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All About Pack Goats
However, pack goats are becoming popular as well. Some people even put packs on their Pygmy goats, but only for short hikes. Some time is spent on camp manners — things like not getting into the panniers (packs) or chewing on tents,” says Huffaker.
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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. One of the most popular occupations for goats these days is simply being companions.
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Weed-Control Goats
This makes the use of goats an excellent method to control unwanted vegetation without the use of herbicides or heavy equipment. Goats are a natural way to keep weeds under control without the use of herbicides or heavy equipment.
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Goat Stats
Use these quick facts to better understand how your goats operate. 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
Goat milk also digests differently, so people with lactose intolerance can often drink it without a problem. Most breeds come originally from arid, mountainous climates. The smaller the holes the better.
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3 Tips For the Best-Tasting Goat’s Milk
We’ve tried so many other chilling methods and this is still our favorite because of its rapid cooling time. The United States alone has several dairy goat associations, and a simple Internet search will provide you with their criteria and rules.
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Chicken Vs. Goat Manure: Which Is Best?
Your backyard livestock have more to offer than eggs and milk: They can provide fertilizer for your garden as well. This is especially true of chicken manure, which contains high levels of nitrogen that can burn plants.
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Colostrum for Your Livestock Bottle Babies
This article contains excerpts from Bottle Babies, by Sue Weaver, a Hobby Farms contributing editor. Colostrum is the thick, immunoglobulin-rich, first milk that all livestock babies need to ingest in order to survive.
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Angora Goats: Equipment and Shearing
This is especially important with Angora goats because without proper nutrition, they can’t grow lovely, long locks. Most Angora goats are sweet and easygoing. Will it be difficult to learn how to shear?” Julie Anne, Angora goats are more laidback...
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Lessons From Hurricane Harvey: Prepare To Protect Your Goats In Flooding
Do not wait too long. We cover it all with pine shavings to keep it from getting too slippery and to make it comfortable to lie on. Fortunately, our farm was not hit too hard, but we did receive more than 36 inches of rain in four days, so things could...
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Teeny, Tiny Miniature Goats
They came from West Africa, too, but they are scaled-down miniature dairy goats. They are teeny goats! All of the recent additions to our family are miniature goats. They were created by breeding Nigerian Dwarf bucks to full-sized does, then breeding...
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6 Things To Do Now To Make Kidding Season Easier
For any livestock owner, the birthing season can bring its fair share of stress. The barn cam saves so many cold trips to the barn. It follows that we are very proactive during our kidding season, so in addition to keeping very detailed records of breeding...
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3 Ways To Control Goat’s Milk Flavor
Provide your gals with premium, loose, free-choice mineral and kelp and you’ll all be happy. Don’t go overboard, but attention to the following tips will help achieve good milk flavor.
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Milking Goats: How Long Can They Go Without Breeding?
Besides, you want that all-important colostrum when the kids are first born. Yet in the two years before I saw this post, I’d lost four out of eight. Personally, I don’t like to schedule kidding season during winter, so I bred in October and December...
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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. Besides us obviously superior Nubian goats, we have Boers , a Sable (Sables...
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5 Fun & Easy Snacks You Can Grow for Your Goats
Many of them are quite easy to grow. The rate at which they renew growth make them a great prune-and-feed treat. 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
Something they discovered is that G6S is an autosomal recessive trait. That means he inherits it from both parents. Baby Lorenzo is a carrier, which means he’ll never have any symptoms but he could pass the genetic blip on to some of his offspring.
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Are Dairy Goats Right for My Farm?
That being said, certain plants, such as wild garlic, mint and onion, will affect the milk’s flavor, so many milk and cheese producers keep their goats on well-maintained pastures.
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Mastitis Care For Dairy Goats
Treating Your Goat Herd If caught early enough, mastitis can be cured, but it varies case by case. Few antibiotics are FDA-approved for use in goats, and extra-label drug use requires a valid veterinarian client-patient relationship.
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Use Clicker Training to Condition Your Goats\' Behavior
The moment his nose hits the target, even accidentally, click and reward with a treat. Goats are often described as dog-like, so I wasn’t surprised to learn that clicker training is used on the curious caprines to encourage behaviors such as hopping...
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25 of the Most Adorable Baby Goats You\'ve Ever Seen!
Courtesy Tami M. Courtesy Pigs, Hens and Berries Courtesy @jessicarell/via Instagram Courtesy @farmer_mona/via Instagram Courtesy Nickel Farms Courtesy Sharon Biggs Waller Courtesy Maureen W.
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How To Sustainably Manage Parasites In Goats
We recommend that you find and take a class and obtain an official FAMACHA card to correctly use this valuable tool. A sustainable program, for our purposes, is defined as finding a balance of actively working to keep a herd healthy, while also avoiding...
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Goat Health: Copper Deficiency
When it doesn’t, goat owners sometimes dose their goats with COWP. Because the only commercially available product, Copasure, is packaged for cattle and calves, goat owners use ready-made boluses and repackage COWP in gelatin capsules, usually at the...
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DIY Goat Feed
Then, silently, the company reformulated the feed. All of these are available at most feed mills. Over a couple seasons, we had problems with palatability and outright refusal of goats to eat it.
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It\'s About Goats - Part 3
Did you know we don’t have teeth in our front upper jaws? This makes it easier for us to use our tongues to select and collect yummy grass or twigs to eat, whereas animal that have front teeth, like horses, choose what to eat with their lips.
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Fecal Egg Counts: Why & How to Do Your Own
So what do you need to do your fecal egg counts at home? Step 1: Collect Poop Samples Collect fresh poop from the goat to be tested. This is a discussion you should have with your vet.
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New Kids: Esme and Jimmy
They are bottle babies , and we got them because our friend Emily’s goats got sick after eating hay that looked and smelled good but had toxins in it. And their ears! LaManchas have two types of ears: gopher and elf.
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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 this column, we’ll provide the general guidelines you can follow for feeding dairy and meat goats.
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Meet Sweetie, the Pygmy Goat
You can carry disease pathogens on your clothes and shoes. Sweetie had a squinty eye caused by pinkeye and a deep cough when she went through the auction. They’ll sell sows that never get pregnant, rams that knock people down, a tiny goat accidentally...
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