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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

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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What to Do for a Goat Horn Injury
May 10, 2021 · · Health

Horns crack, chip, and break. Depending on where in the horn structure this occurs, a goat horn injury can range from unremarkable to life-threatening.

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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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Goat Care During Fire Season
April 2, 2021 · · Health

When raising goats, prepare for many seasons: breeding season, kidding season, show season, winter — and for many in the western states, FIRE season.

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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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Finding the Balance: Maintaining Health with Goat Minerals
September 13, 2020 · · Health

Supplementation of goat minerals is required for good health but improper supplementation can be dangerous, even deadly.

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Geissebei Trekkinggeissen
July 26, 2020 · · Ownership

While goats are part of the Swiss cultural heritage, for decades they were called “the poor man’s cow.” Not as prevalent as cows, they are gaining popularity with the increasing demand for goat cheese and goat products.

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The Dilemma of Euthanasia
June 4, 2020 · · Health

Most of us would rather not think it, but all life ends in death. When death does not come easily or naturally, and a goat suffers, we can better care for them in their time of greatest need if we are prepared.

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