Miniature Fainting Goats

Maturation of a Fainting Goat

If you have been around the Fainting goat breed for any length of time, you have probably been told that they are slow growing. This is very true. More true than most breeders realize. This trait is an important fact that should be considered when breeding your goats.

Breeding a doe to a buck that you like and believe is a small to medium size buck may throw bigger babies than you expected. So how does this happen? The buck (or doe) is not completely grown and is being considered a miniature before he is fully mature. This of course will cause kidding complications at birth.

I had a buck that at the age of 3 years old he measured 18 ½ inches tall. Most breeders will tell you that they are grown by the age of 3. Wrong! This buck grew 1½ inches more between 3 and 5 years of age. He is now 22 ¼ “. He is still a mini buck and still a great size to use with my smaller does. It pays to check out the backgrounds of any buck that you wish to use. The same is true about the does.

This is proving to be something I am seeing more and more of. A doe that was measured at 22” at the age of 3 is now 23” at the age of 5. That’s 1-inch of growth for her over a  2 year period. 

The growth rate is something that I will now really be watching closely during the ages of 3-5. It is important to recognize this especially in our breeding programs. You don’t want to breed too early and you should allow the doe to mature to the best of her ability. I realize that waiting until the does and bucks are 5 years old to breed is not a wise or profitable move for any breeder. I do want to stress the fact that it is important to know as much as you can about the doe and buck before you breed. Miniature does and bucks grow even slower. Don't rush the miniature does into breeding too soon. Let them mature somewhat first.