*Dairy Goat Management Calendar at the bottom of the page*
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_Shell & Tempo__________
| Due Date|
*Shell is sold*
These two always produce very correct, dairy kids!
| Doe|| $325|
| Buck/Wether|| $225/ $100 |
_Halle & Tempo__________
| Due Date |
______________Halle is sold_____________
|Buck/Wether || |
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Free reservations: Reserving kids locks in the price, prices for unreserved kids are subject to change. If you'd like to reserve a kid, just email me letting me know your name and what you're interested in (buck, doe or wether). I just ask that you're serious about your reservation. Bucklings are only offered as wethers after 8 weeks of age, until then then they will be offered as bucks unless noted otherwise. Once you're kid is born I'll email you pictures and information, then a $50 non-refundable deposit is due within 5 days. If the deposit isn't received within that time, the kid will then be put up for sale. When the kid is weaned at about 8 weeks you can pick him/her up and at that time the remaining balance must be paid with cash. Meeting can be an option.
Before Leaving: Bucklings who are to be wethered will be banded at 7-8 weeks, and all kids will have had their first CD&T shot + the booster, hoof trim, dose of selenium + vitamin E paste, probios, disbudded and tatooed, also I'll have the papers for registration or transfer.
*Goats are herd animals and don't do well alone. If purchasing a goat from me you must have at least one goat already or purchase more than one. Also dry shelter, a dry draft free place to sleep, regular hoof trims, quality hay + vitamins/minerals/baking soda, secure fencing and fresh, clean water daily is a must! *If you're new to goats a great website to check out is FiascoFarm.com It's very informative! Also, I'd love to answer any questions you may have.
This is just how I do things. I am not a veterinarian, so it's important to speek with your local vet. and do your own research about how to safely manage your animals.
*Check and trim hoofs every 8 weeks- I haven't had any hoof problems keeping to this schedule
Prepare for Kidding
* Have kidding area cleaned and bedded with fresh straw ahead of time
*Get supplies ready:
- A good light in the delivery area
- A clean bucket for water
- Lubricant (Lubrisept, K-Y) and disposable obstetrical gloves for assisted births
- Dry towels for cleaning and rubbing kids
- Iodine (7% tincture) for dipping navels. Dip navel immediately after birth, and repeat in 12 hours
Nutrition for the doe
- Increase nutrition for pregnant does in late gestation. Good quality grass hay, supplement with some leafy alfalfa. Gradually increase grain ration in last few weeks to provide energy.
- Selenium/ Vitamin E paste dose in selenium-deficient areas. Speak with your veterinarian for advice on selenium supplementation for does and kids in deficient areas. Which Western Washington, where I live, is selenium deficient.
Disease Prevention: Does
- Give does CD&T the last 4-6 weeks prior to due date
- Deworm doe 1-2 weeks after kidding
Disease Prevention: Kids
- CD&T series at 5 and 8 weeks of age
- Begin deworming at 6-8 weeks
- Be sure kids have gotten their CD-T boosters at 8 weeks old
- Worm all goats *Fiasco Farm has a lot of good info. on worming goats
- Rotate pastures every several weeks, if possible
- Check for external parasites; keep animals clipped and clean. I use diatomaceous earth (DE) as an external parasitic
- Be sure fresh water is present at all times. Consumption goes way up in warm weather, and during lactation
- Monitor presence of poisonous plants which may have grown within reach of animals
- Build buck up for breeding season. Give him Vitamin-E/Selenium in Selenium-deficient areas. Keep hoofs trimmed. Give him a good diet of forage and increasing amounts of concentrate in late summer.
- Check and trim hoofs
- Check general body condition. Improve nutritional status if too thin
- Check and trim hoofs before rainy season
- Correct body condition before breeding, especially if she is too fat. Fat around the ovaries may cause poor fertility. In general, corrections in body condition (too thin, too fat) are easier and safer to make before the doe is dried off
- Check fecals in different age categories (does, kids) - to evaluate parasite loads. Treat accordingly.
- Consider fall deworming, coming off summer pasture
- CAE testing: Kids over 6 months old, new additions to the herd, any animals of questionable value or condition.
- Booster Vitamin E-Selenium in mid- to late gestation, in Selenium deficient areas
- Get does into their desired body condition while they are still milking, if too fat, reduce grain before drying up.
- Pregnant does should get plenty of exercise. Fit and trim does are easier to freshen
- Don’t feed 100% alfalfa as a ration, especially to does in late gestation. Balance with grass hay so that does can mobilize their own calcium at the time of freshening
- Routine hoof care for all animals
- Monitor for external parasites (lice) during this period where animals may spend more time indoors with less sunlight
- Eliminate moldy feed
As always, enjoy your animals!