One busy ‘Grandma’
Does on average have one or two kids at a time. Occasionally a doe will kid triplets. This goat named “Grandma” in Waltham, Texas, however, recently gave birth to five kids — all healthy females.
Grandma and her girls live on the farm of Jodi and Brian Olsen, who told The Austin Daily Herald they were stunned when they arrived home July 29 and looked in Grandma’s pen.
“We were like, one… two… three… four…” Brian recalled.
Grandma, a Boer/Nubian cross, bred with a pygmy goat and pygmies are “precocious breeders,” bearing one to four young every nine to 12 months after a 5-month gestation period, The National Pygmy Goat Association said.
The buck determines the gender and the doe determines the number born, said Annette Maze, livestock judge and manager of the U.S. Boer Association.