what are the goat terms!?

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Question by Sunshine L: what are the goat terms!?
hi i realy would like to get the terms down for goats like..whats a doe? whats a buck? what does castrated mean? whats a yearling? whats a kid? whats a wether? i just want to know what they mean thanks so much.

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7 Responses to what are the goat terms!?

  1. doe-female
    doeling-young female
    kid-baby goat
    castrated-has testicles removed (wether)
    yearling-a year old animal

    May 15, 2014 at 4:10 am

  2. doe is a female deer
    buck is a male deer
    kid is a baby goat
    a yearling is a horse between 1 and 2 years old
    idk what castrated means

    May 15, 2014 at 4:28 am

  3. Doe: female
    Buck: Intact male
    Castrated: testicles removed
    Yearling: a year old
    Kid: a baby goat
    Wether: Castrated male

    May 15, 2014 at 4:36 am

  4. A Doe: A Female
    A Buck: A Male
    Castrated: (also known as a wether) Testicles removed
    A Yearling: A Year Old (they are usually called this until they are 2)
    A Kid: A Baby Goat (under 1 year)
    A Wether: A Castrated Male
    A Dry Doe: A Doe that is no longer in milk
    A Dry Yearling: A Doe a year or older that has never freshened
    Freshened: A Doe that has kidded and is in milk.
    Kidded: A doe that has given birth
    Open: A doe that is not pregnant
    Bred: A Doe that is pregnant

    May 15, 2014 at 4:56 am

  5. A female goat is a doe, an intact male is a buck, and a wether is a castrated male (has had the testicles removed to prevent breeding and/or to make it suitable as a pet or 4-H project).

    A yearling is any kid from the previous year, a dry yearling is a doe from the previous kidding season that has not been bred yet and is not producing milk.

    A kid is an immature goat, regardless of sex. You typically refer to them as kids their first season.

    Some people will use terms like “nanny” or “billy”, but these are inaccurate and generally not descriptive.

    Other terms that you might encounter:

    disbudding: removal of horns from a young kid with a heated disbudding iron

    polled: a goat that does not develop horn buds (this happens in pygmies)

    kidding: when a doe gives birth

    grade: with dairy goats, this is an ADGA registered animal that has an incomplete pedigree (1/2 grade = 1 fully pedigreed parent, 3/4 grade is second generation from that animal)

    May 15, 2014 at 5:44 am

  6. A doe is a female goat
    A buck is a male goat
    A doeling is a female kid
    A buckling is a male kid
    A kid is a young goat
    A yearling is a year-old goat
    A wether is a castrated male goat

    A castrated male is a male that has been “fixed” just like you spay/neuter a dog or cat. It prevents them from producing offspring.

    May 15, 2014 at 6:01 am

  7. A doe is a female goat.
    Buck is an intact male (testicles are still there)
    castrated (aka neutered) means lack of testicles usually by banding or cutting.
    A yearling is usually a goat under 2 years old. usually called a yearling, meaning they still have growing to do. a dry yearling is a yearling that has not freshened before, and is not in milk.
    a kid is a baby goat
    doeling is a baby doe kid
    buckling is a baby buck kid. usually reffered to as a kid until roughly a year of age.
    a wether is a neutered male.
    Kidding is the process of labor,
    freshening is referred to as (1st freshening, meaning she has kidded 1x. or 2nd freshener meaning 2x. its just easier than saying she has kidded … many times. freshening is mainly used in the dairy goat world.
    also i noticed hermaphrodite is not listed, this is a goat with both genders, sometimes it just happens.. usually from breeding 2 polled goats together..

    May 15, 2014 at 6:41 am

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