Serious Bottle Kids: Goat Quints Born in Oregon
Serious Bottle Kids: Goat Quints Born in Oregon
Problem Weeds: Alkaloids
Problem Weeds: Alkaloids
There are a number of plants that are toxic to goats, in several different categories. One of these categories are alkaloids, which can cause either acute poisoning when a large quantity is eaten at once or cumulative, ch ...
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Pasture Maintenence: Weeds
Pasture Maintenence: Weeds
One of the benefits of goat ownership is that they tend to eat a lot of plants other species pass up that are often considered weeds. Poison ivy, briers and other problematic weeds are goat delicacies. But what about weed ...
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Home Butchering Basics: Recipes and Seasoning Suggestions
Home Butchering Basics: Recipes and Seasoning Suggestions
Now that you've got your goat butchered, what will go well with it when it's time for dinner? We've discussed so far how to humanely kill, skin and gut a goat as well as how to process its meat; now we'll take a look at wh ...
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Home Butchering Basics: Meat Cuts and Processing
Home Butchering Basics: Meat Cuts and Processing
We've now gotten our goat to the point that we're ready to make meat. The first couple parts of this series discussed how to go about humanely killing the goat, skinning and gutting. We're now left with the carcass to but ...
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Home Butchering Basics: Skinning and Gutting
Home Butchering Basics: Skinning and Gutting
In the first part of our series on the basics of goat butchering, we discussed why you may end up doing butchering at home as well as basic technique for quickly dispatching a goat as painlessly as possible. Now we're on ...
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Home Butchering Basics: An Introduction
Home Butchering Basics: An Introduction
Whether you bring meat goats to the auction or have the occasional buck butchered by a local meat shop, knowing what's involved in the butchering process helps you understand why particular practices are used in husbandry ...
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Fine Fibers: Protecting Fiber on the Goat
Fine Fibers: Protecting Fiber on the Goat
If you're just starting out in raising fiber sheep, you've probably got an idea of the kind of premium mohair and cashmere brings. But how do you take care of the fiber while it's on the goat so that you have less process ...
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Hallie, the Bug-Eyed Alien LaMancha
Hallie, the Bug-Eyed Alien LaMancha
My husband and I are getting close to our 10th anniversary, and have been reminiscing a bit about the six months we spent camping rough and homesteading during our first seven months of marriage. Why we ended up doing tha ...
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Goat-Sheep Hybrids: The Rare Geep
Goat-Sheep Hybrids: The Rare Geep
In late March, Irish shepherd Paddy Murphy found an unusual baby with one of his ewes; after a fall break-in of a goat with his sheep flock, his ewe had born a rare sheep-goat hybrid, otherwise known as a geep. A natural ...
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Running Goats With Other Livestock
Running Goats With Other Livestock
We've got a mixed family on our farm. The goats, sheep, one of the horses and two livestock guardian dogs share a couple pastures, a barnyard and a barn. Our other horse is in a pasture on his own, mainly because he's a ...
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