Lifespan: 8-12 years
Estrus 'heat' cycle: 18-23 days
Length of heat: 12-36 hours
Gestation: 145-155 days
Birth weight: Around 5-8 lb. (Breed dependent)
Puberty: 4-12 months
Weaning age: Around 4-5 months (Breed dependent)
Weaning weight: 30-40 lb.
Average Daily Gain (ADG): 0.2-0.5 lb./day
Body Temperature: 102.5-104 degrees F
Pulse/Heart Rate: 60-80 beats per minute
Respiration Ration: 15-30 breaths per minute
Dehorn: Around 3-5 days
A group of goats is called a “trip”
The fat molecules in goat milk are five times smaller than the fat molecules in cow milk. Thus goat milk is broken down in the stomach in 20 minutes versus about 60 minutes for cow milk.