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  1. Goat Management
    Hello everyone, Our community farm has a small herd of 5 goats, and we are currently looking to buy/rent some land for rotational grazing. We're quite new to all this so we could use some help! How much land would we need at minimum to be successful? What else should we be looking out for? And...
  2. Goat Frenzy
    I'm currently doing research on what kind of seed I'd like to reseed my pasture with, and I found a mix that I like the look of, but it has two different types of ryegrass in it. It has tetraploid annual and Italian ryegrass in it. I'm a bit concerned that these are both annual grasses. Does...
  3. Beginners Goat Raising
    I just bought a house and acquired the previous owners goats/chickens. Right now they are fenced in and have full access to over the septic leach field. Is it worth the money/effort to get the yard re fenced to not include the leach field?
  4. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hi guys! As a kid, my family raised goats. We always had them in pasture but they loved to rummage around in the woods. My husband and I would like to get two pet goats, but our home is up on a mountain and the acreage is primarily wooded. We wouldn't have any ability to clear for pasture. My...
  5. Health & Wellness
    Hello, I have 2 does and three kids(4 months olds) that are being dam raised. I've had the does in a dry lot pen since February along with the kids when they were born in March. I have been feeding them grain and alfalfa. I'm trying to introduce them to our pasture which is mostly weeds(...
  6. Goat Management
    we've had goats for just a few years and their "pasture" was lawn before so there's really not any browse... we do provide occasional browse, hay, etc... My question is about trying to improve the pasture. It's becoming full of buttercups and I've read that spreading lime can help change the...
  7. Introductions
    Hello I am new to goats have 4 males just for vegetation control. Had horses do it last year but they overgrazed quickly. The goats seem to have taken things down but not nearly as much as thought. Only half the pasture has been ustilized and the other is over grown but dry. Both are dry...
  8. Goat Management
    At the moment we have five goats, 2 4. mo. old boer wethers, a 5 year old Alpine doe and her 3 mo. old doe twins, and one cow. We are putting a chest bar up in front of the goat stall so the cow can't get in tight quarters with the goats. My question is, can we have the cow out in the pasture...
  9. Dairy Diaries
    What can I reasonably expect my Standard dairy does to eat per year in hay? We have lush, weedy pasture most of the year. What about a buck? What type of hay do you typically feed? And whats the consensus on alfalfa? Thanks!
  10. Goat Management
    I have seen advice aplenty stating that the cost of raising grade is the same as registered, so registered makes more financial sense. I have a friend who disagrees. She has been raising goats longer than I have been alive. She does very little grain (only for training) and gets a good bit of...
  11. Cattle
    What Breed of Cattle do you Raise? We are raising a mixed batch of mixed breed beef cattle that we purchased from an individual who is no longer going to be raising beef cattle any longer. He had a mixed group of heifers, cows, and a few bull calfs. We have been raising them on mainly...
  12. Goat Management
    Hello, all. I've never owned goats before, but I'm getting ready to jump in! My wife and I will be moving to a farm in northern Kentucky in June, and will be wanting to keep a few (3 or 4) goats, probably Nigerian dwarf. There's a suitable barn, with about 2 acres of pasture around it. Here's...
  13. Barnyard Bananza
    This is a question more for horses than it is goats, but I figured I would ask anyways... If you were to buy land in Connecticut and its all wooded. And then you decide that you want pasture so you deforest the whole area (leaving a few trees here and there for shade) how long would it take for...
  14. Goat Management
    Sorry for the novel! From my research there is not set square feet per goat needed. It all depended on situation, type of goat and if the goats will be given hay or are needing to live completely off forage. I'm currently in the middle of fencing in my goat pen for my 3 ND does. The area I'm...
  15. Goat Management
    Hi Folks, This is a question about allowing forage to be as much of a goats diet as possible. We should be getting our first goats, wethers, in a few months and before they come home we're coming up with our game plan. We have a three acre farm that is mostly pasture with mixed scrub and...
  16. Goat Management
    Last winter we were relatively new goat owners with four goats that seemed to fare fine on pasture, and only pasture, the entire year... including the winter. What we did (and I know not everyone will appreciate this method) is to tie-out one or two goats and let one (or two) free-range. We...
  17. Goat Frenzy
    Our land is farmland (ugh). With this in mind, I would love to plant tons of goat-friendly stuff in the areas that aren't fenced in yet and do my best to get it 'ready' so when we do fence it in, hopefully we'll have some established forage! Things that grow good here: Mulberry Raspberry...
  18. Beginners Goat Raising
    We have two Nigerian Dwarf wethers that we adopted in March. Both bottle babies..one about 2-4 weeks older than the other. Basically they are about 6 mos. old. They have lived in a lovely pen with plenty of feed and alfalfa hay and some play structures their entire time with us. We also have...
  19. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hi, I am need of some help! I am currently in Afghanistan, but when i return I would like to get 2-3 small milk goats. I've bought the books and have done the research for the past 2 years. I am thinking small milk goats like Nubians or Pygmy or some sort of crosses. I have about 4 acres...
  20. Goat Management
    Hi everyone! I have an established bermuda pasture that I overseeded with Winfred Forage Brassica, Alfalfa and Hairy vetch. It should be ready to graze in late May or early June. My question is how should I graze it? After introducing the herd to the pasture for a few hours at a time for a week...
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