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

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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Do You Know the Difference Between Goats and Sheep?
February 25, 2020 · · Kids' Corner, Ownership

Do you know the difference between goats and sheep? I know, being a fiber goat shepherd, I often see people who mistake one species for the other.

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Stages of Goat Labor
February 6, 2020 · · Goat Notes

During labor, the doe progresses through three stages.

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When Are Goats Good Pets?
January 9, 2020 · · Kids' Corner

Many people have become goat owners because they fell in love with a tiny goat kid and decided to give goat ownership a try. Are goats good pets if you don’t live on a farm or homestead?

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Best Yarn for Blankets — From Goats!
March 14, 2019 · · Ownership

Add to Favorites When looking for the best yarn for blankets, you may not immediately think of yarn from fiber goats. The hair from goats, including cashmere, Pygora, Cashgora, and …

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Shearing the Pygora Goat for Mohair Fiber Collection
March 14, 2019 · · Ownership

Part of the fun of owning a Pygora goat is shearing day. Pygoras are one of the mohair goat breeds. Angora goats and various cashmere producing goats also produce mohair.

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How to Do Goat Hoof Trimming
March 14, 2019 · · Health

Add to Favorites Goat hoof trimming is part of maintenance for keeping goats healthy. Regular goat hoof trimming will help prevent hoof rot. All ruminants are at risk for a …

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