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We are talking about everything goats! Whether you're an owner, a breeder, or just a fan of these wonderful creatures, we've got you covered. Join host and author Deborah Niemann as she interviews experts and goat lovers so we can all learn more about how to improve the health and production of our goats, improve our relationships, and possibly even start a goat business.

For the Love of Goats Deborah Niemann

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 80 Ratings

We are talking about everything goats! Whether you're an owner, a breeder, or just a fan of these wonderful creatures, we've got you covered. Join host and author Deborah Niemann as she interviews experts and goat lovers so we can all learn more about how to improve the health and production of our goats, improve our relationships, and possibly even start a goat business.

    Buck Health and Breeding

    Buck Health and Breeding

    Every aspect of your buck's health is critically important during breeding season, from his eyes and legs to his reproductive system.

    Dr. Jamie Stewart, Assistant Professor in Production Management Medicine at the vet school at Virginia Tech, who previously joined us for an episode on artificial insemination in goats, talks about the various aspects of a buck's health that can affect breeding success, as well as the success of your kidding season.

    Dr. Stewart talks about what a vet does in a breeding soundness exam, as well as what goat owners can do to be sure their buck is in the best condition for breeding season.

    We discuss epididymitis and orchitis and the many potential causes for those problems, from physical trauma to infectious disease, including some that can wind up causing an abortion storm during kidding season.

    If you've ever wondered why it's so hard to find a goat owner who will provide buck service, this episode will help you understand the possible diseases that can be transmitted during breeding.

    See full show notes here >> https://thriftyhomesteader.com/buck-health-and-breeding/

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    • 31 min
    Skin Cancer in Goats: Melanoma

    Skin Cancer in Goats: Melanoma

    Although melanoma in goats is quite rare, it is devastating when it does happen because there is no cure. In this episode, we are talking to Julie Jarvis PA-C, a retired Dermatology Physician Assistant who practiced human medicine for 21 years. She has also been a goat farmer since 2004, and one of her goats was recently diagnosed with melanoma.

    In my post on squamous cell carcinoma, I talked about how easy it is to misdiagnose it, and the same is true of melanoma. Since Julie had 21 years experience in human dermatology, she knew something was seriously wrong when she saw what most people would have assumed was an injury or hoof rot.

    Julie goes into detail about what she saw and what she did, as well as the research she found on melanoma in goats.

    See full show notes here >> https://thriftyhomesteader.com/skin-cancer-in-goats-melanoma/

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    • 23 min
    LaMancha Goats

    LaMancha Goats

    If you've ever seen the goats without ears, that's what we're talking about today! LaManchas are best known for having tiny little gopher ears, which most people either love or hate. If you raise LaManchas you know the most common question you hear is, "What happened to their ears?"

    But LaManchas have a lot going for them beyond their cute looks. Today we are talking to Tania Love of Love Acres Dairy Goats, who has a small but impressive herd of LaManchas that have earned spots on the American Dairy Goat Association's Top Ten list for production.

    Tania also has some great advice for anyone getting started with dairy goats, regardless of whether they choose LaManchas or another breed.

    See full show notes here >> https://thriftyhomesteader.com/lamancha-goats/

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    • 25 min
    Oberhasli Goats

    Oberhasli Goats

    If you are looking for a medium sized dairy goat that produces about a gallon a day, then consider the Oberhasli, which originally came from Switzerland.

    Morgan Allen of Haycreek Farm in Minnesota has been raising Oberhasli goats since the mid-1990s. Their goats have done well showing at the national level, and they have several does on the American Dairy Goat Association's Top Ten list for production.

    In today's episode, Morgan is talking about what drew her to the Oberhasli and why she's still raising them after all these years. She also talks about selling their milk to a commercial cheesemaker and making their own caramel sauce.

    See full show notes here >>  https://thriftyhomesteader.com/oberhasli-goats/

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    • 15 min
    How to Compost a Dead Goat

    How to Compost a Dead Goat

    We first composted a dead goat many years ago when it died in winter when the ground was frozen solid. At the time, we thought of it as the second-best option because burial was not possible. However, as we discuss in this episode, composting actually causes a carcass to decompose faster than burying.

    J. Craig Williams, extension agent with Pennsylvania State University Extension in northern Pennsylvania talks about advantages of mortality composting, as well as how to do it so that you avoid bad odors and don't attract predators.

    Although you can use the finished compost in your fields or gardens, mortality composting is really about disposing of a dead animal more than making compost. That means you won't be out there turning the pile every couple of weeks.

    Because a compost pile can heat up to more than 130 degrees, it will kill bacteria and viruses, however it is important to note that it won't kill prions, so you should not compost a goat or sheep that had scrapie. To learn more about scrapie, check out episode 45, Scrapie in Goats and Sheep.

    For more information on mortality composting, check out Cornell Waste Management Institute's website.

    See full show notes here >>  https://thriftyhomesteader.com/how-to-compost-a-dead-goat/

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    • 31 min
    Artificial Insemination in Goats

    Artificial Insemination in Goats

    If you've ever wanted to add some genetics to your herd, but the cost of a live animal was out of your price range, artificial insemination is a great way to reach the same goal at a fraction of the price.

    In today's episode we are talking to Dr. Jamie Stewart, Assistant Professor in Production Management Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. We are answering all of the basic questions about artificial insemination, often called AI for short.

    How do you artificially inseminate a goat? There are actually three different types of AI, and Dr. Stewart discusses how each one is done, as well as the chances of success of each method and how much it costs. She also talks about some money-saving tips, such as splitting straws and renting space in a semen tank.

    See full show notes here >>  https://thriftyhomesteader.com/artificial-insemination-in-goats/

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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

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Great information

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Re: minerals. Excellent scientific explanation

I enjoy your podcast. Straight forward and scientific information to support topic. The data provided has been enriching and has helped me better understand how to better manage my herd. Ty

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