The goats' birthing season starts next month, and as it approaches Ramat Hanadiv's herd gets noisy and wild. Goats are seasonal animals, which is to say that, by and large, they give birth only during specific seasons. In July and August, when the days start getting shorter, 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 during the same season, in several waves. 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 they join the rest of the herd.
Goats usually produce one offspring, sometimes twins or triplets ‒ an average of 1.6 goats per birthing. Another milking season follows: The mother goats produce high-quality milk while their kids are sucklings. The milk from Ramat Hanadiv's herd is marketed to nearby dairies, where it is turned into delicious yoghurt for discriminating taste buds.