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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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Thanks for the responses, folks. You verified what I suspected was true. My daughter has 3 Boer X goats (mama Cosby, baby girls Luna and Alice) to show, so she'll still be competing. Thanks for the concern for her. I think she was hoping to show Nadine because she's such a special sweet doe.

We'll concentrate on Cosby and her doelings for this upcoming fair, and then try and find Nadine a lovely buck to breed to and see what happens after that. Anybody here have Alpine goats in central California?

I'm excited to see what kind of udder Nadine develops and what kind of kids she has. I've never seen Alpine kids in real life. The school had only Boer X kids born this year. Those were the first kids we've been around up close and personal. I love them all, addicting little beggars that they are. :love:

Yeah, AI is beyond us, both technically and financially at this point. The school may have a nitrogen tank for pig semen, but I'm not certain it would be available for us "goat people" to use.

Thanks, everyone. You're the best! :thumbup:
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