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

What Do Milk Expiration Dates Really Mean?
March 7, 2020 · · 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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Selenium Deficiency and White Muscle Disease in Goats
March 5, 2020 · · Health

With kidding season around the corner, it’s time to talk about selenium deficiency. Selenium deficiency in goats can cause white muscle disease in goats, also known as nutritional muscular dystrophy.

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Malta and the (Seemingly) Never Ending Diarrhea
February 10, 2020 · · Health

Malta should have been healthy in every way, and seemed so except for her diarrhea. Malta suffered for nine months before an unconventional treatment finally cured her completely.

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What are Confinement Operations?
February 10, 2020 · · Feed & Housing

Not everyone has enough land for pasturing their herd. Even if they do, often it is more profitable to farm the land with crops than it would be to let an animal herd graze it. That doesn’t mean that they can’t have animals.

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A Miraculous Rescue from the Flood
February 10, 2020 · · Ownership

The San Clemente Island breed of goats have only about 800 left in the world. When a flood endangered 40% of them, a miraculous story of their rescue ensued.

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Natural Cultures in Your Food
February 10, 2020 · · Home Dairy

While our modern world often favors packaged starter cultures for consistency, natural cultures of bacteria and yeasts have been used for thousands of years to make or preserve food.

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How to Make Kefir Water and Milk Kefir
February 6, 2020 · · 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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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