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Goat Journal September/October 2020
August 5, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

Goat Journal September/October 2020 is in-home August 27th, but Backyard Goats members can read it NOW! Subscribe for stories on artificial insemination, conceiving doelings vs. bucklings, hermaphroditism, goat-friendly housing, PLUS a Breed Profile of the Valais Blackneck goat!

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Listeriosis in Goats: Dangers of Feeding Moldy Hay
August 7, 2020 · · Feed & Housing

Circling Disease and Silage Sickness are other names for listeriosis in goats, commonly associated with feeding moldy hay.

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How to Trim Goat Hooves for Overall Health
August 5, 2020 · · Health

Trimming goat hooves is essential to good goat health. Overgrown hooves can hide diseased tissue, and lead to a slow painful decline in the goat’s overall condition.

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That Scary Goat!

What contributes to scary goat behavior and how can we reduce that likelihood? Let’s explore that so that you seldom to never have a scary goat!

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Registering Your Goat
August 5, 2020 · · Ownership

Goat registries are very beneficial when you want to have the best of a particular breed. Find a list of goat registries here.

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Back from the Vet: Caseous Lymphadenitis in Goats

Insidious diseases such as caseous lymphadenitis are having increasing ramifications for health and production within herds. In order to appropriately manage a goat herd for this disease, it is imperative to understand the disease process as well as the current diagnostics available.

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Hermaphroditism and Polled Goats
August 5, 2020 · · Health

Hermaphroditism is not uncommon among goats, especially dairy goats of Western European descent. Before people realized the correlation between goats being polled and possible hermaphroditism, rates were as high as 6-11% of goat herds in the U.S in the early 20th century.

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Conceiving Bucklings vs. Doelings
August 5, 2020 · · Health

Have you ever wondered why some years, some sires — or even some dams — produce more of one gender than others? Can certain management practices favor one over the other — or is it random? Is one more desirable than the other in the goat world?

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Goat Blood Testing – A Smart Move!
August 5, 2020 · · Health

What is goat blood testing, and why should you do it? Where can you find goat testing lab and how do you know what goat diseases to test for?

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Finding Success in a Straw
August 5, 2020 · · Health

Perhaps the most obvious reason for A.I. is to eliminate keeping a live buck on the premises. Even if you’re only breeding a few each year, A.I. can easily be the cheaper, more time-efficient option. Another big bonus is the opportunity to utilize the genetics of very elite bucks, particularly those in herds you would otherwise be unable to access.

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