About the Author

Rebecca Sanderson

Rebecca grew up in a small town with a backyard full of animals. She graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology. Her background in health and nutrition gives her a unique perspective on animal husbandry as well as the ability to read those awful research papers to find the needed information. In addition to writing, Rebecca also works as a certified personal trainer.
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Articles by Rebecca Sanderson

The Mycobacterium Complex
August 22, 2022 · · 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.

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Maunchie the Unicorn – I Mean Goat!
August 10, 2022 · · Ownership

One thing led to another, and before you knew it Kalie’s white La Mancha had a rainbow faux-hawk!

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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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Do You Know Where Your Dogs Are?
January 1, 2022 · · Ownership

Add to Favorites Yvette lives in the open country as do Skip and Jill. Their small herds of goats generally live a peaceful existence with the occasional predator of the …

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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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