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

Saanen Goat Breed Spotlight
April 21, 2022 · · 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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Starting a Dairy Goat Farming Business Plan
April 18, 2022 · · 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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Urinary Calculi in Goats – EMERGENCY!
April 15, 2022 · · 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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How to Dehorn a Goat: Early Disbudding
March 31, 2022 · · 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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How to Care for a Rejected Baby Goat
February 28, 2022 · · Health

Add to Favorites Whatever the reason behind it, a rejected kid goat needs care right away. There isn’t much we can do to prevent rejection but we can be ready …

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Goat Medications and First-Aid Must-Haves
January 24, 2022 · · Health

Goats hurt themselves in so many ways. The medicine cabinet should include goat medications for treating external wounds like cuts, bruises, and sores. Goats may need internal first aid, too.

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Caring for Angora Goat Fiber During Winter
January 20, 2022 · · Ownership

Add to Favorites Do fiber goats need special care during the winter months? Caring for Angora goats and other fiber breeds requires a little more attention during the cold and …

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Damsels in Distress – Recognize Goat Labor Problems
January 5, 2022 · · Health

In order to recognize that a pregnant doe is in distress, you should familiarize yourself with the usual goat kidding signs and the normal course of delivery.

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How Long is Goat Gestation?
January 5, 2022 · · Health

When raising dairy goats, the first step is breeding the doe. You may then wonder, “How long is goat gestation?” Taking a look through the entire process will set you up for a more successful start.

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Goat Shelter Options for Your Herd
January 3, 2022 · · Feed & Housing

Add to Favorites Having a goat shelter ready before winter arrives is part of good herd management. If you are facing your first winter with goats, you may be asking …

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