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

Spring Rose the Geep: a Goat-Sheep Hybrid
June 22, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Sheep have 54 chromosomes while goats have 60. Because of this difference in the number of chromosomes, their offspring rarely survive to birth and are usually aborted.

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Nubian Ibex crosses at Porter Valley Ranch

Because there is no registration system, it is difficult or even impossible to know the bloodlines of a Nubian Ibex here in the US. A very small percentage are pure or close to pure.

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Superfetation in Goats
April 21, 2022 · · Health, Members Only

There are many biological processes that occur to prevent the possibility of superfetation, but we all know that nature isn’t perfect.

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Umbilical Cord Care: Avoiding Joint Ill in Goats
March 31, 2022 · · Health

Navel ill, more commonly known as joint ill in goats, occurs from bacteria entering the body usually via the umbilical cord.

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Judas Goats
January 27, 2022 · · Ownership

The goats in the islands essentially ate everything in sight. This caused erosion in some places and lack of natural food sources for many of the local wildlife, especially the tortoises.

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A Breakdown of Proteins in Curd vs. Whey
January 13, 2022 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites When making goat cheese, you end up with most of the protein in curd and lactose in the whey, but we can get a bit more specific …

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Goat Milk for Cow Milk Protein Allergies
November 29, 2021 · · Home Dairy

In the debate between goat milk vs. cow milk, there is often the question of whether a milk protein allergy to one equals an allergy to both. In short; yes and no.

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A Vaccine for Mastitis in Goats
November 18, 2021 · · Health

Mastitis in goats can be devastating to a dairy herd and backyard goat owners. Fortunately, there is a vaccine against one of the main bacterial causes of mastitis.

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Goat-Centered Traditions Around the World
November 15, 2021 · · 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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What Do Milk Expiration Dates Really Mean?
October 31, 2021 · · Home Dairy

Is the milk expiration date really a cut-off where you can no longer safely drink the milk? Is it guaranteed to stay good until that date?

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