About the Author

Marissa Ames

Editor of Goat Journal and Backyard Poultry magazines, Marissa Ames runs a small homestead in Fallon, Nevada, where she focuses on saving and propagating rare breeds of goats and garden vegetables. She and her husband, Russ, travel to Africa where they serve as agricultural advisors for the nonprofit I Am Zambia. She spends her free time eating lunch.
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Articles by Marissa Ames

Goat Journal May/June 2022
April 6, 2022 · · Magazine Previews

Goat Journal May/June 2022 is in homes April 21st, but digital and All-Access members can read it NOW! Subscribe to Goat Journal for great stories on giving injections and vaccinations, avoiding goat scams, the controversy of dehorning, and the best dairy goat breeds. PLUS: do herbal dewormers really work?

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Goat Journal March/April 2022
February 22, 2022 · · Magazine Previews

Goat Journal March/April 2022 is in homes and online NOW! Subscribe to Goat Journal for great stories on plants and trees that are toxic to goats, bottle-feeding baby goats and the dangers of letting them imprint on you, maintaining quality in the goats you sell, and kidding oddities such as superfetation and birth defects.

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Identifying and Treating Goat Pink Eye
January 25, 2022 · · Health

Goat pink eye, formerly called infectious keratoconjunctivitis, refers to inflammation of both the cornea and conjunctiva. Caused by several different bacteria, goat pink eye usually leaves no long-term damage.

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Mbuzi: Goats in Zambia
November 26, 2021 · · Ownership

Add to Favorites Goat Journal editor Marissa Ames and her husband visit Zambia annually, where they work with a nonprofit focusing on education and uplifting the community. The I Am Zambia academy teaches career skills to vulnerable young women. Marissa …

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Goat Journal January/February 2022
November 24, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Goat Journal January/February 2022 is in homes December 16th, but digital and All-Access members can read it NOW! Subscribe to Goat Journal for great stories on the importance of exercise for pregnant does, socializing dam-raised kids, gastrointestinal blockage, entropion, and chlamydiosis. PLUS: Judas Goats: Traitors in the Herd.

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Goat Journal November/December 2021
October 1, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Goat Journal November/December 2021 is in homes October 21st, but digital and All-Access members can read it NOW! Subscribe to Goat Journal for great stories on a vaccine for mastitis, spoiled vs. sour milk, and an exclusive story on one of the world’s only genetically confirmed geeps. PLUS: Can goats eat Christmas trees?

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Goat Journal September/October 2021
July 29, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Goat Journal September/October 2021 is in homes August 19th, but digital and All-Access members can read it NOW! Subscribe to Goat Journal for great stories on estrus synchronization for artificial insemination, what serology tests actually determine, a breed profile of the Girgentana goat, PLUS Can you house train a goat?

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Goat Journal July/August 2021
July 7, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Goat Journal July/August 2021 is in homes June 17th, but digital and All-Access members can read it NOW! Subscribe to Goat Journal for great stories on how much space goats need and how to keep them cool in the heat, showing dairy goats, supplementing sulfur and copper, PLUS how transgenic goats save children.

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False Pregnancy in Goats
June 21, 2021 · · Health

A doe goes into heat. Maybe she was bred, maybe she wasn’t. Maybe she conceived but the embryo didn’t survive long. Either way, she failed to “reset.” So her body keeps acting like it’s pregnant, but with no kid(s).

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Goat Journal May/June 2021
April 2, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Goat Journal May/June 2021 is in homes April 22nd but digital subscribers and All-Access members can read it NOW! Subscribe to Goat Journal for stories on getting started with a dairy goat herd, bucks with lactating udders, why people with cow milk protein allergies may tolerate goat milk, and a breed profile of the Toggenburg goat!

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