Hello! As another dad essay dad wants me to write about things I could do to improve my goat buissnes.
So here it is!
Something I did not know is that a goat needs to be 75 to 80 pounds to have a baby.
When a baby was born with it’s sack is called a an call, which I find is sort of weird name.
Here is a list of poisonous plants for goats.
- Black Cohosh
- Carolina Jessamine
- Bleeding Heart
- Corn Cockle
- Lily of the Valley
- White Snakeroot
- Milkweed PS. There is a lot of Milkweed in our region but our goats don’t seem to eat Milkweed so that’s good.
- St.John’s Wort
- Carolina Allspice
- Wild Black Cherry
- Wild Hydrangea
- Black Locust
- Cherry I don’t think their necessarily poisonous I just think goats try to eat cherries whole and choke on the seeds.
- Chokecherry we’ve never had chokeberries in the same pasture as the goats.
- Johnson Grass There is lot’s of this grass around but the goats seem to eat and be fine so I think this one’s a mistake
- Buckwheat We grow buckwheat but we’ve never fed one to a goat so now I know to no do that.
- Buttercups they also grow in our region but the sheep get those before the goats do normally.
- Pinetrees of course there is pine trees here but I know they don’t eat the leaves so now I know why they don’t eat it. One thing they do is the one’s with horns rub their horns against the trees until their bark is of then they leave it alone weird?
You can have 4 goats per acre. And one goat can fit in about a 5×10 feet backyard or if you feed it hay you can keep it in a barn.
The world’s largest goat was a British Saanen named Mostyn Moorcock, owned by Pat Robinson of Ewyas Harold, Hereford & Worcester, UK. It reached a shoulder height of 44 in and an overall length of 66 in.
The main way I tell my breeds is by color and color pattern like Boer goats have a brown face with a white stripe in the middle. Kiko goat are completely black normally but can technically be any color.
I created a way to tell breeds. I use horns to identify my goats and tell their breed. Like Salt has long semi curled horns that are light brown and have little lumps every inch. And my secondary buck called Ron Maclean’s horns are dark brown and grow behind the head like Salt’s horns then instead of curling back to the head they go sideways, and it’s like that on all of the purebred Boer goats I’ve ever had.
Things that will help me improve my goats health is giving them some alfalfa pellets with some molasses on them.
During the winter I should maybe pen the goats separate from the rest of the herd except for the older babies so I can wean them. Then I will be able to give the moms grain so they can get more fat and the goats that will go for meat will still be grass fed!
I should start dehorning my goats so when we are foot trimming them or etc their horns don’t stab us. Like once two year ago I got a black eye from our former buck Don Cherry’s horns although they where already partially cut. So they aren’t sharp anymore. Sadly I could not find any pictures of him. But anyways he looked something like this except his horns where curled into one on the left side of his head. He was a purebred Saanen wich is dairy breed. Since we used to be a big dairy goat farm we used to have a lot of dairy goats. Now I’ve got two Boer bucks which are a meat breed my goal is to keep the girls with the most Boer genetics so soomeday I can get to the point of having all purebred Boer goats.
And to finish it of here is some goat meme’s!
That’s it hope you enjoyed!