Meet farmer Benneh, who crossed his whole 34-goat flock at the same time.
A goat farmer based in Achimota, Ghana, has shared in a viral video, how he got all of his 34 female goats pregnant at the same time. Using his Instagram and TikTok with the handle farmingin_africa, Frimprong Benneh revealed how he accomplished the feat in less than two weeks. In the video aptly captioned; “Do you know you can make all your goats pregnant at the same time? This is how you do it”, he informed that since goats come on heat once every month, he intentionally made them miss their first month and planned for the following month.
In the beginning of the following month, he claimed that he brought all the female together numbering about 34 and introduced a male into the flock. According to him, once the female perceived the odour or smell of the male, they would naturally come on heat again. He reported that the male goat, after being introduced, soon started crossing them and consequently caused them to get pregnant immediately. Benneh also established that the male goat was introduced 1st of September and by 15th, all of them had been crossed. The goat farmer joyfully announced that all 34 of his female goats, which are currently pregnant and will give birth in January 2024. He later revealed the breed of the goats as West African dwarf goats and the exotic breeds (the Boer, Savanna and the Kalahari goats), imported from South Africa.
He said this practice would make him as a farmer, to be better prepared for the kids’ arrival as a goat’s gestation period is just five months. In another video, he informed farmers that the two keys to successful farming are getting the right breed and working on a correct feeding programme at different levels of growth. “Our goats feed on our semanhyia grass. This grass is high in nutrients and is about 18% high in protein, which does not only give the goats much of their needed nutrients, but also helps in fattening them. It is drought-resistant such that during the dry season, when all other grasses are dried off, our goats still have fresh grass to graze on”, he revealed. “We also give them our locally made pellet feed, which we produce form the combination of our semanhyia grass, salts, vitamins and minerals, among others”, he added.