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

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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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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Spring Rose the Geep: a Goat-Sheep Hybrid
October 6, 2021 · · 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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Team Snazzy Goat
August 22, 2021 · · Ownership

Goat pulling teams are awesomely different. When Mika came across old pictures of goats being used as pulling teams she thought, “Well, why not?”

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Janus, a Two-Headed Goat
August 5, 2021 · · 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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Secret Life of Goats: IMTUF Goats
August 4, 2021 · · Ownership

Bleary-eyed from staying awake all night, both humans and pack goats are exhausted as they now hike down the steep trail back to their vehicle. The runners only have 36 hours to complete the race with 20,000 feet of climb and descent.

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