Infection at Goat’s Disbudding Site
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Infection at Goat’s Disbudding Site

Infections, though uncommon, can occur when a disbudding site is not fully cauterized. These sites may need to be redone to prevent scurs. Maggie in our goat group graciously allowed me to use her image to demonstrate what this type of infection may present like. Weeping, oozing, puss and discharge can indicate an active infection….

5 Rules for Raising Healthy Buck Kids: A Lighthearted (Sort of) Look at Common Buck Kid Beliefs

5 Rules for Raising Healthy Buck Kids: A Lighthearted (Sort of) Look at Common Buck Kid Beliefs

Warning: strong opinions will be voiced in this article.  I am pretty passionately outspoken about my thoughts on how buck kids are treated but remember, you came here to this website to read and what you’re going to get here is me.  It’s also meant to be an exaggerated, humorous look at the way Internetland approaches…

Disbudding

Disbudding

Disbudding is the process of permanent horn removal.  It is done through the use of a disbudding iron heated to very high temperatures to burn away the tissue that will create horn growth.  When I had my first goats disbudded something like 15 years ago, the long time goat farmer I took them to mentioned…

Using a Kid Creep

Using a Kid Creep

Kid creeps are a great way to provide kid-specific care while keeping larger goats away.  This brief article details how and when to use one and includes photos of various iterations we’ve implemented on our farm. What is a Kid Creep? A kid creep is simply a space–a shelter, fenced area or any other area…

Coccidiosis Prevention and Treatment
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Coccidiosis Prevention and Treatment

Hands down, number one, the big winner for coccidiosis prevention and treatment is oregano essential oil. Let’s look at the data. My initial research into oregano essential oil led me to studies done on oregano as a coccidiostat in chickens.  Here’s one combining garlic and oregano, never a bad idea: In conclusion, the combined supplementation…

E-Coli in Kids
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E-Coli in Kids

According to mainstream sources, e-coli is most prevalent in dirty conditions.  If you’re here because you suspect a case, it’s a good idea to evaluate your setup, but understand that things just happen sometimes and if you’re making any effort at all at hygiene in your herd, it’s likely a fluke.  In other words, don’t…