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Kidding 2019: Round 1 Complete!

Kidding 2019: Round 1 Complete!

Last week was a busy week on the farm with lots of late-night barn checks as we waited for two of our Nigerian Dwarfs to kid. We had Maplewood Hill Top Candy due on March 24 and Sundaze Farm Maizey due on March 28th. NOTE: We'll begin contacting individuals on our...

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Basic Goat Terminology

Basic Goat Terminology

If you are just getting into goats and doing research online, you'll frequently see people tossing around all sorts of terms that might confuse you. Below are a few basic terms that are helpful to get acquainted with. Note that I've intentionally left out anatomical...

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All About Bottle Feeding Goats: What, When and How Much

All About Bottle Feeding Goats: What, When and How Much

Goat owners can be very passionate when it comes to opinions on bottle-raising versus dam-raising kids. We have done both on our farm and I've been happy with the results either way. Bottle feeding goat kids is a lot of work, but if you have the time in...

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Getting Started Hand-Milking Goats

Getting Started Hand-Milking Goats

It may be hard to believe when you look outside right now, but spring is coming and with that, kidding season has begun. With that comes all the excitement of milking and getting to enjoy all the products of your home dairy! If it's your first time milking, here's a...

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2019 Kidding Plans Update

2019 Kidding Plans Update

This has been a challenging year in terms of getting our entire herd bred. I don't know if it has been the weather, bad luck, or some other mystery variable, but it seems ours isn't the only farm that has experienced a weird year for breeding goats. We had success...

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Does or Wethers: Which Make the Best Pet?

Does or Wethers: Which Make the Best Pet?

I see variations on this question come up time after time on forums and Facebook groups: I'm new to goats and just want them for pets. I don't have plans to breed, milk, show, or use them for meat. Should I get a male or female? We can rule out one...

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Should You Keep a Buck? 3 Things You Should Consider

Should You Keep a Buck? 3 Things You Should Consider

If you have dairy goats, getting them bred each year is obviously a priority. One of the easiest ways is to keep a buck (or two) on your farm. It is much easier to tell when a doe is in heat when there is a buck nearby. The behavior changes are obvious! You...

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4 Signs Your Goat is in Heat

4 Signs Your Goat is in Heat

If you plan to breed your goats and can't keep them with a buck for an extended period of time, it's important to be able to recognize the signs your doe is in heat. It's also helpful to identify and track their cycles so that you can determine if a doe is likely...

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