How To Raise Goats

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How to Care for Nursing Does

To help a nursing goat stay healthy, you must care for the udder and prevent mastitis. The udder is composed of two halves and is held up by ligaments in the front, back, and sides. Each half has a mammary [more…]

How to Hand-Milk a Goat

If you're raising goats as part of a green, sustainable lifestyle, you'll want to milk them. Hand-milking a goat isn't difficult, but you do have to practice to be efficient at it. Some goats are like [more…]

How to Machine-Milk a Goat

Raising goats for milk is part of a green lifestyle. If you don't think your hands are strong enough to hand-milk your goats, you have a problem such as carpal tunnel, or milking your goats by hand just [more…]

Selling Goat Milk Legally

Raising goats is part of a green, sustainable lifestyle, but if you want to sell your goat milk, you have to understand the laws. Although selling anything other than Grade [more…]

Ten Tips for Showing Goats

If you have purebred goats and are interested in competing or want to see how your goats compare to others of the same breed, you can show them at fairs and other events put on by different goat associations [more…]

How and When to Shear Your Goats

If you're raising goats to harvest the fiber for your own use or to sell, you need to know the basics of shearing. Not all goats have the same requirements. For example, you need to shear Angora goats [more…]

How to Clip Your Goat for Showing

To a show your goat, you need to pretty it up a bit by washing, clipping, and trimming hooves. Not all goat shows have the same grooming requirements, so check before you clip. Here are some hints for [more…]

How to Process Goat Fiber

Before you turn your goat fiber into yarn, you need to put it through several processes. To process your fiber, you need to wash, card or comb, and spin. Here are some hints for preparing goat fiber. [more…]

How to Assess Your Goat's Health by Observing Rumination

If you're new to raising goats in your effort to live sustainably, you may not know that rumination is a good indicator of your goat's health. Because rumination is an essential part of how goats digest [more…]

How to Castrate a Goat with an Elastrator Band

Castrating your kids is an easy procedure. If you are squeamish about it, have a veterinarian or a goatkeeper friend do it for you. If you want to observe before trying it yourself, volunteer to hold the [more…]

How to Control External Parasites on Your Goats

A green lifestyle that includes goats doesn't mean you have to live with ticks, mites, and fleas. External parasites are often just an annoyance, but they can lead to bacterial infections of the skin. [more…]

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