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Article on Barber's Pole Worm Research

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Interesting Study Results

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 6, 2013. 3 Replies

This is a study that was done on Swedish milk goats to see if there would be much of a difference in fat content/cheese yield depending on when/if kids nursed before or after milking. …Continue

Turkey Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marin Waddell Jul 4, 2013. 3 Replies

So, a little off-topic for goats, but I though maybe someone might have some ideas.My border collie managed to get into the barn through the cat door and attacked my 4 week old turkey poults. They're…Continue

Info for Canadian Breeders

Started May 14, 2013 0 Replies

My Provincial Goat Association just sent out this info about changes to Import Requirements for small ruminants. If any of you have looked into importing NDGs from the US you know that it's basically…Continue

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Marin Waddell replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Coccidiosis over and over. Advice for keeping kids feet out of feeders?
"Doh! I'm not getting notifications when there are further responses to things I posted on and I completely forgot to come back and check, I'm so sorry! It's probably too late, but my Baycox is 50mg/ml and I gave 1ml to each kid. I…"
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Marin Waddell replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Coccidiosis over and over. Advice for keeping kids feet out of feeders?
"We have had issues with coccidia here in previous years. It happens once we separate and wean the kids. One of the issues is that our weaning pen is hard to keep clean. We have a tractor that should be arriving this week to help with that. Anyway,…"
Jul 19
Marin Waddell replied to Myra Isaac's discussion Help!!! One kid born, others????
"We had a doe deliver a 4th several hours after the 3rd this year. My husband was supervising the birth while I was out, and texted me saying that Rosie had triplets but he wasn't certain that she was done. She wasn't in distress though,…"
Jun 18
Marin Waddell replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Help with milking process for first-timers
"Wow, my grammar and punctuation was terrible in that response, but I'm on my phone so I'm not correcting it:-)"
Jun 3
Marin Waddell replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Help with milking process for first-timers
"We have commercial cheese business so we do pasteurize. However, boiling is not pasteurizing. Boiling basically destroys the milk. It can't be used to make cheese. If you are interested in pasteurizing the household way to do it is to keep it…"
Jun 3
Marin Waddell replied to salviadorrii's discussion can not find buyers for my kids
"For us, if the goats have reached at least 40lbs then the hanging carcass weight is about 45% of the live weight. If we slaughter at less than 40lbs the percentage is much lower."
Jun 3
Marin Waddell replied to salviadorrii's discussion can not find buyers for my kids
"We prefer to sell our 'extras' as meat. I don't even advertise live goats for sale, although if someone tracks me down looking to buy and we have something available I will consider it. The first two goats we ever sold both ended up…"
Jun 2
Patty Meyer replied to Marin Waddell's discussion Cajeta in the group Making Dairy Products
"I've made a soft caramel candy by accident (simmering the cajeta too long) that we ate by the spoonful.  It was absolutely delicious!  Please tell us about the candy if you make it. :)"
May 21
Marin Waddell replied to Rebekah's discussion Water Quality and Minerals
"Yup, the scant 1/4 tsp is for the Nigerians. We do a heaping 1/4 tsp for our full-size LaManchas. It might not be as accurate, but our LaManchas don't seem to have as much problem with copper deficiency as our Nigerians. If you're going to…"
May 19
Marin Waddell replied to Rebekah's discussion Water Quality and Minerals
"Hi Rebekah, Yes, COWP, copper oxide wire particulate is the same thing as copper bolus. We have 75+ goats so I buy the big cattle sized ones and empty them. I've figured out that an appropriate dose is a scant 1/4 tsp so I scoop it onto their…"
May 19
Marin Waddell replied to Rebekah's discussion Water Quality and Minerals
"We're in the same situation as you with our well water: softener + iron/manganese filter for household use + RO for drinking. (Actually right now our well is doing it's best to go dry so we've had to stop using filters and buy our…"
May 18
Marin Waddell replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Mites?
"Is the vet you found in Canada? There could be licensing issues. The vet clinic I go to has one vet on staff who can write American prescriptions so, although I don't know the specifics of it all, there is a difference. And if you're…"
May 11
Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Marin Waddell's discussion Cajeta in the group Making Dairy Products
"YUM! I make cajeta from Deborah's recipe all the time for coffee. I'd like to try the honey one...  Let us know if the candy turns out!"
May 4
Marin Waddell replied to Marin Waddell's discussion Cajeta in the group Making Dairy Products
"I did a small batch of the honey cajeta today and it turned out awesome. We may actually switch over to it completely as we use local honey and that would appeal to our customers. I used 1 litre of milk, 3/4 cup of honey (honey being sweeter than…"
May 3
Marin Waddell replied to Marin Waddell's discussion Cajeta in the group Making Dairy Products
"So between the two of us we managed to add waaay too much baking soda and ruined the cajeta. About to attempt this again. "
May 3
Rachel Payne replied to Marin Waddell's discussion Cajeta in the group Making Dairy Products
"I love cajeta! Yes, please do let us know how it turns out. "
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Wintering Our Goats

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 12:30pm 4 Comments

 I thought I'd share a little about how we've set up our barn for the goats for the winter. We have a 17m X 24m (~56' X 80') pole shelter. From what we can tell it was originally just a roof with no walls, possibly intended for hay storage, but at some point it was enclosed with plywood. Over time this plywood has deteriorated leaving gaps. We live on the Canadian Prairies and temperatures get pretty cold. The goats do just fine in our big breezy set-up. 

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Injured Teat

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 10:53pm 16 Comments

Today at milking time I noticed a bit of blood on the paper towel that I used to wash Sumac's udder with. I took a look and saw that she had a bad cut on it. This happens from time to time as some of our fencing is barbed wire and the goats like to find places to squeeze through it. When it happens we carefully hand-milk the doe rather than using the machine, and we keep the cut dry and clean until it heals. Sumac's cut was pretty deep and I could see something that I thought might be the…

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The First Year of our Cheese Business (and the time leading up to it)

Posted on January 22, 2012 at 6:24pm 1 Comment

After almost 5 years of planning and dreaming we finally got our goat cheese business up and running in 2011. The idea was planted in our heads after our honeymoon in France in October 2006 where we ate large amounts of cheese, much of it goat cheese, and realized that there was no local cheese production in our home province of Saskatchewan, Canada. It was a niche that we thought we could fill. We were still living in the city at the time so we started keeping an eye out for acreages or…

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Caseous Lymphadenitis

Posted on August 3, 2011 at 6:00pm 7 Comments

I think we have it. We purchased several La Mancha does about 10 days ago and one of them has a lump between her hip and ribcage. I called the breeder up and he said yup, he just found a CL lump on one of the does he still has. 

We're at a loss as to what to do. CL doesn't spread to humans through milk. We need the milk from all the does in order to run our pasteurizer. 

After seeing the lump on the one doe I started checking out all our does very carefully and found a…

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At 5:45pm on June 16, 2013, Maria O said…

Hi Marin,

Nice to hear from you, there aren't many ND breeders in Canada.  In Nova Scotia, I find that Pygmy is often used interchangeably with Nigerian Dwarf, unfortunately. 

Yes, I'm bringing in does and a buck from several different lines in New England. I noticed your post about the import requirements changing to include bucks, do you know when that's happening?

At 12:46pm on February 12, 2013, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…

I wouldn't think it would cause a problem with eating because they have no teeth on the top anyway. As long as his molars line up, he should be fine. It is a disqualification in the show ring. However, I'm assuming his future is meat anyway, so shouldn't be a problem.

At 9:29pm on August 26, 2012, Patty Meyer said…

Hi Marin-

I'm wondering how Sumac is doing?  It's such a strange thing that's happened to her that I can't stop wondering how she's healing.  Hope all's well for her and for you!

At 11:59pm on August 3, 2012, Suzanne Shaw said…

Hi Marin, I'm a fairly new goat owner,  I've had my doe and wether for about two years now and my doe just recently was a first freshner (July 24th!) to two bucklings.  I was really interested in your usage of breast milk on eye irritations since one of my baby boys has a little bit of white discharge coming out of the corner of his left eye.  There is no swelling or any other problems, so I tried to take your advice and tried to milk her so I could put some in her baby's eye but she had never been milked before and kept running away from me ( she lets her babies milk just fine!) the little stinker!!  So I have started a saline rinse followed by a little antibiotic ointment I hope it works, but I'm not giving up on future goat milk applications (especially if the antibiotic ointment doesn't help).  Wish me luck!  Sorry this is so long:)

At 12:51pm on February 20, 2012, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…

We have the least expensive monitor I could find ($15) and it picks up sound from a good distance. We have it at the end of the barn closest to the house, and the goats are at the other end of the barn -- so about 60 feet away from the monitor. It doesn't pick up little sounds, but it does pick up screaming from either does or kids. It will pick up softer sounds if it's closer to them, but it doesn't work for us because we have a metal barn, so we need to have the monitor next to the open door so there is no metal between the monitor and the receiver in our house.

At 9:58pm on August 21, 2011, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…
Congratulations! That is wonderful news!
At 9:22pm on June 6, 2011, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…
Happy birthday!
At 2:42pm on May 25, 2011, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…
We have 32 acres with a 1/3 acre pond. The duck population varies from 4 to 15, depending upon coyotes. The ducks only range out over about 10 acres. They're pretty much home-bodies. We don't have that many muscovies any longer. Actually we're down to 3 Cayugas, 2 muscovies, and 1 Indian runner that is 9 years old. I'm thinking of ordering another 15 this summer -- maybe Rouens this time.
At 6:18pm on May 2, 2011, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…
Congratulations! What page is the story on? You should post about it in the "Goat Friends" forum.
At 7:23pm on April 22, 2011, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…
So sorry about the doe-buck ratio, but at least the doeling didn't have any problems today. Congratulations! I'm trying to remember how miserable I was waiting for my pen bred does to kid in February so that I won't do that again.
 
 
 

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