This is a collection of ideas on how to make the most out of your herd, and help off-set operation costs of your Homestead.
After our experience starting out, I feel its important to share the cost of raising goats-- so that buyers can be a bit more informed, and make better purchasing choices for the animals they want to include on their farm. This is part 1 of a blog series, and is an Introduction to help you get the most out of your herd.....
We absolutely ADORE our minis, and in our opinion they truly are "The BEST lil'Dairy Goat in the West!" But everyone needs to make their OWN decision about what breed of goats to raise on their homestead--this is a short article on the history of the breed, why we chose them, and how they compare to the breeds that helped make them.
Its NOVEMBER, and that means a lot of things around here! But more importantly it means breeding season has begun for our goats and sheep. So as we make plans for who is going to be paired with who, there are a few health/ maintenance things that all our goats need before breeding actually takes place.
Keeping your goat's udder in top condition is very important! Here are some ideas/recipes for making an udder wash to keep your dairy goats clean, and their udder functioning!
After doing our own research on Herbs, and contemplating whether or not it is worth it to us to try an Herbal De-wormer, we have decided to take the plunge!
It has always surprised me why people seem to be so casual about allowing their goats to kid in their pens unassisted-- especially after selling our first doe 'Red' (the Nubian-Boer ding bat) to a family we thought was equipped to handle goats. We were shocked when we learned that the following spring she died during labor. And even more disappointed (a more 'polite' word than the emotion I had actually felt) when the family blamed the doe for not being capable of 'kidding easily', rather than taking responsibility for their own neglect!
Kidding, as many experienced goat owners know, is NERVE RACKING, you never know what to expect, and if you have owned goats long enough, there will come a time when a doe may need assistance; hence why good goat owners use kidding pens, mark down breeding dates, and anxiously dread--I mean await the arrival of their kids.
On the whole our does have been very good mothers, and have all had smooth labors. But, for what ever reason, this year has been rough on our does...
Are Minis Efficient Milk Producers??
We are often asked this question, and to us the answer is black & white, but for you skeptics out there, we want to share our experience so far...
After hearing about this stuff for about 2 years, and seeing it work in other herds we have finally entered into our very own 'Chaffhaye Trial.' I am happy to report that there is a feed store that actually carries this stuff, so we do not have to drive a ridiculous distance to get it!
As a new goat owner, you are probably starting out like the rest of us—dazed and confused by breeders flashing their ‘bloodlines,’ ‘strong dairy genetics,’ ‘dual-registered,’ ‘correct’ goats around on their websites and on local sales boards… And if you are currently anything like I was at the time that I was looking to purchase a dairy goat, you are also probably thinking the same thing I did… so before you give-up and purchase an unregistered goat, here is my experience and where it finally lead me..
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