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
August 2, 2021 · · 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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Goat Shelter Options for Your Herd
July 25, 2021 · · 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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Goat Leg Injuries that Sideline Your Caprines
May 31, 2021 · · Health

Ask any goat herder. Goats will find a way to get into trouble. Goat leg injuries from climbing, horns hooked on fences, heads stuck in buckets, and the great escapes, goats will keep us on our toes.

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How to Dehorn a Goat: Early Disbudding
April 11, 2021 · · 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 Long is Goat Gestation?
March 29, 2021 · · 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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Can Premature Kids be Saved?
February 12, 2021 · · Health

Premature kids need immediate intervention and special care. Unfortunately, premature kids often turn into a loss for the farm. Not always, though. Evaluating the needs of a floppy kid as soon as possible helps you make an educated decision about your level of intervention.

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Goat Medications and First-Aid Must-Haves
January 26, 2021 · · 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 Premature Kids
November 20, 2020 · · Goat Notes

Premature kids often die from hypothermia, breathing issues, and illness before we can intervene. Evaluating a floppy kid’s needs as soon as possible helps you decide your level of intervention.

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Raising Mohair Goat Breeds for Fiber
November 14, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

Over the course of our fiber goat experience, people insist we are raising sheep and not goats. When Pygoras are in full fleece, they look like wooly sheep. The fiber is soft and blends beautifully with other wool.

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The Smelly Truth About Goat Reproduction
October 29, 2020 · · Health

If you will be breeding your goats this season you should know the smelly truth about goat reproduction. More than any other animal on the farm, goats alert your nose that breeding season has begun.

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