The 2016 baby season has just taken off in Ramat Hanadiv's goat shed! The first kid was born on Saturday morning, the 16th of January. On the very same day, six more healthy newborns joined the herd. Within the next couple of months, dozens of little kids will crowd Ramat Hanadiv's goat pen.
Goats are seasonal animals: that is to say, they give birth, by and large, 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 all of them 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 little kids, bleating loudly 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 though there are sometimes twins or triplets, averaging out at 1.6 goats per birthing. Another milking season follows. Since the mother goats produce high-quality milk while their little ones are suckling, this is the time when the milk from Ramat Hanadiv's herd is marketed to nearby dairies, where it is turned into luscious yoghurt for discriminating taste buds.