Over on Prairie Fruits Farm’s Instagram account you’ll find a current set of stories talking about breeding. It’s goat breeding season right now. (Those adorable baby goats are not just dropped from the sky by the stork.)

Saved in PFF’s highlights are the stories about breeding from last year, so if you miss the 24-hour window for the current stories, you can find the same info there. 

Here’s what I learned:

The bucks (the male goats) each wear a harness with a different colored crayon. That way, when the buck and the lady goat, ahem, “make a connection,” PFF goat wranglers know when. This helps determine the baby schedule for the spring, since they have a good sense of when the goats were impregnated. Goat gestation is about five months. 

A screenshot of an Instagram story video. Three photos are in a grid, with one blue square. The photos picture goats of various colors in barn, with different colored crayon marking on their backs indicated that they have been bred. Text on the image describes what is happening. Photo from the Prairie Fruits Farm Instagram page.

Screenshot from the PFF Instagram page. 

Goats are grouped based on history, breed, and lineage. 

Do yourself a favor and learn some goat facts by checking out PFF’s IG page. And do stop by the farm’s stand at Urbana’s Market at the Square on Saturday mornings, or order online, or visit the farm from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays

Top image from PFF’s Instagram page.