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Raising Fiber Goats 101

Raising Fiber Goats 

If you own a cashmere sweater, you can thank a goat. When most people think of fiber animals the sheep is probably the first that comes to mind. And it’s true that with more than 1000 distinct sheep breeds worldwide, it’s easy to see how sheep dominate the world of fiber.

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Goat Kid Milk Replacer 101

How To Select A Milk Replacer For Your Baby Goats

Milk replacer is vital to keeping your goat kids healthy and growing. However, selecting and feeding the right milk replacer can be a daunting task. But with the right background information, you can feel confident you’re choosing what’s best for your goats.

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The Importance of Good Fencing for Raising Goats

Goats are climbing animals by nature. In the wild, they spend their days balanced on impossible ledges and vertical mountain cliffs. It takes incredible strength and well trained footing to live in a goat’s natural habitat. Because of this natural ability, a weak farmyard fence is child’s play to a goat.

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Breaking Down the Goat Diet

Feeding a herd of goats can be tricky. Goats have a complex digestive system that requires different types and amounts of food to run smoothly. When you enter the goat world, it seems that everyone has an opinion on what is the “best” way to feed. As a result, it can be confusing to know what is right for your animals.

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Hoof Care for Goats

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Preparing & Caring for Goats in Winter

Preparing Your Herd for Winter

Winter can be one of the hardest seasons to keep animals. If you can make it through your first winter on a farm and still be joyful about animal husbandry, then you know you’re a farmer at heart! Read More
 

Goats: Caring for Pregnant Does - Part 2

 

Nutrition

Pregnant does and does in milk need different nutrition than young does, bucks and wethers. Protein plays an important roll in the health of a doe. There are different ways you can increase protein levels in your feed. One way is to include alfalfa hay into their diet. We also like to increase the grain ration by 25%. We do this slowly and include a probiotic and access to baking soda to help keep balance in the rumen. You can also supplement the grain mix with sunflower seeds or beet pulp pellets. Sunflower seeds are especially healthy for fiber producing goats.

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