It’s that time of year again, the time we start thinking about breeding.
We won’t breed until October, but it is time to add apple cider vinegar to the goats’ water (both bucks and does).
Because every year we are diligent about putting apple cider vinegar in their water we end up with more doelings than bucklings.
Before we started using vinegar we would get 6-7 bucklings a year, and we would be lucky to get one doeling! If we use apple cider vinegar we end up with a 50-50 split or more doelings than bucklings–all three years we’ve tried it, it’s worked.
Vet2Be’s 4-H leader uses the trick, too. And she said it works the same for her–ACV in the water = more doelings than bucklings.
We add about 1/2 cup to a 20 gallon bucket and about a tablespoon in a 5 gallon bucket. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. Vet2Be estimates the amount, he doesn’t use a measuring cup.
If this is a new thing for the goats, try adding just a little bit to the water until they get used to it, then a little more every few days until you get up to the amount you want to add.
Here’s an article that might be helpful to read:
Apple Cider Vinegar for Goats
The unproven theory is that female sperm swim faster in a slightly acidic environment so they ‘out run’ the male sperm. As far as I know it is all anecdotal evidence!
But I know it works for us, so we’ll be doing it again this year, and now is the time to start!
No, it doesn’t affect the flavor of the milk… just in case you were wondering!
Here’s a link for Linda’s Lunacy Sunny Saturday! I hope you go visit her blog/site, lots of fun stuff over there 🙂