for people who love the littlest dairy goats
Welcome to the Working Goats Group! People wanted a site to learn, so I created this group. Below are a few bits of info to get you started! Also, be sure to check out the training forum, done in a weekly format!!
The book I use for training is "Training Your Goat To Pull A Cart" from Caprine Supply
Follow my training journal to learn even more!
I have written two articles for Ruminations magazine on this topic. Check out issue number 67 for equipment, and then 68 for training!
Harnesses are available from Hoegger Goat Supply. You can also make your own with the correct instructions or buy one harness and use it to pattern off of.
Making a Harness
Harness too expensive in this enconimic crisis? Say no more....check out this link I found on making one!
Wethers are said to be ideal because males can pull twice thier own weight and they don't stink like bucks. However, don't rules out your does. They can only pull their own weight, but sometimes have a more working personality than the males!
Because you start out with collar training, kids can be trained as early as 6 weeks. However, that is not to say that any adult goat can't be trained. My goats were not trained until they were 2. My other doe was 3, and my little wether will also be trained as a two year old. As long as you are willing to put in the time, any goat can be trained at any age.
An important rule to remember is that you should NEVER drive a doe in milk. And always remember the weight rules: A mature, full grown (2-3yrs.) male can pull twice it's own weight and a mature, full grown (2-3 yrs.) female can pull it's own weight!
Thanks for stopping by!
Hey All!Just wanted to let everyone know I've been doing a series of guest-blog-posts on the Thrifty Homesteader (Deborah Niemann's site) on Working Goats. All the posts can be found here: http://www.homegrownandhandmadethebook.com/search/label/cart%20training Enjoy! -WG4Continue
Hello! I have created a new collection of "journal entries" off to the left which documents my training this summer, as well as give insightful tips for your training. So, if you'd like to know how I do it, feel free to follow along. I'll be adding new pages as often as I can. But I also want to hear from you. Post here and tell us how your training is coming! I'd love to hear about it!Continue