"Typically if a kid was born with something odd, such as an extra teat, it's considered a fault in the show ring. If they acquire something odd, such as having half of an ear freeze off due to frost bite, it's not a problem. I'd ask a…"
"So possibly parasites that just took advantage of his stressed state or an infection if it was done surgically. I don't know if it makes you feel better or not to know that this is the first time I've heard of a kid dying after castration.…"
"Congratulations! The doeling's pupil does look different. I haven't seen one like that before. Move your and in front of her eye to see if her vision is okay. If yes, then I wouldn't worry about it. There's not much you could do…"
"Sounds like he might have had something going on before the castration, as you said. Or if it was a surgical castration, maybe he got an infection? Too bad you didn't take his temperature. That would have given you an idea of what it was. How…"
"At their size, they're only going to need around 1 cc, so you'll just drip it between their shoulder blades and be done. No need to do anything else. It gets absorbed into their skin similar to the dog flea preventatives such as…"
"No. You don't use Frontline on goats. Sounds like this vet does not see goats, which would concern me if you have a more serious issue. Pour-on dewormers like ivermectin or Cydextin (moxidextin) are used for lice on goats. There is also a…"
"If you are going to be fertilizing, I wouldn't want any goats on there until you'd had a few rains. However, I'm not sure why you want to fertilize if you have livestock in there. We haven't fertilized in 14 years, and our…"
"It's all about supply and demand, so yes, extra attention on one side would cause it to produce more. Other than possibly causing a permanently uneven udder, which would be a problem in the show ring, it shouldn't cause any problems.…"
"I agree with Julianne about dirt floor with straw. Just be sure that the barn won't flood.
A closed building is fine if you have predators that might eat the goats at night, but you do NOT want the barn to be air tight because you will have…"
"Welcome to the group! I grew up in south Texas a long time ago.
One thing to keep in mind when you get your goats is that they will be terrified of your dogs, and your dogs may think the goats are their new toys. That's going to be quite a…"
Figure I'd give you an update on my doe. I've been using Solgar Chelated Zinc Tablets for almost 2 weeks and it seems to have made very fast difference in her hair and skin. Crust is gone! I've been dosing one 22mg tablet a day in milk stand feed. Though I was doing Eprinex pour-on before, that only seemed to work so much. I feel Zinc deficiency can be precursor to allow a mite attack and/or mimic it in ways. A lady I purchased a buck from had a doe with same condition for two winters we both had in our doe. She started using Zinpro Pro Care and saw great improvement.
This should be a help for future goat people looking for help and answers!
Thanks Deborah for the fast response! I concur with your thoughts on it being mites. I've picked up the Eprinex pour-on today and was planning on doing it tomorrow. Wondering what exactly you did to your girl. I was was going to do around 3ml down her back. How fast did you see results?
Few notes have your girls experience this before or recur in the same doe? Did her milk also cut back from symptoms of mites?
Hi Deborah, I'm the new member going to see my vet today. I seem to have two accounts on The Goat Spot. I signed up in October 2015 but when I revisited the site a few days ago I was informed that I didn't have an account and needed to sign up (again). How do I delete the first account I set up in October??
I just found out yesterday that Nigerian Dwarf's made it to our shores, which I'm really excited about, so I'm here to learn everything I can before I get started. Thank you for making this place, its awesome.
Just thought I'd let you know that we've decided to close our cheese business. In fact we're selling the goats and our farm. We're all healthy and fine, but we realized it wasn't something we were going to continue with.
We'd always planned for my husband to work less and less in the city and more and more on the farm, but his career took off in a way we never expected. Plus we had 3 kids in 4 years (now 6, 3 & 2) meaning I wasn't able to help out very much. We had a couple of employees, but really, we needed someone to run much of the farm side of things and that wasn't something we could afford to pay for. When our employee this year quit for a non-seasonal job and my husband returned to the twice a day milkings he found himself starting to doze off on his commute. We realized we had to choose between his career (which he really enjoys) and the cheese business. His career won. And then we decided that we don't want this whole farm with an hour commute to the city if we don't have a business.
We'll be moving into the city late winter. The plan is to be there for a couple of years to regroup and then we'll likely end up on an acreage possibly with a goat or two and some chickens.
It's a sucky decision, but at no point have we felt it was the wrong one. There were certainly a lot of tears as we said goodbye to favourite customers and certain goats.
I really appreciated this website as we were getting going, although I haven't been on it much in the past couple of years. Thank-you for all the information that you provided through it.
I just purchased and read your new book titled, "Just Kidding". I have to say, as I read your book, tears streamed down my face as I remembered all of the times I too have had uncommon births, other goat related problems or deaths.
Your honesty about your emotions, your second guessing your self, talking to your self, wondering if you should have done any thing differently, feeling guilty, wanting to get rid of your animals to save your self heartache in the future, all these things hit home with me. I have had goats since 2007 and I can relate to all of those feelings.
I find it comforting to know that others share the same emotions, thoughts and feelings. and that I am not alone in my thought process or how I have felt in times of a crisis. I have never had any goat mentors or goat friends who lived close, but I have been severely blessed to find an awesome vet office who has two female vets who are two of the best vets I have had the pleasure of taking my animals too. Every time I bring an animal their they are so encouraging, uplifting and reassuring of my care for my animals. Having someone in a time of crisis or having someone to talk to is such a great help when it comes to animal care. Sometimes we all need a sounding board or just reassurance that we have done all we know to do.
Thank you for your new book. It was an honor to read. I an grateful for your honesty, insight and willingness to sit down and take the time to write so that others can be blessed by your experiences and words. Thank you.
Hello Deborah, The webinar has been on for 11 minutes and I'm having trouble getting in. I did pay and received my link to the webinar and left it on the screen and then my computer froze and I cannot find the link to the webinar anymore. I know you are running the webinar now, but I would appreciate some help if you have someone who could send me the link again. Thank you
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