Maybe I’m putting the cart before the horse, or in this case the goats before the silvopasture, but we are looking to expand our homestead adventures by purchasing a gorgeous farm on 53 acres. The place we have our eyes on is perfect in every way. A lovely pond, an old pole barn in incredible shape, mountain views, and a… Read More
Do you want fresh milk for drinking and making cheese? Not everyone has room for a whole cow. With goats available in a variety of sizes, chances are you can find one that is right for you. When they are not being milked, you can find them tending the land for you. Goats are wonderful at clearing land. Plus, we have to mention adorable baby goats. Life just isn't complete without kids. They provide hours of entertainment. Who needs TV with these little guys?
Let’s be honest, while owning a small herd of goats can be lucrative, many people aren’t raising goats to earn massive profit. In fact, most people who own and raise goats tend to choose them based on their personality or a natural affinity for the animal. However, whether you own goats because caring for them is something you enjoy doing,… Read More
Goat rescues and shelters. They aren’t as common as dog and cat rescues, but they exist. Finding a reputable goat rescue is a challenge at times, though. With goats not being as commonplace as house pets, some “rescues” take advantage of the eternal cuteness of goats to rack in the dough without truly helping the cause. There are some things… Read More
I was getting goats. So exciting! I worried about a lot of things when I started the process, peppering a friend with hundreds of questions about raising goats, but milking the goats was never something I worried too much about. I had milked the big plastic cow at StoryLand and the county fair numerous times. How much harder could it… Read More
If this is your first time going through the process of breeding and kidding with your goats, this guide will take you from start to finish. Be sure to check out our new calculator in part one which will calculate your Nigerian Dwarf’s kidding date. See Part 1: Getting Your Goat Bred, Estimating Due Date & Early Gestation Care Late… Read More
♫ It’s the most wonderful time of the year. ♪ Kidding time! For many goat owners, they don’t know exactly what to expect when their goat is expecting. We’re going to quickly start at hey, I think I’m ready to get my doe bred and end with the big day. This is not an intensive, detailed, blow-by-blow post but I… Read More
In the first few streams of milk, any abnormalities such as blood or clots will be detected. The first few streams of milk contain the most bacteria and dirt. That’s why you need to use a strip cup.
Goat hoof care is a task you sign up for when you bring home cute baby goats. Goat hoof care begins early in life and is a regular part of a maintaining a healthy herd. You have some time before the kids are big enough to need an actual hoof trim, but getting them use to having the hoof touched and examined early, will make it easier when necessary.
How hard can naming your dairy goat possibly be? Well, if you are planning on registering your goat with the ADGA (American Dairy Goat Association) it might be a bit harder than you think. The American Goat Association (AGA) has rules of it’s own, but ADGA’s policies for naming your dairy goat are a bit more strict, so those are the ones we are going to discuss.
Today you are getting Zoologist Jessica instead of Homesteader Jessica. For those of you that don’t know, I went to school for zoology, but decided that I didn’t want to live in a city, which is what led me to farming. One important aspect of animal care they taught me about in college was animal enrichment and how important it is to an animals health and overall well-being.
Animal enrichment is activities that create a more stimulating environment for the animals and elicit some of their natural behaviors such as exploration, foraging, locomotion, social interaction, manipulating objects, or simply playing.
One of the things I don’t love about the herbal supplement powders I provide to my goats is that they often sift through the feed and end up an uneaten powder at the bottom of the dishes. My goats love when I made herbal balls for them, but I don’t want to have to make them for the daily supplements, like the Kop-Sel. I’ve been making the herbal balls weekly when I give them DWorm, but it seemed like there must be an easier way. Like maybe in some sort of goat treat.
Funk Fixer is a blend of very nutritive herbs in a treat form. It’s perfect for ill, senior, failing to thrive, or recovering goats. Many people give it to rescue goats and goats under stress. We give it when we can’t quite figure out what’s up, but we know something isn’t right. That isn’t to say we give it as a bandaid. When something is wrong with your goat, it’s important to diagnose what the problem is. Better Daze is just to help while you figure out what’s going on.
You may have heard all sorts of talk about rotating wormers and wormers loosing effectiveness over time. You may also be concerned about withdrawal times and chemicals leaching into the goat’s milk and/or meat. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you didn’t have to worry about that? A natural herbal wormer might be just what you’re looking for.
This is just my opinion, but the way I see it, chemical wormers are essentially just poisons. You’re poisoning the parasites and hopefully not poisoning your goat.
This was a year of triplets for our dairy goats. One set was bottle raised, but the other set stayed with mama to be dam raised. Sadie, the mama of the dam raised kids, had a healthy appetite, but the herbal goat treat, Milk Money, gave her that pep she needed to keep her supply where the demand was. Abby, the other mama, was a different story. See, I got her as a new first freshener. Neither she nor I had any clue what we were doing. To say there were bumps along the way would be a serious understatement.
You may have heard that your goats need a selenium supplement and/or copper supplement and for many goat owners that’s true. This is because the soil across most of North America is deficient, therefore growing deficient plants. Living in a deficient area myself, I offer my goats a natural selenium supplement involving herbs.
Selenium deficiency is mostly noted during and after pregnancy both in the doe and any resulting kids.