Serious Bottle Kids: Goat Quints Born in Oregon
Serious Bottle Kids: Goat Quints Born in Oregon
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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Common Goat Vaccines: Soremouth
Common Goat Vaccines: Soremouth
The Epithelotropic parapoxvirus is the virus that causes sore mouth in goats, a very contagious skin disease that can be passed to humans. Also known as contagious ecthma, orf, and scabby mouth, this disease causes fever- ...
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Common Goat Vaccines: Chlamydia
Common Goat Vaccines: Chlamydia
You've done almost everything right: your does were bred to that perfect buck, they took well, are being given excellent feed and care. But three months into the pregnancies, they miscarry! Now you're out of luck for yo ...
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Common Goat Vaccines: Pneumonia
Common Goat Vaccines: Pneumonia
Pneumonia is one of the most prevalent respiratory illnesses in goats. Though we typically associate pneumonia as being a human disease of the winter, pneumonia in goats can occur at anytime, typically related to times o ...
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Selenium Deficiency in Goats
Selenium Deficiency in Goats
In the United States, there are a number of areas that do not have significant amounts of selenium in the soil and, by extension, in the hay and pasture in the area. This element is vital to horses, goats and a number of ...
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