As time allows, I am going to put in thoughts, comments, and websites about experiences that we have had personally, or others have asked us about. They are in no particular order.

TEATS:

Don’t just ask~~always, always look at them CLOSELY for yourself. I am convinced that they can change over time during their first year. The does are allowed 2 functioning teats per side, but there are not regulations for the bucks. The link below gives some very good illustrations. Please note the 3 sections–acceptable teat structures at top, unacceptable at the bottom, and “up to the judge” structures in the middle. This is teat structure area is one that we are still trying to figure out.

http://www.abga.org/teat-structure.php

DUE DATES:

Jack Mauldin has a great goat website, but this is probably the part I use the most.

http://www.jackmauldin.com/est_birthing_date.html

 

SNOTTY NOSES:

We tend to have a lot of junky noses in the spring. We were told that chewable Vitamin C, 500 mg (regular human variety from the local drug store) should help. It worked great! We gave 2 tabs twice a day until things cleared up. Most of the goats gobbled them up.

WORMING

This is an area that is a hot topic. We have talked to many long time breeders and vets, and there is very little agreement on just how to go about worming. The one common theme, though, is that it is ideal to do regular fecal testing and only worm when necessary according to the load found in the goat droppings. We personally worm the whole herd after a couple good hard frosts in the fall, the does after kidding, and mid to late summer. We like Ivermec, Safeguard, and Valbazen. We use all in the oral form. Valbazen is NOT to be given to pregnant does. I have listed 2 links below that may be helpful.

http://fiascofarm.com/goats/wormers.htm

http://goat-link.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=58&Itemid=46

 

 

Please remember that no one in our family is a vet, and it is wise to consult with one before treating your animal. These thoughts and suggestions are just from our personal experience.