All the information you need about keeping goats on your homesteading farm or small homestead. Articles on life with goats, how to care for goats and baby…
If you ask any goat breeder what is their favorite breed, they will most likely tell you it’s the breed they are raising. However, there is no perfect breed. Each one has its own pros and cons. Learn more about their differences on this podcast...
Although I strongly believe goat kids should be raised by mom, there are times when that simply is not possible. If you end up with a bottle baby, I hope this post will help you get started. This includes tips about feeding (what to feed, how much, how often, and how long) and housing bottle babies.
If you plan to homestead or are a homesteader who wants to keep goats, there will come a time when you will need to know and understand goat birthing. Here is the complete guide to birthing goats that is essential reading for anyone who raises and keeps goats on the homestead.
Check out this post about copper deficiency in goats to learn more about symptoms, causes, prevention, and treatment. You'll also learn why your goats might still be copper deficient even when you provide as much copper as they should need. And I shared some of the results of the copper survey I conducted last year.
If you have baby goats due during winter, you need to be prepared for some unique challenges! I've been receiving questions about kidding in winter, so I updated this post with lots of additional information about challenges of cold weather kidding.
In this episode, we are talking about zinc with Dr. Robert VanSaun from the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Pennsylvania State University. We discuss interactions with other minerals and how too much of some minerals can cause a zinc deficiency.
Caseous Lymphadenitis, usually called CL, is the most common cause of skin abscesses. CL is highly contagious because it can infect goats through unbroken skin. CL is unique in that it most commonly affects lymph nodes in the neck. The only way to know if a goat has CL is to have a vet aspirate the contents of the swollen area and culture it to see if it is positive for CL. Learn more...
For this reason, I try very hard never to add an individual goat to the herd. When goats have been separated for kidding, I put them into groups of three or four initially so the head butting gets spread around a little more than if only two goats were put together. Raising Goats | Goatherding
Everything you need to know about cough in goats. A great read for beginners who are looking to learn more about goats. Or homesteaders who have a herd of goats on their homestead. Understanding respiratory conditions that can affect goats is important to their proper care.
Selenium is a micronutrient needed by goats (and lots of other living creatures). Although they only need a little, a deficiency can cause big problems. When goats don’t have enough selenium, does may have trouble getting pregnant, are more likely to have problems giving birth, are more likely to have a retained placenta, and probably won’t produce as much milk as they otherwise would. This is a must-read for goat owners.