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Breed lines that once had a defect?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 31. 1 Reply

Last year, one of my breeding pairs resulted in a doeling with a large teat spur.This year, both goats of that pair were bred to different goats and all the kids came out great.Would you breed either…Continue

Burdizzo fail

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 31. 3 Replies

Two months ago, I castrated an 11 month old with a burdizzo (emasculator from Jeffers), and only one side took.This definitely could have been operator error, it was my first time using the tool, but…Continue

Mud in vagina?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jess Johnson Dec 5, 2016. 5 Replies

One of my does is in heat today, so I left her and a buck alone outside while I did chores this morning.When I put her back with the other girls, I saw that her vulva was COVERED in mud.  There was…Continue

Kids with sparse facial hair

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 20, 2015. 6 Replies

I have two seventeen day old kids (my first!) whose hair from their eyes to their nose is thin.  Their hair looked normal at birth; it's kind of like the hair on their faces got behind in their…Continue

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Jess Johnson replied to Rachelle Eaton's discussion Ideal Goat "Pasture"?
"I have my goats in the woods and it hasn't been ideal. The canopy is pretty tall and tightly spaced, so not much light penetrates through. There isn't much young/new growth for them to munch on so it's like a dry lot. Only it's…"
Jun 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Burdizzo fail
"That is a really big gap between the tooth on the edge and the piece that crushes. I've heard that those have more failures, but since mine has very little space in there, I don't have personal experience with a big gap like that. I'm…"
May 31
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Breed lines that once had a defect?
"It's obvious when you look at boer goats, as well as sheep, that if you totally ignore extra teats, they will be reproduced in offspring again and again. However, I think there might also be a nutritional component because we had a LOT of teat…"
May 31
Jess Johnson posted a discussion

Breed lines that once had a defect?

Last year, one of my breeding pairs resulted in a doeling with a large teat spur.This year, both goats of that pair were bred to different goats and all the kids came out great.Would you breed either goat to the other's offspring? Or the offspring to each other?I'm not sure how many generations to wait before crossing those lines again, if ever.They each had a doeling and a buckling and I'm trying to decide if the boys should be weathers or bucks, and, along with other factors of course, this…See More
May 30
Jess Johnson replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Burdizzo fail
"I ended up using the tool upside down and it worked. I'll attach a photo of the tool I used. It's not the easiest to see, but it's perfectly flush at the top and very gradually separates along the way to the bottom."
May 30
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Burdizzo fail
"You wouldn't be able to see the scrotum as well if you held the burdizzo upside down, but assuming you crunched the cord, it would work. I personally hold the cord with one hand while closing the burdizzo with the other hand, so the cord…"
Apr 3
Jess Johnson replied to Jeff Windham's discussion Separating my Buck
"Since my does and buck lived together for my first kidding, I'll chime in. I never anticipated keeping does and bucks together, but I bought a buck ahead of schedule since I couldn't get my one doe bred via driveway breeding. So two does…"
Dec 16, 2016
Jess Johnson replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Mud in vagina?
"Don't know if that's in your book, or if I've just seen it here, but I repeat that in my mind, too, when I start to get nervous about something. Thankfully, that's been happening less and less the longer I have goats. Thanks,…"
Dec 5, 2016
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Mud in vagina?
"Thanks for sharing that, Michael! Reminds me of the vet professor 11-12 years ago who said, "I have a hard time getting excited if a goat is walking around, eating, drinking, and chewing its cud," when I rushed in a goat I thought I was…"
Dec 5, 2016
Michael Garwood replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Mud in vagina?
"Years and years ago I was a paramedic. One of the really early rules I learned was "Treat the patient, not what you think" meaning more particularly, that one shouldn't medicate unnecessarily.  I don't mean to be flippant,…"
Dec 3, 2016
Jess Johnson replied to Jeffrey Wasserman's discussion Goat bloat
"If it were bloat, yes, I'd think they'd be dead by now. And they'd probably be feeling too ill to eat anything. Were lethargy and decreased appetite the initial symptoms, too? If those are more recent symptoms they could be in…"
Dec 3, 2016
Jess Johnson replied to Jeffrey Wasserman's discussion Goat bloat
"When did you first suspect bloat and when did the treatments start? Are they behaving abnormally? Or in distress?"
Dec 3, 2016
Jess Johnson replied to Jeffrey Wasserman's discussion Goat bloat
"I can't speak from personal experience, but I've read more than a couple of times that giving them 1/4 cup of vegetable oil helps. Good luck."
Dec 3, 2016
Jess Johnson replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Mud in vagina?
"My internal dialogue kept going between "They're pretty resilient" and "But there are things that can take them down in an hour." I was hoping not to use antibiotics as a precaution, and know most on this board…"
Dec 3, 2016
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Mud in vagina?
"Can't say I've ever experienced that exactly. We did once have a sow (pig) that gave birth, and a boar was trying to mate her a day or two later. I was really freaked out because there is an open wound where the placenta separated, so…"
Dec 1, 2016
Jess Johnson posted a discussion

Mud in vagina?

One of my does is in heat today, so I left her and a buck alone outside while I did chores this morning.When I put her back with the other girls, I saw that her vulva was COVERED in mud.  There was also a bit of white discharge, so, knowing the buck did his job, I'm worried she may have some mud internally.  If so, should I be worried about infection?  Anything I should do for her as a precaution?Thanks!See More
Dec 1, 2016

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