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  1. Goat Management
    What do y'all use to trim your goat's hooves? I bought a $25 pair of shears at Tractor Supply a year ago and they are dull and a pain in the butt to use! Just curious what everyone uses and what you would recommend. Thanks!
  2. Beginners Goat Raising
    What are the pros and cons of fitting stand head pieces vs a milking head piece? Does one work better than the other for routine care, trimming, showing? I have boer goats and I am interested in possibly starting to show.
  3. Health & Wellness
    Hello, Can anyone tell me whats going on with my goats hoof? I trimmed them in the fall and they were fine. I'm not sure what this white growth is and what I can do about it. any help would be appreciated. n
  4. Health & Wellness
    About a week ago I noticed my goat was limping. He did not appear to be in A lot of pain. We checked his hoof and trimmed it and his leg was a little swollen below the knee. We checked for a wound or a break but saw no real cause for swelling. As a precaution my husband gave him a shot of LA...
  5. Health & Wellness
    We use bleach water and scrub the hoof and afterwards we put Kopertox on for 3 days. Any suggestions?
  6. Health & Wellness
    Ok, goat gurus, I'm hoping you all can help me out here. My Nubian doe, Josie, is approx. 103 days bred, and has recently started developing some issues with her pasterns. They look fine when she's standing still, but when she walks, they bend until they're nearly parallel to the ground. I...
  7. Health & Wellness
    We have four Nigerian dwarf goats, two two year old wethers and two older nannies, one of our wethers isn’t too bad when we trim his hooves but our other goats are very wild when it comes to trimming, they violently kick and run around even if they are tied and it is especially bad with the back...
  8. Health & Wellness
    One of my does started walking on her knees while on pasture about 9 days ago. Her hooves were slightly overgrown, so I trimmed them. She started walking better, then went back to kneeling again sometimes. I have been soaking her hooves in cold water morning and night since she first started...
  9. Health & Wellness
    I was trimming one of my Nigerian dwarfs hooves and noticed an indentation in one of his soles. It doesn't look bad but I'm still curious about what it could be? The ground is pretty muddy in their pen, but they have plenty of spaces to climb and get off the ground.
  10. Goat Management
    I had seen an advertisement for an electric hoof knife that had instead of a cutting disk a tiny chainsaw for trimming the hoof. It removed a little bit of the hoof at a time while doing this quickly and seemed to be very safe. Does anyone know what brand that particular hoof knife is? Thanks in...
  11. Goat Management
    Hi all! I’m still newish to taking care of goats and I only learned how to trim hooves a few months ago. We live in a rocky area and they only need it a few times a year. It’s been really wet lately and today I noticed a black hole on the wethers back hooves. I think maybe they are swollen too...
  12. Health & Wellness
    Hi all! I’m still newish to taking care of goats and I only learned how to trim hooves a few months ago. We live in a rocky area and they only need it a few times a year. It’s been really wet lately and today I noticed a black hole on the wethers back hooves. I think maybe they are swollen too...
  13. Goat Management
    Hi everyone! This little girl chipped her hoof! I'm still new to taking care of goats and this hasn't happened to me yet. She's fine, not limping or anything, but I was wondering if I should do anything as it grows out? She's been on copper bolus for 3 months, gets manna pro minerals, milk from...
  14. Goat Management
    Hello all! I'm on the "wet coast" and have a few La Mancha goats. Even though I trim their hooves once a month and keep their feet on as dry ground as is possible through the rainy winters, I've been noticing a developing hoof problem on the rear hooves of my largest goat--see photo attached...
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