Birthing season is a very special time at Beekman 1802 Farm. It begins in mid February and extends into May. Farmer John times the fall breeding so that the births occur in two week surges throughout the spring. It’s by far John’s busiest time of year, and he travels back and forth between the barn all hours of the day and night.
Even with John’s vigilance, some goat births occur untended. Which is fine. The birthing process, lest we humans forget, is a natural process. But when any of us are in the barn during birthing season, we always inspect the herd to see if any mothers are in, or starting labor. Recently, two does began birthing simultaneously. We were there with our iphones, so we shot a good deal of video. (Sometimes one-handed.) Even though there are hundreds of live births each season at Beekman 1802 Farm, each one is just as special as the last. We hope you’ll feel the thrill vicariously watching this video.
Caution: This video shows live goat births. It may not be suitable for all audiences.
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