Raising Goats

  1. Digestive Development in Kids

    When it comes to raising baby goats, we strive to give them every advantage possible. The goal is to have healthy kids that will grow up healthy and not struggle with health problems. Often this is a process that goes smoothly and is free of obstacles, but it can also be a little easier said than done at times. Since the main objective is to give goats the best beginning possible, there is a process all kids must go through so that they achieve maximum immunity and good gut bacteria from the...
  2. The Gift of a Goat

    Sometimes what we need in life is a helping hand. Many of us are faced with obstacles on a regular basis that prevent us from living to our fullest potential. In some cases, what we lack isn't something that will make or break us, but there are many people around the world that are deprived of their basic needs which can make survival difficult, let alone living a healthy, productive life. Sometimes all it takes to turn things around is a small gesture, like the gift of a goat. Take a...
  3. Health Benefits Associated with Goat's Milk Consumption

    One of the many pluses associated with having goats is being able to enjoy the milk they produce. For some of us, it is the taste we prefer, but for others drinking goat's milk is easier on our bodies than cow's milk. In fact, the chemical makeup of goat's milk delivers many benefits above and beyond cow's milk. If you are plagued by constant digestive, allergic, inflammatory, or heart health issues that are seemingly not treatable or tough to treat with conventional medicine alone, adding...
  4. Body Condition Scoring Your Goats

    One of the many important things to keep track of when raising goats is their body condition. Just like every other species of animal including us as humans, goats are better off achieving and maintaining an ideal weight. Being either underweight or overweight can be problematic, so being able to determine your goats' true body condition goes a long way towards weight monitoring and maintenance. Photo: MD Sheep Goat Blog In order to start body condition scoring your goats, you first need...
  5. The Importance of Goat Vaccinations

    A big part of animal care is disease mitigation and prevention. Regardless of the type of animal you own, be it a cat, dog, horse, or goat, illness and disease are issues with which you may be faced. The best case scenario is to prevent this from occurring in the first place. Creating a regular vaccination routine is useful when it comes to establishing and maintaining continued good health amongst your goat herd. The purpose of a vaccine is to boost each goat's ability to fight off disease,...
  6. Copper Bolusing Your Goats

    Nutrients are a vital part of a goat's life and as such, it is up to us to ensure they are getting what they need. One nutrient in particular with which some goats struggle is copper. This is in large part because grain itself does not contain enough copper. Another problem is that hay can be heavy with other minerals that actually can block copper absorption. In a case such as this, you may think you are dosing your goats with ample copper but it is simply being passed through their bodies...
  7. Goat Milk vs Cow Milk

    Goat's milk is consumed at a higher rate in non-western societies. 65 percent of all milk consumption in the world is derived from goats. In the western world, however, increased goat herding has created a larger market. A quart of goat milk may fetch a higher price, but it has much higher nutritional value. You can find goat milk in many grocery chains around the country, or you can use the milk from your herd of pet goats. Health Benefits Many farmers who sell goat milk commercially do...
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