Quintuplets for goat sets Eastern Cape record

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‘Goat’, the acronym for ‘greatest of all time’, is bandied about a lot these days to describe leading sportspeople, but an actual goat in Mount Ayliff can surely also lay claim to the title after giving birth to quintuplets.

According to Ayongezwa Lungisa, spokesperson of the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, the birth that took place on 1 August this year was a first in the Eastern Cape. The farmer, Rose Dangisa, has a flock of 90 goats, 37 of which have had 52 kids so far. Twelve are about to kid.

“It’s not unusual for this goat to give birth to twins, but this is the first time she gave birth to five kids,” said Dangisa, who started breeding goats in 1992. “I was shocked to find the five little goats. I could not believe what I saw. Everyone in the community was taken by surprise. It is the first time it has happened in our area. This was followed by nine goats giving birth to twins and all of them are healthy,” she said.

“In our records, it is the first time an incident of this kind has been recorded in the district,” Lungisa said. “It’s a rarity and a good indication for the farming industry, considering that goats can kid every seven to eight months when there are good nutrition plans and animal health programmes, such as deworming and dipping, in place.”

Watch a video about the quintuplet goats that was broadcasted by the SABC here:

Supplemental feeding of goats

The goat, however, is struggling to feed her five young ones as she only has two teats. Lungisa said the department had advised the farmer to supplement the quintuplets’ feeding with bottle feeding. “The department will support the farmer with feed and supplements that will help the goat to produce more milk, thereby helping the kids to grow,” Lungisa explained.

Lungisa also said a team of scientists would be visiting Dangisa and the entire village for further analysis and genotyping of all the goats in the area.

“As the department, we are interested in finding out the parentage verification from the herd or communal flock so that we can keep and monitor the goats with high fertility. Where we can, we will also sample hair or blood, which can be done by the Onderstepoort biotechnology platform. Molecular analysis will give a more accurate pedigree in this case. The aim is to find [out which] of the goats has this trait.” Times Live