Category: Goats

Goat or Cow? The Right Homestead Dairy Animal For Your Family

Alpine Nanny Goat

So you are ready for a homestead dairy animal but don’t know which animal to choose. Should it be a dairy goat or a dairy cow? Here’s some practical advice to help you make the right decision. There’s A Difference My husband and I have a mixed dairy marriage. He’s a “goat person” and I’m…

Retained Placenta in Sheep & Goats – Treatment & Considerations

Shedding A Placenta

Normally after lambing or kidding, a ewe or nanny will expel the afterbirth or placenta within an hour or two. But sometimes the placenta can be stubborn about being released during the cleansing phase of lambing or kidding. In sheep and goats a placenta that does not evacuate the uterus after about 12 hours or…

Care And Management Of Hypothermic Lambs & Kid Goats

A Mildly Hypothermic Lamb

Gosh it’s cold outside! Hypothermic lambs and kid goats can become a real problem in this kind of weather. Throughout much of North America, the record cold is interfering with the health and well-being of many early season neonatal lambs and goat kids. Lambs and goat kids can take quite a bit of cold as…

Bottle Jaw – What You Need To Know

A Bottle jaw

Bottle jaw is the vernacular term given to pendulous lower jaw swelling in sheep, cattle and goats. The swelling is a soft tissue edema cause by anemia. It is characteristic in animals that are carrying a heavy load of blood sucking internal parasites – better known as worms. Most often in sheep and gaots, the…

Pick The Time Of Day When Lambs or Kids Are Born

A Group Of Pregnant Border Cheviot Ewes

Did you know that the way a pregnant ewe or nanny goat is managed can influence when she will lamb or kid, and how quickly she’ll lamb or kid? It’s true. The time of day that a pregnant ewe or nanny goat is fed can influence when she will lamb or kid and how quickly…

Foot Scald & Foot Rot In Sheep & Goats

Foot Scald

The ewe in the picture below has sore feet. Her kneeling stance is typical of either foot scald or foot rot. The ewe to the right of her, who is lying down, also has sore feet. All foot problems in sheep and in goats should be investigated and treated as soon as possible. There are…