Featured Stories

San Clemente Island Bucks: Boys Will Be Boys
February 24, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

New owners have a vision of their bucks becoming violent, smelly, and crazed during the rutting season and a useless nuisance that hangs out in a corner throughout the rest of the year. Dispelling some of these myths can be an important part of raising San Clemente Island goats.

Read More
Five-Point Check for Worms
February 22, 2021 · · Goat Notes

Indiscriminate deworming, either by deworming on a schedule or without seeing any specific symptoms of a high worm load, can breed medication-resistant worms on your property. Before deworming, conduct a five-point check to assess if treatment is necessary. This involves assessing the eye, back, tail, coat, and jaw areas.

Read More
Body Condition Scoring (BCS) in Goats
February 22, 2021 · · Goat Notes

Different goat breeds come in different shapes and sizes. A large belly can mean pregnancy, body fat, a full rumen, or just relaxed ligaments. Weights can help measure medication doses but are not specifically indicative of body fat. A Body Condition Score helps identify obese animals and those needing to gain weight.

Read More
Raising Baby Goats In Cold Weather
February 20, 2021 · · Health

Freshening out does in cold weather can be a challenge, but those cute soft babies are well worth the obstacles of raising baby goats in cold weather.

Read More
Deep Freeze! How to Keep Goats Warm in Cold Weather
February 19, 2021 · · Health

How cold is too cold for a goat? Temperature can be the least of challenges when determining how to keep goats warm in cold weather.

Read More
What Guards Livestock Guardian Dogs?
February 18, 2021 · · Ownership

Livestock Guardian Dogs, or LGDs, protect our goats … but what protects our LGDs? For many ranches, the biggest threat to guardians is the law.

Read More
Breed Profile: Kri-Kri Goat
February 16, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

The kri-kri goat has lived feral on Crete for thousands of years since the early days of agriculture, revealing a glimpse of early goat domestication.

Read More
Root Bulbs, G6-S Testing Labs: Goat Genetic Tests 101
February 15, 2021 · · Health

When would you need a G6-S database and G6-S testing labs? If your Nubian goats have this genetic defect, it can be disastrous to your breeding program.

Read More
Can Premature Kids be Saved?
February 12, 2021 · · Health

Premature kids need immediate intervention and special care. Unfortunately, premature kids often turn into a loss for the farm. Not always, though. Evaluating the needs of a floppy kid as soon as possible helps you make an educated decision about your level of intervention.

Read More
When Were Goats Domesticated, and Where?
February 10, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

When and where were goats domesticated and how was it done? As one of the first farm animals domesticated from a wild goat species, goats have a fascinating past and give insights into early human history.

Read More