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Article on Barber's Pole Worm Research

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patty Meyer Sep 14, 2013. 1 Reply


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 liked Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres's discussion Heat Lamp Safety
Apr 8
Marin Waddell replied to Rose Stuart's discussion pasture fencing
"Sigh. I hate trying to figure out fencing for goats. The other thing we're looking at is this:"
Mar 27
Marin Waddell replied to Rose Stuart's discussion pasture fencing
"The electric we're considering would be 5-strand high-tensile. Strands 1-3-5 would be live, and 2-4 grounded. We have about 60 acres we're hoping to get fenced this year, with more in future years. We've spoken to another local goat…"
Mar 26
Marin Waddell replied to Rose Stuart's discussion pasture fencing
"My husband was sure that if he used enough strands of barbed wire that the goats wouldn't try to go through. Didn't work. Now we're looking at doing electric. I agree with Rachel, that electric would be the best idea. I believe it…"
Mar 25
Marin Waddell replied to Juliana Goodwin's discussion Does not settling?
"Resurrecting this thread. Juliana, did your doe get pregnant? I have a doe here who won't get pregnant. She kidded in 2009, 2011 & 2012. In 2012 she had triplets, one stillborn, one died at birth, and one that I pulled after she'd been…"
Mar 24
Marin Waddell replied to Elaine Caton, Madeline and Iris's discussion First kidding-worried!
"Just a question about the amount of milk. 1cc=1ml, and there are approximately 30ml in a fluid ounce. So shouldn't a 3cc syringe need to be filled 10 times to make an ounce? Logically this makes sense to me, but when I was feeding a tiny…"
Mar 14
Marin Waddell replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Kidding positions... great illustrations!
"Thanks Rachel & Deb. As odd as it sounds, I hope they were dead, because then it wasn't my fault. Overall we've been having a pretty good kidding season. I think we had some pretty bad nutritional deficiencies the past couple of years…"
Mar 10
Marin Waddell replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Kidding positions... great illustrations!
"Hijacking this thread a bit with a bad kidding story. Looking for feedback, and possibly assurance that I did the best I could in my situation. I heard a goat over the monitor doing the pushy scream at 1:35am one night this week. I was out there by…"
Mar 9
Marin Waddell posted a status
"Goats waited until it was 5F to start kidding. This I can handle."
Mar 4
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"9 does at 140 days. Tomorrow inside barn close to -40F, outside windchill to -88F. Nobody better kid early."
Feb 28
Marin Waddell replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion fighting behaviors of bucks - does that fade after castration
"Yes, it should fade, but I don't know how long it will take. I'd guess it could take up to a couple of months, and I think it could take that long to "clear their systems" of active sperm if they've reached maturity so you…"
Jan 6
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"Forecasted windchill of -62F tonight. Good grief."
Jan 5
Marin Waddell left a comment for Julia @Woody Glen Farm
"Just saw your friend request from Dec 2nd. Sorry I didn't respond sooner! I'm actually up in Saskatchewan, Canada so we frequently get the same weather systems as northern Montana and North Dakota. I hope they're not getting the same…"
Jan 5
Marin Waddell and Julia @Woody Glen Farm are now friends
Jan 5
Dorothy King replied to Marin Waddell's discussion Cheesemaking Book in the group Making Dairy Products
"That is a great book. I also love 200 easy Homemade Cheese recipes by Debra Amrein-Boyes. She is a cheese maker from BC. Lots of variety in her book, good info and all the recipes aren't for huge quantities of milk"
Jan 5
Marin Waddell replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Black Oil Sunflower Seed - with shell or without?
"Grrr... Posting from my phone. Anyways, among the 22 we milked this year there are a couple who hate the BOSS and knock the food containers to dump it off the top so they can get to their preferred stuff underneath. So yeah, I guess it can just be a…"
Dec 5, 2013

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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…


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…


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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