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Karen Kopf

Karen Kopf and her husband Dale own Kopf Canyon Ranch in Troy, Idaho. They enjoy "goating" together and helping others goat. They raise Kikos primarily, but are experimenting with crosses for their new favorite goating experience: pack goats! You can learn more about them at Kopf Canyon Ranch on Facebook or kikogoats.org
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Articles by Karen Kopf

Biosecurity and Goat Husbandry: What You Should Know About M. ovipneumoniae
December 9, 2021 · · Health

Add to Favorites  By Karen Kopf – At Kopf Canyon Ranch, just outside of Moscow, Idaho, we raise Kiko goats for meat and breeding stock. Our goat husbandry practice is to …

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Goats and Contracts
September 21, 2021 · · Ownership

We’ve bought goats with contracts, and we’ve bought goats without. Of all of the goats we’ve sold, we’ve done well with just a basic bill of sale with a few terms … except for the times we didn’t.

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Conceiving Bucklings vs. Doelings
September 13, 2021 · · Health

Have you ever wondered why some years, some sires — or even some dams — produce more of one gender than others? Can certain management practices favor one over the other — or is it random? Is one more desirable than the other in the goat world?

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Johne’s, CAE, and CL Testing for Goats: Serology 101
June 28, 2021 · · Health

The “why” of blood testing is easy. CAE and CL testing for goats allows us to control diseases. The “what” is a question unanswered for many: What do serology tests do? What don’t they do? What should we do with the results?

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The Heritability of Udder Traits
June 21, 2021 · · Health

Many udder traits are hereditary. Ideally, selection occurs when choosing a buck and doe for breeding. Neither should have undesirable traits.

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Bucks with Bags!
June 14, 2021 · · Health

Yes, you read that right! Bucks can have udders — and some even produce milk! While it may seem unsettling — even freakish — it isn’t new or even rare.

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All About Goat Testicles
June 11, 2021 · · Health

Testicles make a buck a buck. The testicles produce testosterone and sperm, and the correct testicle anatomy comprises two equal-sized testicles in a single scrotum.

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New Valais Goat Breeds Recognized
April 2, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

As a result of Pro Specie Rara, a Swiss conservation group, three breeds of goats will be added to the official list of recognized Swiss goats published in 2021. The three breeds aren’t new — but quite old.

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What Guards Livestock Guardian Dogs?
February 18, 2021 · · Ownership

Livestock Guardian Dogs, or LGDs, protect our goats … but what protects our LGDs? For many ranches, the biggest threat to guardians is the law.

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Chlamydia in Goats and Other STDs to Watch For
October 3, 2020 · · Health

When we think of breeding, we think of babies — not biosecurity — but diseases such as chlamydia in goats can be transmitted sexually.

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