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Goat Journal July/August 2020
June 4, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

Goat Journal July/August 2020 arrives in-home on June 25th, but Backyard Goats members can read it NOW! Subscribe for stories on how some of our goats came to America from Africa, a comparison of which LGD is right for you, crossing state lines with goats, PLUS the dilemma of euthanasia.

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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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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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The Evolution of a Dairy Farming Business Plan

The small family dairy farm in Indiana run by Alan Yegerlehner produces grass-fed milk products, marketed from their pasture dairy. This has been their dairy farming business plan for generations.

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LaMancha Goat Spotlight From Goat Journal

The LaMancha is a type of dairy goat noted for its apparent lack of or much reduced external ears. The LaMancha goat is medium in size and is also noted for a generally calm, quiet, and gentle temperament.

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Selecting a Dairy Goat Breed
June 27, 2020 · · Home Dairy

The fun of having goats starts with choosing which goat breed to get and plenty are available to choose from. More than 200 goat breeds have been developed worldwide, not all of which may be found in North America.

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When to Wean a Goat and Tips for Success
June 25, 2020 · · Health

It’s important not only to know when to wean a goat but also to do it in a way that minimizes stress and ensures the ongoing health and production of those hard-working milkers. 

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What to Know Before You Buy a Goat
June 23, 2020 · · Ownership

Whether you are considering goat ownership or adding to your herd, consider some things before you buy a goat. Extra care in the beginning can save expense and heartache down the road.

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When Should You Use Lutalyse for Goats?
June 20, 2020 · · Health

There are risks to using Lute and other drugs. We prefer to avoid intervention in our herd unless there is a clear, unmistakable risk not to intervene.

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Keep It Clean! Milking Sanitation 101

Sanitation is one of the most critical parts of dairy ownership that is often overlooked or done incorrectly. Whether you’re bucket milking for personal consumption or using a machine for either herd shares or commercial use, the sanitation process must be spot-on.

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How to Make Homemade Sour Cream
June 17, 2020 · · Home Dairy

How do you make sour cream so it’s the pure, cultured treat it used to be? It’s not hard and it’s very rewarding.

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A DIY Homemade Cheese Press Plan
June 16, 2020 · · Home Dairy

This homemade cheese press plan will get you off to a great start when you’re ready to tackle pressed cheeses with your milk.

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Saanen Goat Breed Spotlight
June 14, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

The Saanen goat is the largest of the dairy goat breeds. Growing to 130 to 145 pounds, the Saanen breed is one of the best goats for milk.

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