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Another factor to consider in readiness for breeding is development of the teat canal. Before sexual maturity, a doeling has an undeveloped teat canal. Afterwards, you can feel it as a discrete tube inside by gently pinching the teat. I wouldn't use this as the only criteria, but it's another way to check

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I don't know about the hormones and differentiating mammary tissue. I learned this technique from a judge at a show one time years ago (can't even remember who, now) but she showed us how to feel the difference in a mature teat canal and one that's not. I'll do some research...

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