Health

Goat Care During Fire Season
October 4, 2022 · · Health

When raising goats, prepare for many seasons: breeding season, kidding season, show season, winter — and for many in the western states, FIRE season.

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Meningeal Worms and Goats
September 14, 2022 · · Health

Meningeal worms are a parasite that primarily lives in the digestive system of white-tailed deer; however, brain worms can transmit to less-resistant hosts, including; moose, caribou, and domestic livestock. In other animals, meningeal worms cause behavioral changes, weakness, and death in infected animals.

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Preventing and Treating Coccidiosis in Goats
September 14, 2022 · · Health

If you see diarrhea among your goat herd — especially among the kids — then it’s likely that your animals are suffering from coccidiosis. Coccidiosis in goats is both common and easily prevented. Treated, it’s minor. Untreated, it can kill young animals and have lifelong health effects on survivors.

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Lice, Mites, Fleas, and Ticks
September 14, 2022 · · Health

Goats are like any other farm species for fleas, ticks, mites, and lice — they have ‘em. So, what’s a goat owner to do?

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Barber Poles: The Dreaded Parasite
September 14, 2022 · · Health, Members Only

The dreaded barber pole is possibly one of the most difficult parasites to manage in the goat industry. With a change in management practices and attention to detail, controlling barber poles doesn’t have to be a losing battle.

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Goat Lice: Are Your Goats Lousy?
September 14, 2022 · · Health

Goat lice are very common in winter months, and finding them does not mean you are a bad herdsman. If you don’t see them, it doesn’t mean they are not there.

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Veterinarian Breeding Soundness Exam

It is also essential that the buck you select can perform his job well. So, how does one know if a buck can breed well? Enter the breeding soundness examina.

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The Smelly Truth About Goat Reproduction
September 9, 2022 · · Health

If you will be breeding your goats this season you should know the smelly truth about goat reproduction. More than any other animal on the farm, goats alert your nose that breeding season has begun.

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10 Signs of Goat Heat
September 9, 2022 · · Health

Knowing the facts about goats and having the ability to recognize goat heat will equip you to take appropriate measures to either get your doe bred or keep her from getting pregnant, whichever is your goal.

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Tips for Flushing and Other Strategic Weight Gain
September 9, 2022 · · Health

At different points in a goat’s life, you may find that you will need to alter their diets to increase their weight (flushing).

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