our girls are really getting big now, and showing . they will be due late March early April, we r so excited .  we wanted, to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.   will keep u all posted later, bout our girls

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My ND goats

Hi everyone! I thought maybe you all might want to see some pictures of my goats. So here they are, I hope you enjoy them...

I'm glad they don't mind the snow, because we're sure getting a lot this year!…

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A Year (and a half) in Review

Bought the kids July 2015. Bred Mira January, first travel and goat-sitters March, babies June, learned how to milk, sold babies August, started playing with chevre and cheddar, built cheese press, rigged a sort of cheese cave, expanded goat yard, added more play structures for the goats...

...and I keep putting off the eternal question from Willow, "Can I keep another doe next year?" I keep waiting for the proverbial bloom to fall. I waited to see if she'd get tired of the constant…

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Old Haunt Blog Announcement!

Hi Folks!

I'm announcing my new (still being edited and added to, but published) farm website complete with blog! I wanted to put the blog link here, since it's about my recent (and first) kidding experience. I've gotten a TON of support here over the past few weeks, and I thought I'd share this story with you as a sort of thank you! I hope you enjoy it! Here's the link...…

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Thrifty Homesteader Team posted a video
This is a popular question this time of year as goats are getting pregnant and some are getting close to kidding this winter!
For more information, check out ...
Kidding in winter: https://thriftyhomesteader.com/kidding-in-winter/
Hypocalcemia in Goats: https://thriftyhomesteader.com/hypocalcemia-in-goats/
Kidding in Cold Weather: https://thriftyhomesteader.com/kidding-in-cold-weather/
My free online course on getting ready for kidding season:…
Connie Aase is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
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If you’ve been thinking about a meat breed and are looking for one that does well on pasture and forage, is parasite resistant, and hardy in general, the Kiko might be the breed for you.
In today’s episode we are talking to Karen Kopf of Kopf Canyon Ranch in Idaho about their experience raising dairy goats and then switching to meat goats and specifically Kiko goats. One of the reasons I wanted to interview Karen is because of the amazing records they…
Nov 30
Thrifty Homesteader Team posted a discussion
Although rabies in goats is not common, it is possible. In today’s episode we are talking to Dr. Kevin Pelzer, a Professor of Large Animal Clinical Science, Production Management Medicine at the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech.
We are talking about how goats can get rabies, as well as the symptoms, diagnosis, and vaccination options. Rabies in goats looks considerably different than the stereotypical rabid dog, and…
Nov 23
Thrifty Homesteader Team posted a video
Who says these little does can't milk for two or even three years? In the last four years, all of our does have milked for two or three years without re-breeding, except one. That means we've had about a dozen Nigerian dwarf does with extended lactations. In this livestream, I'm talking about what that means and how to do it.
Here’s the link to the mineral cheat sheet that I mentioned in the video: https://thrifty-homesteader.ck.page/goat-minerals-comparison-chart
Link to the Free Copper…
Nov 21
Stephanie Myers posted a status
We just started with homesteading this year. We have 7 does and a wether. We were told that the does had a buck visit (break into) their pen back in August and September so we are hoping to see kids from all of them in the coming months.
Nov 21
  • Tammy Gallagher Hi there Stephanie!
    Congrats on your new adventures- boy, starting out with 7 pregnant does as a new homesteader is really taking the bull by the horns- LOL!
    Miniature breeds are pregnant about 145 days and standards about 150. So if you have miniatures exposed on August 1st, that would give you a due date of December 29.
    If you want to know for sure, you could have your vet draw blood. Sometimes that is better than sitting and waiting without knowing =)
    Here are some articles for you. You will…
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Hellen Barbara is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
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Stephanie Myers is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
Nov 19
Thrifty Homesteader Team posted a discussion
When some people hear a goat cough, pneumonia is often the first thing that comes to mind, but it is really not common in goats. A cough is also not a good indication of whether a goat has pneumonia or when it has recovered from pneumonia.
In today’s episode we are talking to Dr. Michael Pesato, Assistant Clinical Professor of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at Mississippi State University. He is board certified with the American Board of…
Nov 16
Thrifty Homesteader Team posted a video
You might see someone on social media say that they are doing all the wrong things -- deworming on a schedule, rotating dewormers, etc -- and it's "working" for them. But is is really? Why don't their goats have a problem with dewormer resistance? The answer is, the worms are resistant, but it is not a problem on this particular farm. Why? That's the question I'm answering in today's live stream!
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Jeremy Monica is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
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Is this Ning 2.0 or 3.0?

Looks like 3.0

Maybe that's why it doesn't look like what I am use to. I use to be a developer.
Oct 24
  • Thrifty Homesteader Team We don’t really like the new version either. We were hoping traffic would go up with a mobile-first version, but it has actually gone down, so not sure how long this group will be here.
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  • CainO OK, I thought it looked different then before... I know 2.0 is the old one; I just upgraded one of mine to 3.0, and I like 2.0 better. The only thing good so far that I like about 3.0, is that you can make money off memebership fees. Most of what I do, I don't charge for, so I only charge for one of them. I left Ning when they started forcing people to 3.0, and recently came back. 3.0 is better then it was back then, but I still like 2.0 better. In fact; 1.0 was even more better, but they did…
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Oct 24
Thrifty Homesteader Team posted a discussion
If you have goats, or if you are considering getting goats, you should be aware of Johnne’s disease. It is an infectious disease that is highly contagious, and there is no cure.
Today’s guest is Dr. Michael Pesato, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at Mississippi State University. He is a board certified practitioner with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners specializing in Food Animal Practice.
Oct 19
Rachael Tracey is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
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