Care & Grooming of Your Goats

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How to Train Your Goats for Packing

If you're raising goats as part of your effort to live a green lifestyle, you may want to train them for packing. Although you can train almost any goat to pack, you're better off looking for a goat with [more…]

How to Train a Goat to Pull a Cart

Whether you're raising goats as part of a green lifestyle or using goats as part of a 4-H project, you can train your goats to pull a cart. First, you teach a goat to pull an empty cart. Take plenty of [more…]

How to Groom Your Goats

If you're raising goats as part of a green lifestyle, your goats won't require a lot of grooming. But grooming pays dividends in the long run by making the goat feel better [more…]

How to Clip Your Goat's Hair

Keeping goats can be part of a green lifestyle, and although goats are pretty low maintenance as far as grooming goes, an annual clipping is a good idea for all goats. Shorter hair helps goats stay cooler [more…]

How to Trim a Goat's Hooves

Grooming a goat is pretty basic, and keeping a goat's hooves trimmed is one of the easiest, least expensive, and most important parts of goat care. Regular trimming takes very little time and cuts down [more…]

Deciding Whether to Disbud Your Goats

Dairy goats are generally disbudded, although a minority of goat owners prefer horns because they believe it is more natural. Fiber goats are often left with horns, which are believed to help with temperature [more…]

How to Disbud a Kid (Baby Goat)

If you've decided to disbud your goats, you have to decide whether to use a veterinarian, have an experienced goat friend disbud, or do it yourself. Unless you disbud kids under anesthesia, a kid holding [more…]

How to Prevent and Deal with Scurs after Disbudding a Goat

The process of disbudding a kid burns through the skin and horn bud, stopping the blood supply to the horn buds and causing them to eventually fall off, if all goes well. If they do grow back, the partial [more…]

How to Tattoo Your Goats for Easy Identification

No matter whether you're keeping goats because they contribute to a sustainable lifestyle or as a 4-H project for your kids, you'll need to mark them for easy identification. Tattooing your goats is relatively [more…]

How to Microchip Your Goat for Easy Identification

If you live in a state that doesn't require identification, you don't have to permanently identify unregistered goats. If you get a registered goat, it should already have a microchip or tattoo, and if [more…]

Advanced Goat Training

Goats are very smart and, despite their independence, can be taught to do much more than follow on a lead or come when called. Start training when goats are kids if you want to succeed with advanced training [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…]

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