Goat Breeding:
Artificial Insemination
Natural Breeding

Goat Buck

Two methods of breeding are commonly used in goats:

Goat Kid

Each form of breeding has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of Natural Breeding

Disadvantages of Natural Breeding

Advantages of Artificial Insemination

Disadvantages of Artificial Insemination.

Artificial Insemination Equipment

The necessary equipment includes a liquid nitrogen tank, "straws" of semen, tweezers (for removing straws from the tank), a straw cutter, (for cutting off the wax plug keeping the semen in the straw), an open ended glass speculum, a small light (to make the cervix visible), a thermos (for holding warm water to defrost the semen), a thermometer (for measuring the temperature of the water), an insemination gun (A thin metal tube with a plunger to push the semen out of the straw) and disposable plastic sheaths (to hold the straw while in the gun).

Care must be taken in working near liquid nitrogen, since it is -361° F and can cause severe cryogenic burns.

The sources below sell semen, equipment, instruction manuals and instruction video tapes. Most also provide training.

Sources of Goat Artificial Insemination Equipment and Semen

Magnum Semen Works
2200 Albert Rill Road
Hampstead, MD 21074
(410) 374-2927

Buck Bank
2344 Butte Falls Hwy
Eagle Point, OR 97524
(503) 826-2729

All American AI
Andy & Ida Purcella
Rt. 1 Box 605
Coquille, OR 97423

Frozen Assets
Karen Lewis
P.O. Box 493133
Redding, CA 96049
We've used and been very happy with Frozen Assets.

North East Caprine Semen Cooperative
Monique Roeth, Sect/Treas
2 County Route 2
Berne, NY 12023-4211

Roger Ives
584 Thompsonville Rd
Suffield, CT 06078

Other Information about Goat AI can be found at the Artificial Insemination course at NMSU

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