• Goats

    Goat labor

    1. The early stages of labor is the goat will lay down and have hard contractions for about 12 hours. Another sign is the goat will be  licking its side trying to figure out what’s happening. Also some slime like stuff will come out of her butt when it’s getting close to labor, and I’ll need to check for her ligaments if they are gone. At this point, he is very close to giving birth.
    2. The doe will push harder and harder lining up the baby to shoot out. From the first time the goat has a hard push the baby will come out within 30 minutes. If not, find out where the baby is stuck or is there any problems with the doe or if a vet needs to help
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    Hoof Trimming season!!!

    It’s that time of year when we have to start trimming hooves.  When we start trimming the hoof we first dig out the dirt on the hoof, then we trim the walls, then we trim between the toes where the heels meet, and finally we trim the heels. Trimming hooves is very important. We need to trim the goats hooves so they don’t rot, but also for showing, the judge checks our goats hooves. Regular hoof care is a part of good goat ownership.

    This is Kims hoof after not being trimmed all winter.
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    Pumpkin’s Labor

    I’m very nervous about Pumpkin’s labor, and yet also excited about it. Also Pumpkin’s belly literally looks like a pumpkin. It’s that big. Our set up for her birth is two plywoood boards screwed to a wall with a ton of straw in the pen. If Pumpkin spits out girls, we will show them at the Grant County Fair, and if their boys, we will take them to the livestock auction at the Grant County Fair.

    This is Crystal from Blue Cactus Dairy Goats she will have a list of supplies she use’s for labor.

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    Goat Wind Break

    I wanted to make a wind break for the goats because the wind was coming from the north east and it was very cold. I made this wall the way I did because it was affordable and very strong.

    First, I drew up my design and went to Eastman Cartwright and picked up some two by four’s. I threw them in my mom’s truck and we drove on home. When we arrived home it was a pain to get it up. One of us had to hold up a two by four and the other would screw it into these big post that were supporting the barn. Then we screwed some OSB on to the two by four’s and called it a night.