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Goat Journal Special Issue 2020 Goat Health from Head to Hoof
March 4, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

The Goat Journal Special Issue 2020 – Goat Health, from Head to Hoof – will be available for subscribers ONLY, in-home March 15th. But Backyard Goats members can read it NOW!

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Goat Journal March/April 2020
February 10, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

The March/April 2020 issue of Goat Journal contains valuable stories on pregnant does in distress and when to intervene during kidding, a Breed Profile on Spanish goats, why you can’t make bread and cheese on the same day!

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The Best Goat Gestation Calculator
January 15, 2020 · · Ownership

What is the goat gestation period? Did you know that Boer goat gestation period differs from Nigerian dwarf gestation? To use this goat due date calculator, select from miniature or full-sized goats then enter the exposure date.

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Determining the Best Hay for Goats
March 30, 2020 · · Goat Notes

When goats can’t browse, they need hay (3% to 4% of their body weight, per day) for their rumens to function properly. This can be fed free-choice or twice a day.

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How to Raise Goats In Your Backyard

You’ve decided to get a goat or two and try them for awhile, but don’t know where to start. If you have never owned any livestock before, but want to learn how to raise goats in your backyard, getting started is a simple but big step.

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A Homemade Buttermilk Recipe, Two Ways!
March 22, 2020 · · Home Dairy

Where can you find a homemade buttermilk recipe to suit your cooking needs? And is making buttermilk difficult?

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Are You Feeding Straw or Hay for Goats?
March 15, 2020 · · Feed & Housing

If you dread choosing hay for goats, you are not alone … there is much to know about what to feed goats.

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How to Pasteurize Milk at Home
March 7, 2020 · · Home Dairy

Learning how to pasteurize milk at home is just one facet of owning dairy animals. A crucial one.

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What Do Milk Expiration Dates Really Mean?
March 7, 2020 · · Home Dairy

Is the milk expiration date really a cut-off where you can no longer safely drink the milk? Is it guaranteed to stay good until that date?

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7 Easy Recipes for Making Goat Cheese
March 5, 2020 · · Home Dairy

Getting started making goat cheese? Try these recipes first!

If you’ve never made cheese, start with the quick & easy cheeses that need minimal equipment and ingredients and are ready to eat fairly quickly.

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A Tail to Tell
March 5, 2020 · · Health

One of my favorite sights on the farm is when I greet our herd every morning at breakfast, and their tails wag! But sometimes their tails can tell us an entirely different story, and it’s one that you really want to pay attention to.

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Fecal Float Tests – How and Why
March 5, 2020 · · Health

What is the biggest health management challenge facing goat owners? Is it hoof care? Digestion issues? Mastitis? Nope — it’s parasites.

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Selenium Deficiency and White Muscle Disease in Goats
March 5, 2020 · · Health

With kidding season around the corner, it’s time to talk about selenium deficiency. Selenium deficiency in goats can cause white muscle disease in goats, also known as nutritional muscular dystrophy.

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