Thanks to all the goat producers who supplied quality kids for Easter market in 2019. It has been possible to find most of the kids needed in Minnesota & Wisconsin this year. Over the years, breeders in Wisconsin and nearby states have learned to grow the kids to be fat at under three months & have been dependable suppliers for our market.
Easter 2020 is April 12 and Greek Easter is April 19 so January & February born kids will be best. Hauling will start in late March. It is helpful to call by middle of March so that I can look at kids & plan when to load in each area.
Kids born in September & October are best for Christmas market. It is helpful to call by December 1 to tell me what you have to sell. Summer kids that did not grow well may be the size needed but will not have the meat quality that is needed.
For Christmas & Easter I buy both dairy breed kids & meat breed kids with the really good Boers bringing a higher price.
Kids nursing grow faster & usually are better quality, but many producers are learning to manage kids raised off dam to get close to ½# gain /day. Nurse kids will do more than ½ # /day gain. Producers are having good results using cow milk and using milk replacer.
This is about weight to expect:
5 week kids 28#
6 weeks 32#
7 weeks 37#
8 weeks 42#
9 weeks 47#
10 weeks 52#
This is the weight range my customers prefer.