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This Scary Condition Happens After Kidding
Your goats just had kids! Yay! But now your goat is sick. What's going on? Could it be ketosis? Find out what you need to know about as a goat owner so that you can act quickly and raise healthy goats through birth and after kidding season. This goat care will be essential as your goats are going through pregnancy and you'll be glad you know about it!
Conducting a Newborn Check in Goat Kids - The Thrifty Homesteader
Shortly after each kid is born you should do an initial newborn check to make sure that each kid has all its pieces in the right places. In addition to checking for obvious things, such as an anus, you also want to know if a kid has any disqualifying defects so that you don’t offer it for sale or get your hopes up about its future in your herd. #newborncheck #babygoats #raisinggoats #kidding #goatkids
Easy and Simple Uses for Goat Milk: Homemade and DIY Ways You Can Use Goat's Milk
Are you looking for the best ways to use goat milk? THere are many uses for goat milk. You probably know that you can make cheese, yogurt or ice cream with goat milk, but there are many more goat milk recipes that you can use. The soap benefits of goat milk are also plentiful! Lean how you can use goat's milk in the kitchen, home and even garden! Plus, learn which three goat breeds are the best for milk so that you can have fresh goat milk right in your backyard.
Do Goats Need Grain? Your Goat Grain Questions Answered!
Do goats need grain? This is a question that is hotly debated among goat owners and goat farmers. Since goats seem to be able to find food on their own with no help from us, do they really need to be fed supplemental grain? If so, what do you need to know about feeding goats grain on a regular basis?
Roundworms and Goats
Steve Hart, Ph.D., of Langston University talks about roundworms in goats, including the infamous barber pole worm, which causes a lot of heartache and financial loss for goat owners every summer. He explains why this worm is such a problem for goats and their owners, as well as what you can do about them. We also talk about other roundworms and how they cause different symptoms than the barber pole worm. #goathealth #roundworms
Pregnant goat labor signs: How do you know when a goat is ready to give birth
If you keep goats on your homestead, you will probably want them to have babies as some stage! Goats due dates can be hard to guess, so how do you know when a goat is ready to give birth? There are some common pregnant goat labor signs that you can keep an eye out for.
Nubian Dairy Goats: A Guide to Nubian Goats for Beginners
Are you considering raising goats? Not sure which goat breed is best for you? Consider the Nubian goat! Although Nubians are often dubbed as a dairy goat breed, they can be raised for more than just milk. Many goat breeds are best suited for either meat or milk, not both. The Nubian is an exception to that! Farming goats is an excellent way to make additional profits from your homestead, even if your land isn't pastured. Everything you need to know about raising Nubian dairy goats for beginners.
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Fall is the time when goat, sheep and camelid owners start to see problems with meningeal worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis). Unlike intestinal worms, which go to work in an animal’s stomach or intestines as soon as it is ingested by the animal, the meningeal worm takes awhile to reach its destination, which is the spinal cord or brain.
Feeding kelp to your homestead animals is great for a healthy herd.
Feeding Kelp on the homestead is a great way to keep many animals healthy. Easy to use, animals love it, and a great way top discourage worms in goats and chickens I love to use kelp throughout my homestead. #homestead #goats #chickens #slcg
What is a Wether Goat?
Bucks get hormonal and, as we all know, that can play havoc with their behavior (think teenage boy surrounded by scantily-clad females). Some may become aggressive towards your does, while others may torment their owners with their antisocial behavior.Wether goats, on the other hand, are usually pretty laidback animals that are “sweet and calm in comparison to bucks”.
Meat Goat Genetic Research
Richard Browning, Ph.D., of Tennessee State University, has been studying the genetic differences between boer, kiko, Spanish, and myotonic goats since 2001. In this episode he talks about the differences that they have found in their research herd, which numbers about 250 head.
How much does a baby goat cost?
How much does a goat cost or how much does a baby goat cost? This is important information to know! You don't want to be surprised with unknown expenses. Goat care and raising goats doesn't have to be tricky or surprising. Get the knowledge on how to be a goat owner right now. Bring home your cute baby goats as soon as you can! Goat costs all listed out for you.
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If you're considering adding goats to the list of your homestead animals, whether it is for meat, for milk, for profit or as pets, you'll want to read this article first. There are plenty of reasons why goats are popular for beginners on hobby farms, but be sure you go into it knowing the challenges that come from goats as well. Check out this post before you decide how to add goats at your house. #Goats #RaisingGoats #HomesteadAnimals #HomesteadingForBeginners #SelfSufficiency