Goats are considered seasonal breeders, with some breeds more seasonal than others. To read more on the effects of season on reproduction before proceeding please visit: http://www.extension.org/pages/19372/season-impacts-reproduction-influence-of-daylength
Being able to breed outside of the normal season could:
However, out-of-season breeding comes with higher costs of production, reduced fertility and more losses of pregnancy when compared to breeding during the natural season. Although alternative synchronization methods are available during the breeding season, it is commonly accepted that inducing estrus during the non-breeding season requires the use of at least one hormone (progestogen) or some form of manipulation of social or environmental inputs that would change the animals' hormones (i.e., the buck effect and/or lighting/photoperiod manipulation). For more information on the use of progestogens and artificial lighting and melatonin please click on the links below.
For more information on the different methods of estrus synchronization in goats please visit:
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