Specializing in New Goat Owner understanding of goat physiology, goat anatomy, goat care and herd management. *I am not a veterinarian, any advice and information should be verified by your veterinarian before administering to your goats. (! During times of severe weather in the Midwest, I may experience a delay in internet service due to the interference of the satellite reception - but will answer your questions as soon as service is restored. !) Note: Keep in mind, the goat expert is volunteering her time to help other goat owners, she also runs her farm with her own herd of 100 goats and may not be at her computer at all hours. Questions are answered as soon as she can possibly read and answer them, usually within 24 hours.
23 years experience of raising goats and herd management. Active hands on experience with goat herd and research with various Caprine University Research and Extension Centers nationwide. 15 years dedicated to helping other goat breeders/owners with goat anatomy, goat disease and goat health care issues via phone, published goat care articles and internet interaction. The information I have to offer is not only from personal experience and years of research updated often as new information is made available to me, but supported by many Veterinary Research colleges and all medications and information I have to offer on how the medications work and what dosages "I" use, is information I have acquired by discussing directly with the company's veterinarians and staff research experts.
12 year active member of International Veterinary Information Service
United Caprine News, Homesteaders Magazine, Columnist for Goat Magazine, Owner and Author of GoatPedia™
Graduate Programs in Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University
What is there not to love about goats? They are my life! Goats are intelligent and clean animals and show affection easily- they make great farm companions and loving pets. There are also descriptive goat care articles at my website: http://Goat-Link.com
I want to be able to communicate the Proper goat care information for goat owners so they can care for their goats in the most effective manner possible. In addition , I run a private goat rescue operation and want ot be able to continue this work as long as I possibly can afford to (which is why I opted for the donation button) in case anyone chooses to donate to caring for my rescue goats. :)
Goats do NOT eat everything. They are fastidious eaters and require good clean mold free hay and fresh clean water daily. *goatlady in the AllExperts Top 25 for April 2008, May 2008, June 2008, July 2008,August 2008, Sept 2008! and November 2008!~ Thank you for your nominations!!!
Do NOT castrate your kids too young (4 months is a good age to band) , Do NOT disbud too late (when the horn buds first start to break the skin and are about 1/2 inch tall), Know that SafeGuard is for horses and not effective in goats, be aware the kid/lamb milk replacers for bottle babies are the #1 killer of baby goats! Never feed moldy hay or feed. Hug your goats every day.
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