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How to Dehorn a Goat: Early Disbudding
March 31, 2022 · · Health

Learning how to dehorn a goat is a task to understand before breeding, if you are preparing to keep a milking doe. Early disbudding makes the horn buds unable to become full-sized horns.

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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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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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Goat Behavior Demystified
March 26, 2022 · · Ownership

Goat behavior can sometimes be disconcerting and seem illogical. When we see goats in the light of their natural lives, their behavior makes sense. Wondering why goats headbutt, climb, waste food, and escape? Read on!

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The Doe Code
March 24, 2022 · · Ownership

Oh, the game is strong with this experienced one… She knows the Doe Code all too well! Contractions about a minute apart. Why is our goat in labor tonight?

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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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