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Goat Journal January/February 2020
December 10, 2019 · · Magazine Previews

The January/February issue of Goat Journal arrives in-home on December 26th, but Backyard Goats Members can read it now!

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Signs of Goat Heat
October 1, 2019 · · Goat Notes

Breeds that cycle year around include fainting goats, Kinder, Boer, Kiko, Nigerian Dwarf, Spanish, Pygmy, and sometimes Nubian goats. Alpine breeds experience heat cycles about mid-summer until the end of the year. Seasonal breeders include Alpine, LaMancha, Oberhasli, Saanen, and Toggenburg goats. Angoras are also seasonal.

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A Quick Guide to Goat Minerals
September 28, 2019 · · Goat Notes

When selecting a mineral supplement for your herd, choose one made specifically for goats. Supplements made for other species will not provide optimum levels and may even be harmful.

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13 Goat Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Before calling your veterinarian, take note of all goat symptoms and get a temperature reading using a rectal digital thermometer.

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Top 9 Goat Predators
August 19, 2019 · · Goat Notes

Whether you are planning to build a herd or building a goat shelter, what goat predators do you need to think about? Here are the nine most serious goat predators from the least number of kills to the most with details on how to determine what predator you may be dealing with.

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Breed Profile: Pashmina Goat
December 10, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

Pashmina goats provide the finest and warmest cashmere due to their adaption to the cold, harsh winters of the Tibetan Plateau. Their fiber provides vital income for nomadic pastoralists in these inhospitable climes.

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Nursing Home Nannies
December 10, 2019 · · Ownership

In 2015, Angie Whitman was raising seven goats at her home in Knox County, Illinois, when she had the idea to take them to the Knox County Nursing Home where she worked.

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For the Love of Bloomy Rind Cheese
December 10, 2019 · · Home Dairy

While chèvre may be the most popular fresh goat cheese, when it comes to aged goat cheese, my favorite is a mouth-watering bloomy rind cheese.

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How to Make Kefir Water and Milk Kefir
December 10, 2019 · · Home Dairy

There are different types of kefir you can make, each with options regarding how often you desire a new batch. Here is a tutorial of how to make kefir water and milk kefir, as well as different variations.

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Building the Best Fence for Goats

Goats require specific fencing. The best fence for goats should typically be between four and five feet high. Here are some tips in selecting the best fence for goats. 

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The Truth About Coats for Goats!
December 9, 2019 · · Health

Those goat sweaters are cute, but do you really need them to keep goats warm in cold weather?

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Goat Care, Month to Month
December 9, 2019 · · Health

Most goat vaccination schedules and care revolve around pregnancy, so this calendar does as well. It will help keep you on track when things get hectic.

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America: Back to the (Goat) Farm
December 9, 2019 · · Ownership

In a nation of increasing urbanization, more Americans are missing a connection to nature and to their food sources. This may account, in part, why goat ownership is on the rise.

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Pygora Pioneer
December 9, 2019 · · Ownership

Sonia Hall was among the first to breed Pygoras in the early ’80s. She was on the first Pygora Breeders Association committee in 1990 and bred the animals for five years.

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