Dr. tatiana Luisa Stanton Cornell University Goat Extension Program with contributions from Dr. Richard E. Ehrhardt, Sandy VonAllmen, Kirby Selkirk, Natasha Pellifor & numerous NY farmers. Northeast Lambing/Kidding Project. First …. WHY?.
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Labor demands and feed requirements at birthing are cited by sheep and goat farmers as a major reason for why they do not expand or why they consider retirement
Outbreaks of disease or metabolic disorders can contribute substantially to neonatal mortality regardless of how much labor you put into the birthing season
When successful –
Greatly reduces or even eliminates need for artificial rearing
Improves animal performance and ultimate welfare
Reduces labor inputs during birth period