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breeding mini manchas

Started by Deborah Niemann-Boehle. Last reply by Shar Mar 21, 2010. 4 Replies

I'm looking for advice on getting my la mancha does pregnant with a ND buck. I'll try just about anything at this point, since one of my girls will be three next summer and (if she gets pregnant)…Continue

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Comment by Melissa Senesac on September 30, 2009 at 7:38am
I feel so ignorant- I didn't even realize that there was a magazine dedicated to NDGs!! I'll have to check this out! :)
Comment by Patricia Stewart on September 29, 2009 at 5:47am
That's a great idea. I'll see what we can pull together for the Winter issue. It's focusing on tips for new owners and things that make it easier to keep the goats. Your idea fits right in. Thanks!
Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on September 28, 2009 at 9:39pm
Someone asked a question in the forum about dewormers, and it reminded me of a pull-out from a livestock supply catalog a couple years ago. They listed all the dewormers with dosages and which parasites they killed. It would be nice if Ruminations did a goat chart like that, which people could pull out and tack on the wall in the barn. Personally, I use a Sharpie and write the goat dosage on the bottle in big letters. Otherwise, I'd have to come to the house and look up some of the dosages, because I don't remember all of them. (BTW, if you know the dosage for ivermectin+, it would be great if you could respond to that question in the forum.)
Comment by Patricia Stewart on September 28, 2009 at 7:07pm
Thank you Deborah.
There was some discussion about whether it would bother people, but I feel that the purpose of the magazine is promote thought and conversation. I'm glad you were proactive. Out here, Tufts charges $1200 just to walk in the door for a C-section. I think we're going to do an article on what to expect from that situation, so people don't think they need a surgical suite, techs and total anesthesia.
Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for letting me know.
Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on September 28, 2009 at 5:46pm
Hi Pat,
I've been meaning to tell you how much I appreciated that article last spring about the family that was faced with the decision to spend $1,200 for a c-section on a goat ($400 for diagnosis +$800 for proposed c-section) and decided to have her put down. That got me on the phone calling vets around me, asking how much c-sections cost, so that I won't ever find myself in that position! I felt terrible for that family and know I would have had to make the same decision if I had ever found myself in that position. One vet I called charges $600! I also learned that the University of Illinois would be around $175-250, so I know where to call if I ever have a problem. Thanks again for such an important article.

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