Dec. 13 May 7
Jan. 24 Jun. 18 Mar. 19 Aug. 11 May 12 Oct. 4 Jul. 5 Nov. 27 Aug. 28 Jan. 20 Oct. 21 Mar. 15 Dec. 14 May 8
Jan. 25 Jun. 19 Mar. 20 Aug. 12 May 13 Oct. 5 Jul. 6 Nov. 28 Aug. 29 Jan. 21 Oct. 22 Mar. 16 Dec. 15 May 9
Jan. 26 Jun. 20 Mar. 21 Aug. 13 May 14 Oct. 6 Jul. 7 Nov. 29 Aug. 30 Jan. 22 Oct. 23 Mar. 17 Dec. 16 May 10
Jan. 27 Jun. 21 Mar. 22 Aug. 14 May 15 Oct. 7 Jul. 8 Nov. 30 Aug. 31 Jan. 23 Oct. 24 Mar. 18 Dec. 17 May. 11
Jan. 28 Jun. 22 Mar. 23 Aug. 15 May 16 Oct. 8 Jul. 9 Dec. 1 Sept. 1 Jan. 24 Oct. 25 Mar. 19 Dec. 18 May. 12
Jan. 29 Jun. 23 Mar. 24 Aug. 16 May 17 Oct. 9 Jul. 10 Dec. 2 Sept. 2 Jan. 25 Oct. 26 Mar. 20 Dec. 19 May. 13
Jan. 30 Jun. 24 Mar. 25 Aug. 17 May 18 Oct. 10 Jul. 11 Dec. 3 Sept. 3 Jan. 26 Oct. 27 Mar. 21 Dec. 20 May. 14
Jan. 31 Jun. 25 Mar. 26 Aug. 18 May 19 Oct. 11 Jul. 12 Dec. 4 Sept. 4 Jan. 27 Oct. 28 Mar. 22 Dec. 21 May. 15
Feb. 1 Jun. 26 Mar. 27 Aug. 19 May 20 Oct. 12 Jul. 13 Dec. 5 Sept. 5 Jan. 28 Oct. 29 Mar. 23 Dec. 22 May. 16
Feb. 2 Jun. 27 Mar. 28 Aug. 20 May 21 Oct. 13 Jul. 14 Dec. 6 Sept. 6 Jan. 29 Oct. 30 Mar. 24 Dec. 23 May. 17
Feb. 3 Jun. 28 Mar. 29 Aug. 21 May 22 Oct. 14 Jul. 15 Dec. 7 Sept. 7 Jan. 30 Oct. 31 Mar. 25 Dec. 24 May. 18
Feb. 4 Jun. 29 Mar. 30 Aug. 22 May 23 Oct. 15 Jul. 16 Dec. 8 Sept. 8 Jan. 31 Nov. 1 Mar. 26 Dec. 25 May. 19
Feb. 5 Jun. 30 Mar. 31 Aug. 23 May 24 Oct. 16 Jul. 17 Dec. 9 Sept. 9 Feb. 1 Nov. 2 Mar. 27 Dec. 26 May. 20
Feb. 6 Jul. 1 Apr. 1 Aug. 24 May 25 Oct. 17 Jul. 18 Dec. 10 Sept. 10 Feb. 2 Nov. 3 Mar. 28 Dec. 27 May. 21
Feb. 7 Jul. 2 Apr. 2 Aug. 25 May 26 Oct. 18 Jul. 19 Dec. 11 Sept. 11 Feb. 3 Nov. 4 Mar. 29 Dec. 28 May. 22
Feb. 8 Jul. 3 Apr. 3 Aug. 26 May 27 Oct. 19 Jul. 20 Dec. 12 Sept. 12 Feb. 4 Nov. 5 Mar. 30 Dec. 29 May. 23
Feb. 9 Jul. 4 Apr. 4 Aug. 27 May 28 Oct. 20 Jul. 21 Dec. 13 Sept. 13 Feb. 5 Nov. 6 Mar. 31 Dec. 30 May. 24
Feb. 10 Jul. 5 Apr. 5 Aug. 28 May 29 Oct. 21 Jul. 22 Dec. 14 Sept. 14 Feb. 6 Nov. 7 Apr. 1 Dec. 31 May. 25
Feb. 11 Jul. 6 Apr. 6 Aug. 29 May 30 Oct. 22 Jul. 23 Dec. 15 Sept. 15 Feb. 7 Nov. 8 Apr. 2
Feb. 12 Jul. 7 Apr. 7 Aug. 30 May 31 Oct. 23 Jul. 24 Dec. 16 Sept. 16 Feb. 8 Nov. 9 Apr. 3
Feb. 13 Jul. 8 Apr. 8 Aug. 31 Jun. 1 Oct. 24 Jul. 25 Dec. 17 Sept. 17 Feb. 9 Nov. 10 Apr. 4
Feb. 14 Jul. 9 Apr. 9 Sep. 1 Jun. 2 Oct. 25 Jul. 26 Dec. 18 Sept. 18 Feb. 10 Nov. 11 Apr. 5
Feb. 15 Jul. 10 Apr. 10 Sep. 2 Jun. 3 Oct. 26 Jul. 27 Dec. 19 Sept. 19 Feb. 11 Nov. 12 Apr. 6
Feb. 16 Jul. 11 Apr. 11 Sep. 3 Jun. 4 Oct. 27 Jul. 28 Dec. 20 Sept. 20 Feb. 12 Nov. 13 Apr. 7
Feb. 17 Jul. 12 Apr. 12 Sep. 4 Jun. 5 Oct. 28 Jul. 29 Dec. 22 Sept. 21 Feb. 13 Nov. 14 Apr. 8
Feb. 18 Jul. 13 Apr. 13 Sep. 5 Jun. 6 Oct. 29 Jul. 30 Dec. 23 Sept. 22 Feb. 14 Nov. 15 Apr. 9
Feb. 19 Jul. 14 Apr. 14 Sep. 6 Jun. 7 Oct. 30 Jul. 31 Dec. 24 Sept. 23 Feb. 15 Nov. 16 Apr. 10
Feb. 20 Jul. 15 Apr. 15 Sep. 7 Jun. 8 Oct. 31 Aug. 1 Dec. 25 Sept. 24 Feb. 16 Nov. 17 Apr. 11
Feb. 21 Jul. 16 Apr. 16 Sep. 8 Jun. 9 Nov. 1 Aug. 2 Dec. 26 Sept. 25 Feb. 17 Nov. 18 Apr. 12
Feb. 22 Jul. 17 Apr. 17 Sep. 9 Jun. 10 Nov. 2 Aug. 3 Dec. 27 Sept. 26 Feb. 18 Nov. 19 Apr. 13
Feb. 23 Jul. 18 Apr. 18 Sep. 10 Jun. 11 Nov. 3 Aug. 4 Dec. 28 Sept. 27 Feb. 19 Nov. 20 Apr. 14

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