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.
Read More

Articles by Rebecca Sanderson

How to Make Kefir Water and Milk Kefir
December 10, 2019 · · Home Dairy

There are different types of kefir you can make, each with options regarding how often you desire a new batch. Here is a tutorial of how to make kefir water and milk kefir, as well as different variations.

Read More
How to Make Kefir
December 9, 2019 · · Goat Notes

Kefir is a probiotic-rich milk drink similar to thin yogurt. Traditional kefir is made from cow, goat, or sheep milk, cultured by kefir grains composed of polysaccharides, bacteria, and yeast living in symbiosis. It is not possible to harness these in nature like with sourdough yeast; they must be acquired from someone who already has them.

Read More
Recognizing and Treating Anemia in Goats
October 21, 2019 · · Health

Anemia in goats can be deadly very quickly. The road to full recovery can take time, but without quick diagnosis and action, that recovery may never happen.

Read More
Rabies vs. Your Goat
October 6, 2019 · · Health, Members Only

Rabies is one of those diseases that strike instant fear in the hearts of people when they learn that they could have been exposed. This brings us to the questions of how is rabies transmitted plus should goat owners consider vaccinating their goats against it?

Read More
Livestock Guardian Dog Breed Comparison
October 1, 2019 · · Ownership

If you are considering a dog for your herd, consult a livestock guardian dog breed comparison and research the individual traits to find what will best suit your specific needs.

Read More
Can My Goat be Part of a Pet Therapy Program?
September 5, 2019 · · Kids' Corner, Ownership

Pet therapy programs are currently taking off. People everywhere are realizing the benefits that can come from interaction with animals. Therapy animals come in many forms such as dogs, horses, llamas, rabbits, and yes, even goats.

Read More
The Mycobacterium Complex
August 11, 2019 · · Health

A friend recently had to cull her entire herd due to poor biosecurity measures, and Stacy was taking no chances. Since her herd seemed healthy in every way, she was in total shock when one of her beloved goats had a low positive result for Johne’s disease.

Read More
Nutritional Differences of Goat Milk vs. Cow Milk
July 6, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites by Rebecca Sanderson What is the difference between goat milk vs. cow milk? Being similar livestock-type animals, the overall composition of their respective milks are quite similar, …

Read More
Rotational Grazing at BF Farm
June 9, 2019 · · Ownership

Through trial and error, Mark Bengtson and Jodey Fulcher have implemented a rotational grazing system that has allowed them to eventually stop using chemical deworming agents on their livestock.

Read More