The babies' pen in Ramat Hanadiv's goat shed has some new additions! For the past month or two, Ramat Hanadiv's goat herd was noisy and wild ‒ a sign that their birthing season was about to arrive. Goats are seasonal animals: by and large, they give birth only during specific times of year. When days grow shorter in July and August, their mating season begins. Since a goat's gestation period lasts about 145 days, the females start giving birth around the end of December.
The herd at Ramat Hanadiv numbers about 200 goats, and they all birth their young, in several waves, during the winter and early spring. So, from January through the end of March, the goat shed will be filled with cute, loud little kids bleating non-stop. The newborns remain with their mothers in birthing pens for the first few days after birth, then join the rest of the herd.
Goats usually produce a single offspring, but sometimes they have twins or triplets ‒ an average of 1.6 goats per birthing. Another milking season follows. While their kids are sucklings, the mother goats produce high-quality milk. The milk from Ramat Hanadiv's herd is marketed to nearby dairies, where it is turned into delicious yoghurt for discriminating taste buds.