Health

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 Guide to Eye Problems and Eye Infections in Goats
March 30, 2022 · · Health

The most important part of owning goats is keeping them healthy, and the best way to do this is to examine them regularly and act fast when you see a problem developing. While eye infections in goats are common, they are generally easy to treat and, if caught early, leave no lasting problems.

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Boy Bands are Back! Banding Goats 101
March 29, 2022 · · Health

Banding goats … it is how we castrate males that will not be used as bucks. Using a tool called an elastrator, a thick rubber band (green Cheerio) is placed on the scrotum above the testes, eliminating blood flow, so that the testicles stop developing, shrivel, and fall off.

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What to do in a Kidding Emergency
March 28, 2022 · · Health

Add to Favorites By Linda Carlson The vast majority of births in the goat barn proceed in a normal and healthy manner, but it is good to know what to …

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Preparing for Kidding
March 28, 2022 · · Health

Add to Favorites 2 months prior to due date: Dry off doe: Does should have 2 months off from milking before they kid again. 6 weeks prior to due date: …

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The Kidding Kit: Be Ready for Goat Delivery
March 23, 2022 · · Health, Ownership

As with humans, ample planning is needed prior to a goat delivery. And in a perfect world, this exciting time would go by without a hitch, and usually does go well, but sometimes goes wrong in every conceivable way.

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Back from The Vet: Just Kidding

While does most commonly deliver their kids without incident, proper preparation ensures that when problems with kidding arise, they can be identified and corrected quickly.

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Kidding Oddities
March 21, 2022 · · Health, Members Only

Why do goat birth defects happen? Unexpected outcomes range from unusual to unsustainable deformities in rare cases.

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Urolithiasis in Goats

While springtime goat care often focuses on does and kidding, don’t forget the male goats in your herd. Serious health issues can result from lumping their care in with late gestation does.

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The Basics of Caring for Goats
March 21, 2022 · · Health

When building a herd health program from the ground up, beginning with the basics of caring for goats is best. One needs to consider the basics of the environment for the herd, their nutrition program, hoof care, and fiber care.

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