About the Author

Rebecca Sanderson

I grew up in a very small town in Idaho with a backyard full of chickens, goats, sometimes sheep, sometimes ducks, and other random animals in addition to the standard cats and dogs. I am now married with two little girls and love the homesteading life! My husband is very supportive (tolerant) of my continued experiments in making many items from scratch, and he even helps sometimes.
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Articles by Rebecca Sanderson

Exes and Does
March 8, 2021 · · Ownership

For Elle King, the chaos of 2020 was a wake-up call to decide what was important and what she wanted to remain in her life. She had always dreamed of the farm life and having animals, so Elle decided that now was the time to make that dream a reality.

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Mr. Mayhem the Paddleboarding Goat
February 25, 2021 · · Ownership

While on the various rivers and lakes in western Idaho, you may be fortunate enough to see a rare sight. That rare sight is a goat happily standing on a paddleboard floating on the water.

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What Diseases Can I Catch From My Goat?
February 4, 2021 · · Health

There are quite a number of zoonotic diseases, or diseases than can pass from animal to human. Here is a list of those that you may encounter in the United States.

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Iodine Deficiency in Goats
October 9, 2020 · · Health

Goiters don’t only happen in humans; they can happen in animals, too. Goats are especially susceptible to goiters and iodine deficiency.

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Goat-Centered Traditions Around the World
October 9, 2020 · · Ownership

Goats are an important aspect of many cultures around the world. Here we explore some goat traditions that are dear to the people who uphold them.

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The Gävle Goat
October 9, 2020 · · Ownership

A 42-foot high straw goat, termed the Gävle Goat, is erected each year but often meets an unfortunate fate before the end of Advent.

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Janus, a Two-Headed Goat
September 11, 2020 · · Ownership

When Jocelyn went in to feel if the kid needed to be turned or assisted out, what she felt confused her. The little buckling had two heads.

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Registering Your Goat
August 5, 2020 · · Ownership

Goat registries are very beneficial when you want to have the best of a particular breed. Find a list of goat registries here.

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Hermaphroditism and Polled Goats
August 5, 2020 · · Health

Hermaphroditism is not uncommon among goats, especially dairy goats of Western European descent. Before people realized the correlation between goats being polled and possible hermaphroditism, rates were as high as 6-11% of goat herds in the U.S in the early 20th century.

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A Story of Urinary Calculi
August 5, 2020 · · Health

Chip was standing very still and “looked sick.” He would also occasionally strain, as if he were sneezing but without the sneeze part. He had urinary calculi.

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