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Angora Goats Are A Good Choice For Hobby Farmers
That, coupled with several significant scholarship programs in his area, make them a popular youth option. Goats are usually deloused with a pour-on product (such as Permethrin or Pyrethrin) a few weeks after shearing to prevent lice and ticks.
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Philadelphia
Keeping Goats as Companions
One of the most popular occupations for goats these days is simply being companions. “They are intelligent and affectionate and are easy to train, whether it's for milking or something like cart-pulling.
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Philadelphia
Raise Goats On 1 Acre Or Less
Leave the buck on the farm and contract out buck services if you decide you want to breed. If this doesn't sound like your climate, your goats will be prone to disease, particularly parasites.
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Philadelphia
Weed-Control Goats
However, the smaller the herd of goats, the smaller the amount of land the goats can browse. Weed-control goats must also have a good appetite — not overly fussy about what it eats.
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Philadelphia
3 Tips For the Best-Tasting Goat\'s Milk
Before you go out to milk, submerge the frozen water bottles in a bucket of cold tap water. A lid covers your milk as you bring it in from the dairy barn to the house. Buy Registered Animals The flavor of milk—any milk from any animal—is dependent...
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Philadelphia
Goat Stats
Udders: two mammory glands, or teats Tags goats Grows constantly. 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...
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Philadelphia
Myotonic Goats
They're more intelligent and more alert to what's going on around them. The most common color is black and white, but Myotonics come in all colors, patterns and markings. When asked about their goats' unusual name, Lisa replies, “In Tennessee, goats...
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Philadelphia
Chicken Vs. Goat Manure: Which Is Best?
Note that these percentages will vary by region, so check with your local extension agent to see what testing, if any, has been done in your area. Tags chicken manure , garden , soil
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Philadelphia
Colostrum for Your Livestock Bottle Babies
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 like a hawk: At the first sign of illness, rush him to a vet! Colostrum Alternatives If you're willing to take a brand-new...
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Philadelphia
Sew a Goat Harness for Pulling
Turn under each end 2 inches, and sew to the side strap rings. For the chest strap, piece together A, B and C listed below. On each piece, turn under one end 2 inches, and sew to a chest strap ring.
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Philadelphia
Goat Health How-To: Injection And Drenching
If you try it from the side, you will probably push the needle all the way back out the other side and squirt the meds outside your goat, where they will do no good. It's big enough for viscous solutions such as Selenium/Vitamin E but not wide enough...
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Philadelphia
When To Breed Young Dairy Goats for Milk
Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities “ Reproductive Management of Sheep and Goats ” says doelings should weigh at least 60 percent of their adult weight. Due to their larger size, single kids can be a problem for a young, immature doe to deliver.
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Can This Goat Pass as a Reindeer?
It's cool! But Rudolph isn't the only famous Christmas reindeer; there are also the reindeer that pull Santa's sleigh. I think I do! Maybe not Rudolf, though, because my nose is the wrong color.
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Philadelphia
Mm-mmm, Milk!
It was good! Then Mom said we got too old for milk, and we started eating hay instead. Then people in several scattered parts of the world domesticated cattle . It's digested in human intestines by lactase, an enzyme that helps break lactose into smaller...
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Philadelphia
5 Flies Bothering Your Goats—And How To Stop Their Bites
Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 6 drops of tea tree oil and then shake well. Commercial insect repellents formulated for horses or dogs, especially those made with natural ingredients, work reasonably well for goats.
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Philadelphia
For Hardy Dairy Goats, Look To The Swiss Alps
Oberhasli Rachelsie Farm, Inc. The Oberhasli Breeders of America still exists today, along with the newer Oberhasli Goat Club. The Alpine, Oberhasli, Saanen and Toggenburg are all suitable breeds for small farms and for those just getting started in goats.
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Philadelphia
Protect Your Goats From CAE
With adult goats, chronic polyarthritis pain is usually an observable sign, along with synovitis and bursitis. It is estimated that up to 85 percent of goats don't show clinical symptoms but rather act as a reservoir of infection to the population at...
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Philadelphia
Meet Sweetie, the Pygmy Goat
Keep the animal in quarantine for at least three weeks—four is better. Mom won't go to sale-barn auctions because she feels sorry for so many animals and wants to bring them home.
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Philadelphia
Nutrition Matters: What To Feed Your Dairy & Meat Goats
Feeding dairy goats is very similar to feeding a dairy cow. This keeps the animal healthy as well as reduces the chance of the kids dying or developing health problems shortly after kidding.
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Philadelphia
New Kids: Esme and Jimmy
Jimmy and Esme's mama, Viola, was one of the sickest. Both sexes and nearly all breeds can have wattles, but they're especially common on Swiss dairy goats like Alpines , Saanens and Toggenburgs , but rare on us Nubian goats.
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Philadelphia
Fecal Egg Counts: Why & How to Do Your Own
Routine, unnecessary use of chemical wormers is the primary reason most wormers no longer work against barber pole worm ( Haemonchus contortus ) in goats in most American regions. The basic kit is $50, and only $25 if you share with a friend.
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Philadelphia
Are Egg Shells Good for Roses?
To hide the eggshells, a second layer of bark or moss mulch can be layered on top. There are no studies indicating harm caused by calcium overdose on plants, so tilling eggshells both into the soil and layering on top of the soil can be done simultaneously.Aside...
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Goat Farming Business Plan
Otherwise, managing a goat farm is primarily about fencing: They love to jump over, unlock, duck under or push through whatever obstacle you have attempted to put in their way. Feel free to get creative here, and challenge yourself.
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Philadelphia
The Birds and Bees—Goat Edition
Mom says it's perverse when I pee on her, but I think it's fun! Some bucks also try to breed their human handlers. When she's ready to breed, she stands with her head slightly lowered, her legs braced and her tail to one side, and she'll probably urinate...
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Philadelphia
7 Medicines For Your Goat First-Aid Kit
If you have a full-blown case, you need to use just straight B1. This antibiotic is our go-to for wounds or pneumonia cases. If you can explain why you are asking for it, they should be willing to release it to you.
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Philadelphia
It\'s About Goats - Part 2
My daughter, Simka, is a champ! When alarmed, we curl our tails tightly over our backs and snort a high-pitched sneeze-like sound. We also have an acute sense of smell. Some of us climb better than others.
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Philadelphia
Crazy Goat Lady
I'll let you know as soon as the video goes live! « More Mondays with Martok » Tags contest , goats Visitors will vote for their favorites and the grand-prize winner will get $5,000! Josh asked Mom what she would go if she wins the grand prize, and...
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Philadelphia
Working Animals On The Farm: Goats
The Angora breed is known for its mohair, and of course, cashmere types are valued for their fibers, as well. Reinforce desired behavior with treats so that the goat looks forward to its training sessions.
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Philadelphia
When Is It Time To Help A Doe In Labor?
Most times, a doe in labor will successfully kid on their own, but occasionally they do require help. Lisa Seger When To Assist Your Laboring Doe If there is bubble, we let labor proceed a while longer.
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Philadelphia