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All About Pack Goats
Horses and mules are the animals most called upon to pack supplies into backcountry locales. “My pack goats are the big boys of my goat herd,” she says. Miller uses five goats to pack supplies for tourists who want to discover the wilderness of Utah’s...
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Keeping Goats as Companions
There’s something about goats that makes them great to be around, even for other four-legged creatures. Goat owners can enjoy stress relief and relaxation when they are with their goats.
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Weed-Control Goats
Goats are a natural way to keep weeds under control without the use of herbicides or heavy equipment. Goats of different sizes are a good idea in a herd of weed-control goats since each size goat will focus on plants that are most suitable or readily...
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Goat Stats
Horns: Most have 2 horns, made of living bone surrounded by keratin and other proteins. Tail: short and bare underneath; usually points upward Ears: hanging or upright, depending on the breed Eyes: rectangular pupil, good night vision.
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Raise Goats On 1 Acre Or Less
A couple of goats will keep your family well-fed. Keep in mind that goats are bred for a specific purpose. While not all urban areas have codes against keeping livestock, it’s a good policy to check first.
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3 Tips For the Best-Tasting Goat’s Milk
In fact, it’s completely avoidable if you follow proper processing. To be safe, you can cap the canning jar. The first is genetics: The only real way to determine a dairy animal’s milk quality is with a pedigree, which you can obtain by purchasing...
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Chicken Vs. Goat Manure: Which Is Best?
This is especially true of chicken manure, which contains high levels of nitrogen that can burn plants. Make Your Choice The decision to amend your with chicken manure or goat manure is for you to decide.
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Colostrum for Your Livestock Bottle Babies
Knowing whether you need colostrum or colostrum replacer is an important consideration when your raising a bottle baby. If you succumb to a cute and needy sale-barn baby (and it’s easy to do), raise him indoors away from other livestock and watch him...
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Angora Goats: Equipment and Shearing
Talk to your county extension agent, an expert at your state veterinary college or an established, successful Angora goat breeder in your area to learn how to feed Angoras where you live.
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Lessons From Hurricane Harvey: Prepare To Protect Your Goats In Flooding
You’ll need to add more each day of a weather event to keep your goats dry and comfortable. Even if it’s just hoop houses made with cattle panel that you can cover with layers of heavy duty tarp when it’s time—have something available to shelter...
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Teeny, Tiny Miniature Goats
Nigerian Dwarfs are the quintessential tiny dairy goat. Because they’re smaller, they’re easier to handle and less intimidating, especially for beginners, children, old folks and the physically challenged.
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6 Things To Do Now To Make Kidding Season Easier
You can allow mama to clean up the baby here, or if you’re inclined to help, you can towel down the kids yourself. Having a supply of old towels is super helpful. Don’t turn an emergency into a tragedy by not being prepared.
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3 Ways To Control Goat’s Milk Flavor
Do something about it. First, there is filtering. The core difference between properly prepared goat’s milk and cow’s milk is not so much flavor as it is variances in butterfat.
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Milking Goats: How Long Can They Go Without Breeding?
This is a truism, no matter what kind of mammal you are. This saw significantly less wear and tear on the goats (as well as the keeper). And things do happen. To get milk, you must have kids.
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It\'s About Goats - Part 1
His only mess-up happened in 2006 when, in a parade honoring Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday, he failed to keep in step and kept trying to head butt a drummer’s backside. Billy was demoted to fusilier (the equivalent of private) for three whole months.
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5 Fun & Easy Snacks You Can Grow for Your Goats
Make 2018 the year that you garden for your goats. The goats have loved both for snacks. Our goats enjoy eating every part of the plant. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked whether goats really eat tin cans.
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Test Your Nubian Goat for G6S Mutation
That means that it involves only one gene, it isn’t sex-linked (both males and females inherit equally) and two copies of the defective gene must be present for a kid to be affected.
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Are Dairy Goats Right for My Farm?
If you want to rotate your goats’ pasture frequently, 42-inch electrified netting works well. Bucks can be a stinky, head-butting mess when they go into rut (their annual period of sexual frenzy).
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Mastitis Care For Dairy Goats
What Causes Mastitis? Care must be taken to observe the proper withdrawal period—the time that must lapse before the milk or meat can be consumed from a treated animal—for any drug administered to the animal.
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Use Clicker Training to Condition Your Goats\' Behavior
Hold the target close enough to the goat that he’ll touch it with his nose. Over time, treats were phased out and the “click” became the reward.  It’s simple to do. Simply start again and reward the goat for getting it right.
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25 of the Most Adorable Baby Goats You\'ve Ever Seen!
Courtesy Daniel Johnson/ Fox Hill Photo Courtesy Fair Haven Farm Courtesy Fair Haven Farm Courtesy Raquel Rocky L. That’s why we’ve asked you to share with us photos of the new kids making appearances on your farms this spring.
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How To Sustainably Manage Parasites In Goats
If you have only a couple of goats, this informal method for gauging the presence of parasites is still a million times better than not doing it at all. You see, a huge problem in parasite management is that the products we use to control parasites—worms,...
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Goat Health: Copper Deficiency
COWP stands for copper oxide wire particles, short pieces of copper wire enclosed in gel capsules designed to dissolve in a goat’s abomasum , the fourth compartment of his stomach.
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DIY Goat Feed
In dairy goats you’re looking for a protein value of 14 to 16 percent. In the case of goats and cows, the yeast can help with rumen microbial balance in function. Create a custom feed mix.
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It\'s About Goats - Part 3
Instead, we have a tough platform of flesh, called a dental pad, with a toothless gap behind it. Thank you for asking me to write more about goats. If the center two teeth are big permanent teeth and the rest are small, the goat is between one and two...
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Fecal Egg Counts: Why & How to Do Your Own
I’m just going to start with this grenade of an opinion: If you are worming your goats without doing fecal egg counts or having them done by your vet, you are doing it wrong. This is a discussion you should have with your vet.
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New Kids: Esme and Jimmy
We have new baby goats at our farm! Their names are Doughnut Jimmy and Esme. And Jimmy and Esme have wattles! Have you ever seen a goat with wattles? That means they’re slim, long-legged and bony-looking (people call that dairy character) with funny...
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Nutrition Matters: What To Feed Your Dairy & Meat Goats
Knowing the nutritional value of the feeds you are providing to your goats is the key to knowing what you need to feed them. In general, goats require higher-quality feeds than cattle because the food moves through their digestive tract faster, allowing...
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Meet Sweetie, the Pygmy Goat
Never go directly from the sale barn to your animals’ living area. Sweetie had a squinty eye caused by pinkeye and a deep cough when she went through the auction. Feed and care for your other animals first and the quarantined one last, so you don’t...
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