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What to Do About Mastitis and Uneven Udders

By Nancy Nickel  Sometimes mastitis just happens. Even though the barn lot is kept dry and the bedding clean, the prewash and post-milking spray used effectively, sometimes an individual will …

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Sore Mouth in Goats

Kidding time can be very stressful. In addition to the complications of birth, ensuring that kids are healthy and growing is an arduous task. Young kids are particularly susceptible to a condition called sore mouth. As indicated by the name, affected kids have sores primarily on their mouths.

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When Are Goats Good Pets?
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

Many people have become goat owners because they fell in love with a tiny goat kid and decided to give goat ownership a try. Are goats good pets if you don’t live on a farm or homestead?

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Goat Lice: Are Your Goats Lousy?
March 14, 2019 . · Health

If your goats are biting and scratching, suspect lice. The easiest place to spot goat lice is just behind the foreleg, directly on the skin. Goat lice are very common …

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California’s Surfing Goats
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

Previously in Secret Life of Goats you’ve read about goat yoga, goat caddies, and even grazing goats on a restaurant roof. Now we bring you the secret life of surfing …

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Deep Freeze! How to Keep Goats Warm in Cold Weather
March 14, 2019 . · 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. I’ve lived in cold climates …

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How to Milk a Goat: Are You Hurting or Helping?

Knowing how to milk a goat is not quite as simple as it sounds! While nearly anyone can squeeze milk out of teat, milking goats the right way protects the …

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Back From the Vet: Q Fever in Goats

Q Fever refers to the infection of people with the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. So how is it that people contract this infection? To understand that, one must understand Coxiella.

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Breeding Resistance to Scrapie in Goats

Scrapie in goats is a deadly infectious disease that can shut down an entire operation with a single diagnosis. But scientists have concluded that two naturally occurring goat alleles in the prion gene each confer resistance to classical scrapie. You may already have these genetics in your herd.

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A Blind Calf and Her Guide Goat
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

Rosie looked like a normal, healthy calf. But owner Rick Friday soon learned she was blind and needed a friend to show her the way. This is the story of …

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