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    Understanding Goat Diseases

    Today I did a little research on three diseases goats can have. Our goats all came from clean herds, but I’m testing for it this summer too. It’s important to be able to say we are clean herd too, and we don’t want to bring it to any livestock shows. Everyone should follow these practices, I think! I just wanted to know a little bit more about these diseases before we begin testing. So, here you go.

  • 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
  • Boer Goats

    Boer babies

    Just a quick update on the baby boers they are both about 10-14 pounds and the baby boy has been dehorned. The baby girl will not be dehorned because it’s a characteristic for the goat to have their horns. They are both very playful and happy. One thing I found interesting is they are eating grain already, with our Nigerians they didn’t start eating grain until the Grant County Fair. So the babies are growing very fast.

  • Goats

    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.
  • Boer Goats

    Pumpkin’s Babies

    It is with great pride, that I’d like to introduce you to…….. Drumroll please….. Pumpkins babies!!!

    This is the doe.
    This is the buck.

    This past Tuesday (Feb. 4), Mom & I pulled up to the barn to the barn at 8pm after wrestling practice. I was only wearing a hoodie so it was cold. I walked into the barn when…… I heard the quietest BAAAAA of my goat career. Then I ran into our birthing pen to see two small black piles of cuteness. Both had brown eyes that were very small. There was one with black and white dapples. The other one was all black. I picked one up and started to dry it off. The fur was very slimy and wet. I checked to see if it was a boy or girl. It was a boy. My mom was there too and her kid was a girl. We helped them nurse off Pumpkin. Well, getting a very tired boer goat up isn’t as easy as you think. I pushed and pulled until she finally got up. I ran back to the house and grabbed a few more towels and headed out to the barn. We kept drying them off and helping them nurse. I saw that one of the kids had a weak leg so we picked up some selenium and kid colostrum. We gave her both of the supplements and this morning she was already looking better. Today she is on her feet and walking around.

  • Goats

    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.

  • Boer Goats,  Nigerian Goats

    2020 Goat Babies

    Pumpkin will give birth in 17 days. She was bred to Caprioles Frisky Whiskey from Ten Strike Ranch. Betsy Hyland Muehleip (Owner of Ten Strike Ranch.) Thank to for getting me stared with boer goats.

    Nestle will give birth in march. She was bred to Shrf Woody from Parrish Farms. Many thanks to Jennifer Parrish, click here for Parrish Farms website.

  • Goats

    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.