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AI and Seasonal Breeding Questions (kind of long)

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Here's a situation we're facing: I bought my daughter a registered Alpine doe, "Nadine", in early May. Nadine turned 2 years old in March and has never freshened. My daughter has her at the school farm as a project and wants to show her at the district fair in October.

Here comes the dilemma part of the situation :scratch: : The fair rules state that a dairy goat past the age of 2 must show an udder to be shown in competition. Nadine has never been bred, so no udder :shrug: . I was under the assumption that Alpines are seasonal breeders and we would have a harder time trying to breed her off-season. So, please tell me if I've got this straight, does go into heat cycles all year-round, but the seasonal breeding breeds of bucks are only in rut in the late summer/fall months.

AI is a possibility, right? Unfortunately we're still learning basic goat care. I'm not certain we know how to tell when a doe is in standing heat, much less trying AI.

Even if Nadine became pregnant today, she wouldn't have time to give birth before the fair and I'd be concerned about the stress of taking a pregnant doe to the fair with all the exposure and excitement (it's a big fair).

So, I'm flat-out confused. :help:

Sorry this was so long. Thanks to anyone who takes the time to slog through it and offer some advice. You folks here are so wise and always steer us in the right direction. :love:

Anna
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Unfortunatly she won't go into heat on her own till August at the earliest.

I don't know about AIing her. Unless you have a vet with a tank and know someone with semen or where you can purchase some that part could prove chalenging in and of itself. Plus it is rather expensive to have a vet do it
well thats great that she still has a doe to show it would be such a disapointment if she didn't.
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