BASIC PHYSIOLIGICAL & BIOLOGICAL NORMS

March 9, 2008

Goat care also means understanding basic physiological and biological norms for goats :-

Rectal temperature is in the range 39 – 40 degrees
Pulse rate is in the range 70 -80 beats per minute
Respiration is in the range 15 – 30 per minute
Rumen Movement 1 – 1.5 per minute
Oestrus is 17 – 23 days
Gestation period is in the range 143 – 155 days
Puberty is approximately 2 months for bucks
Lifespan Bucks – Around 8 years but up to 12 years
Lifespan Does – around 11-12 years and up to 20 years
Growth from Birth to Maturity is approximately 3 years

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