Embryo Transfer Program
The Shots (Step 3)

On the 12th day after the CIDRs were inserted, it was time to start the hormone shots for Kattie, our donor doe. The first two shots of Folltropin®-V were to be in the neck. Since we had never given shots in this area and since we wanted this drug to be correctly administrated, Ken took Kattie to the vet's. (And since all does needed health certificates prior to travel to Alabama, this was accomplished at the same time.)

In addition, Corina had been "off" since the third day after the CIDRs were inserted. She was not eating; she had a normal temperature; but she was walking around with her head down or just laying around the barn with her head against the wall. Fecals were checked for parasites, and blood tests conducted. Our vet could find nothing wrong with her, and three days later, when the results of the blood tests were received, her name was added to the health certificate.

Falltropin-V Bottles

The first shot, in the afternoon, was 1.5 cc of Folltropin®-V, a medicine that came in two bottles that had to be mixed. (One bottle was the drug itself; the second bottle was a sterile Diluent.) The next morning Kattie got 1.5cc. That afternoon she got another 1.25 cc. On day 14 she got 1.25 cc in the morning and an additional 1 cc in the afternoon. The following day she got 1 cc in the morning and .75 cc in the afternoon. Finally, the morning following the removal of her CIDR she received her last shot a Folltropin®-V, .5 cc. This last shot was on breeding day.

On day 15 the CIDRs were removed from all the recipients. Kattie's CIDR was removed the following day, and was given 1 cc of Lutylase.

Saturday morning, 17 days after the CIDRs were originally inserted, was to be breeding day. Our instructions were to put the buck, Hercules, in with Kattie 3 to 4 hours after she first came into standing heat; remove him after he bred her; then put him back with her twice more at 6 hour intervals.

Unfortunately Saturday morning when we put Hercules in the breeding pen with Kattie, she wasn't the least bit interested in him. He was willing to do his part, but she was not going to cooperate. So, we put Hercules in the pen next to her and left them, checking on them every two to three hours. By afternoon we realized this just wasn't working, so we brought another buck, our most stinky (William), and put him in a nearby pen in the hopes his "aroma" would prove to be an arousal for Kattie. She still wasn't interested.

Finally, around midnight, Kattie was beginning to show some interest. But we were not sure Hercules had actually bred her. So we put them together again at 3 a.m. and again at 6 a.m. Each time Hercules seemed to be performing, but Kattie was still a less-than-willing participant. When we put Hercules in with her at noon on Sunday, she wasn't at all in a tryst. Indeed, she tried to hurt him! At this point we decided she was either bred or she wasn't – no need to torture the poor buck any longer.

Spring flushes are normally less successful than fall flushes because you’re breeding against nature. Boers do breed year around; but the does do not settle as easily in the springtime, and the bucks’ libido is somewhat reduced.

Three days following breeding we inserted a new CIDR. The purpose of this CIDR is to keep the donor's system from determining she has too many fertilized eggs and expelling them.

On Friday at noon the donor and recipients had to be removed from food and water. We locked them in the barn since the weather was much too warm to put them in the trailer. In the late afternoon, after the temperature had cooled off considerably, we loaded the goats in the trailer and moved it to the house where we could hook it up to the truck and be ready to leave for Livingston, AL at 4 a.m. the next morning. The goats, after growing accustomed to their 4 pounds of feed (each) a day were sure we had cut their throats! They finally settled down for their long ride to the Lazy L.

One week after the breed date, Kattie was flushed!

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Ken and Pat Motes
Clear Creek Farms
33 South Clear Creek Road
Fall River, Tennessee 38468
Phone: (931) 852-2167
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