This is my first fall with does who I want to breed for milk next spring. I had no idea it would be so hard to figure out when a goat was in heat! I have a 2 yr. old Alpine girl who I've had here since late August. I have literally never seen any signs from her that she's been in heat. Because I didn't want to breed her until November or December I wasn't too concerned. Now, it's getting late in the year for breeding and I can't figure out when to take her to the buck. She doesn't swell or get pink, no discharge that I've ever seen, she flags her tail all the time (and has since she's been here), she doesn't react to the buck rag I have in a jar. I've replaced it twice to make sure the smell is strong enough. I don't know what to do? I was talking with her previous owner who has the buck I want to use this morning and she suggested having the vet give her a shot that will clean her out and usually will push her into a heat cycle. Does anyone know anything about this shot? Has anyone done it? I have a call into the goat vet but she usually doesn't return calls until evening. What do you all think I should do at this point? I really would love you thoughts and ideas and help with this. A couple possibilities: Bring the buck here. I'd have to make a special pen for him and keep my Nigerian girls locked up securely the entire time he's here. They normally have total run of the place during the day time so I know they would be unhappy... but it's doable. Bring the buck here and keep him with all my goats. I have three bred does and a wether besides the doe I'm wanting to get bred. Again, I'd have to keep the ND's locked up as they can easily get into the big goat area by going under the fence (it's chainlink against horse round pen panels and they just push up the chain link. The big goats cannot get out. If I do bring the buck here... will his smell affect my milk? My milk stand is around a wall in another part of the barn but it's open with no door to close between those two areas. Or, just keep milking her till next year when she comes into heat and breed her then. The breeder said that would probably not be until August and she's only giving 8 to 10 cups of milk a day and I know that it won't go up... we need the milk badly so I wanted her to freshen and give me more milk. She might not continue to milk through that time period so I don't really want to do this.