About the Author

Janet Garman

Janet Garman is a farmer, writer, instructor, and fiber artist living in central Maryland on the family's farm. She loves all subjects related to small farms and homesteading. Raising chickens, ducks, sheep, and fiber goats led her to write her most recent books, 50 Do it Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens, (Skyhorse Publishing 2018) and The Good Living Guide to Raising Sheep and Other Fiber Animals, (Skyhorse Publishing -February 2019)
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Articles by Janet Garman

How to Prevent Foot Rot in Goats
September 17, 2020 · · Health

Have you seen your goat limping? While it is not the cause of all limping and soreness, foot rot in goats should be suspected.

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How Long do Goats Live?
September 13, 2020 · · Health

When you consider adding goats to your life, this piece of information is important. Asking how long do goats live, brings answers about how to plan for your goat’s lifespan.

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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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Goat Varieties for Hot Climates
August 1, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

Different species of livestock react to heat waves and hot climates differently. Some goat varieties are more tolerant than others.
All animals should receive special consideration and adjustments during periods of high heat.

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Starting a Dairy Goat Farming Business Plan
July 28, 2020 · · Home Dairy

Adding a dairy goat farming business plan to your homestead goals takes careful thought and preparation. In addition to purchasing the necessary livestock, dairy goat supplies must be purchased and the facility readied.

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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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Why Do Goats Faint?
May 23, 2020 · · Kids' Corner

Have you ever walked up to a herd of goats and wondered, “Why do goats faint?” Maybe a few of the goats dropped over with stiff legs!

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How to Dehorn a Goat: Early Disbudding
April 16, 2020 · · Health

Learning how to dehorn a goat is a task to understand before breeding, if you are preparing to keep a milking doe. Early disbudding makes the horn buds unable to become full-sized horns.

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Urinary Calculi in Goats – EMERGENCY!
March 5, 2020 · · Health

Urinary calculi in goats and sheep is a common and mostly preventable livestock health issue. While it is slightly different in each species, it has many similar causes, symptoms, and prevention.

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Preventing Hoof Rot in Goats
March 4, 2020 · · Goat Notes

Foot rot and related foot scald cause soreness and limping. In severe cases, goats will try to walk on their knees. When you see goats limping, examine the hoof.

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