Considerations When Buying Your First Goat

The domestic goat, also known as Capra aegagrus hircus, is one of the oldest domesticated animals in the world. Goats are an excellent source of milk, meat, hair, and skin. They are beneficial to humans whether they are alive or deceased. Additionally, since goats are widely farmed, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization recorded […]

How to Recognize a Sick Goat: Signs to Call a Vet

If goats could only tell people how they feel, it would be easier to for their owners to tell what their problem is. However, goats have their own language too. It is easy enough for you to learn how to recognize a sick goat. Healthy goat behavior is distinct from a sick goat’s. Before you […]

Pygmy Goats for the Novice

A pygmy goat is a breed of a goat that can be kept as a pet or a livestock. Even though, this goat can be used as a milk producer. The goat is quite, can easily adapt to a new environment hence it is suitable for the novice. The fact that the goat can easily […]

Pygmy Goats as Pets

Having unusual pets is a hobby for some people. Some people like to keep wild felines and teacup pigs, while others find it rewarding to keep a pygmy goat as a pet. One thing to remember about keeping goats as pets is that they require a much different approach in contrast to taking care of […]

Buying Your First Goat

For the first-timers, buying your first goat is always an exciting time. Same goes for those who already have many animals, adding a few more to the family is addicting too. What you are about to read is designed to help those who are buying a goat for the first time. Fencing and Housing Some […]

The Advantages of Buying Goats from A Tested Herd

  Introduction To some people, tested goats do not mean anything and to others they might have heard about it but really do not care. However, being informed and educated about the importance of buying tested goats means everything. It does not matter the type of goat you prefer; it is very important to have […]

Caprine Arthritic Encephalitis – The Silent Killer

CAPRINE ARTHRITIC ENCEPHALITIS – THE SILENT KILLER by: Suzanne W. Gasparotto Caprine Arthritic Encephalitis (CAE), discovered by researchers at Washington State University over 20 years ago, is a viral infection in goats which can cause encephalitis in kids and chronic joint disease in adults. The elusive nature of CAE complicates the goat raiser’s ability to […]

Bottle Feeding

BOTTLE FEEDING By LORRIE BLACKBURN, D.V.M. Pygmy does are usually excellent mothers, and often the mother of quad­ruplets will try, and succeed, in raising all four babies herself. Occasions do arise, however, when the newborn kids must be bottle-fed entirely, or at least supplemented. If you have any idea that a kid will need supplementing, […]

Summer Heat and Goat Health

Goats are probably one of the most important and most versatile livestock in the cattle industry. The traditional milk cow, sheep, rabbits, chickens, ducks, and turkeys all have their particular uses, but none will provide all of the following: milk, cheese, meat, cashmere, and a hiking trip companion. Goats come in a variety of breeds […]