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

Rabies vs. Your Goat

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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How the California Fires Affected Dairy Goat Owners
June 24, 2021 · · Ownership

Believing the fire would follow at least a similar pattern to other years (5 out of the last 6), they went to bed that night firmly believing that it would be at least a few days before the farm could possibly be threatened if the fire moved east this year. A little before 3am, the call came to evacuate immediately.

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Transgenic Goats Saving Children
June 21, 2021 · · Ownership

Studies were first done with young pigs that had been inoculated with E. coli bacteria to induce diarrhea. One group was fed the lysozyme-rich milk while the other was fed unaltered goat milk. While both groups recovered, the study group which was fed the lysozyme-rich milk recovered faster, was less dehydrated, and had less damage to the intestinal tract.

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The Performance of Pack Goats
June 21, 2021 · · Ownership

Everyone in the goat packing world has slightly different preferences for their goats, but a few specifications remain consistent. Pack goats must be wethers.

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Patrick and Friends
May 24, 2021 · · Ownership

Lisa at Ruby Slipper Goat Rescue loves helping goats. She has become quite adept at helping goats who need a wheelchair, whether temporarily or permanently. Patrick is only the latest goat sporting wheels.

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What Diseases Can I Catch From My Goat?
March 22, 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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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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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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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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