April 13, 2008

The teeth can be used as an aid in determining the approximate age of a goat especially up to the age of four. Goats have eight incisors (cutting or biting teeth) on the lower front jaw. These are sharp and small in animals less than one year. They meet a hard pad (dental pad) in the upper jaw. At about one year, the center teeth will drop out and they are replaced by two permanent teeth.

Twenty-four molars (chewing or grinding teeth) are found in the back, six on each side of the upper and lower jaws. At about the age of two, two or more large front teeth appear, one on each side of the yearling teeth. The three or four year old has six permanent teeth, two more than the two year old. At four or five years of age, the animals have a complete set of eight permanent teeth in front. After this point, the age is judged by the amount of wear on the front teeth. As the animal ages, the teeth spread and drop out. It becomes difficult for her to eat properly, so care should be taken to make sure she eats sufficient amounts of food. Don’t forget that goats don’t have upper teeth in the front but they do have sharp ones in the rear!



The 2 Front Teeth Are Lost At 12 Months And Replaced By Permanent Teeth


The Teeth Next To The Middle Pair Is Replaced At 24 Month’s


The Goat Has Now 6 Permanent Teeth With Only 1 Pair Kid Teeth Left


The Set Of 8 Front Teeth Is Complete

The age of the goat beyond 5 years must be roughly estimated by the amount of wear on the teeth. This rate varies on the diet and health care too can have a large effect on this. Goats on rough, coarse diets and rough pasture will grind their teeth away faster than a goat on a softer diet or better quality ration. The teeth will spread, loosen and finally drop out as the goat ages.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: