Katherine’s Corner May/June 2019: Do Goats Shed?

Katherine’s Corner May/June 2019: Do Goats Shed?
Katherine Drovdahl MH CA CR DipHIr CEIT QTP answers your question about enterotoxemia, shedding, and why you should keep sources of vitamin B12.  Q. Do goats shed?  A. While goats may not shed as noticeably as horses, they do shed. Incrementally dropping the hair coat late winter and through the spring months is your goat’s way of replacing old, overworked winter hair with younger hair to be ready for the coming year. That hair coat keeps your goat warm and protects skin from dirt, rain, and bugs, and may also alert you to increases or decreases in health. I like my goat and livestock hair to be naturally glossy, robust in color, and soft to signal that they are doing well nutritionally.  Q. How should I raise goats?  A.  Here are a few tips: We like kids to receive real CAE-negative goat milk for at least eight weeks but ideally up to 16 weeks before weaning, for an optimum start. We like them to have access to clean fresh water, loose minerals and/or kelp, a sea salt source, their

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