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Hello. I have been a member for a little while now researching and learning about goats. This past weekend I was able to purchase my herd. 1 billy and 6 nannies. All boer and all but one abga registered. I originally decided to purchase them to clean up my property but the more research I did the more I loved the idea of a small meat production farm. I have them home and have fell in love. They are awesome. My billy, bucky, is the friendliest of all of them. I have emailed my county extension office to find out what services and information they offer to goat owners. I was looking for anyone in the area who would be willing to allow me to visit their farm to educate me on everything from hoof trimming to vaccinating and overall caring for and keeping my herd healthy. Also I was wondering if anyone had ideas to help me anticipate the needs of my goats. I am a full time fireman so I am away from home for 24 hours every third day with a very remote chance of being able to return home in that time to tend to them. I want them to be happy and healthy. Thanks in advance for any information. Also thanks for the information you have all supplied to allow me to learn what I have so far.
 

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Hello from Tennessee! Welcome to The Goat Spot! I use this site the most for my goat info. But I also use www.fiascofarm.com and www.goat-link.com. Everyone on this site is very helpful and so nice! I wish you the best of luck with your new herd. At our farm we choose not to vaccinate. But a lot of farms give a cdt shot. I believe it's given once a year but for the first year it is given and then 2 weeks later given again.
Things I keep on hand at all times:
Baby aspirin ( incase of fever)
Pepto bismol in case of a runny but.
Wormer of choice. We are using valbazen, but we are wanting to switch to ivomect(sp?) injectable.
Peroxide
If you are breeding I would suggest keep a nipple handy because it's no fun getting dressed at 1 am and going to the nearest 24 hr store that sells them. Incase you need to bottle feed babies for what ever reason. We use Pritchard nipples from tractor supply. They screw onto the top of coke bottles.
A digital thermometer incase one is sick.
But most importantly a phone number for a large animal vet.

It's best to keep loose minerals out for them at all times. We get a 25 lb bag from co-op for about 20 dollars. We have 21 goats and it lasts a pretty good while. We were paying 15 dollars for a 4 lb bag at tractor supply. We also have a salt block for them.

I keep a folder and calendar to write down when we trim hooves, worm, and any health notes like if one gets sick and how we treated them. Our farm has a tax free license so we have to keep track of all of our expenses and our profits.

My fiancé and I have been raising goats for almost 4 years now. We started with 4 and that multiplied. Plus we've bought more and sold some. We were up to 26 but now back down to 21. We've lost 3 goats in our 4 years. One to u.c. ( bladder stones) he was an intact male. One baby at 24 hrs old. And one 4 yr old female that passed away during kidding but her little doeling survived.
 

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wecome from new hampshire. this is a great place to get information for newbies as well as old timers like me. i'm sorry i dont live in your area but there are lots of people on here who can help you.
 

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Glad you are here!
Good loose minerals with lots of copper is a must.
Pull up a chair & read through other threads.
All you gotta do is ask & someone will be here for ya.
 
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