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Mystery Goat Illness: Follow up on Totes

Mystery Goat Illness: Follow up on Totes

I wanted to give a quick update on our doeling goat Totes. The previous farm news article talks all about her symptoms and lists a ton of information about several potential causes for them. See that article here. We ended up treating her for several possible diagnoses due to the severity of her symptoms, the significant overlap of those symptoms, and how quickly it came on. We feared she wouldn't make it through the night when we first discovered she was ill. We treated her with an antibiotic to treat for possible listeriosis, vitamin B1/thiamine injections to treat her for...

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Mystery Goat Illness

Mystery Goat Illness

Totes McGoats is suddenly extremely weak and uncoordinated. What is going on?? Last week we walked into the barn to put the goats up for the night. (We do this every night to help protect them from coyotes and other predators.) We saw one of our kid goats lying in the corner wobbling her head back and forth. The other goats weren't anywhere close, so we knew she wasn't feeling well and something was wrong. We observed her for a minute or two and then grabbed the thermometer and took her temperature. Our thermometer wasn't working very well (of course), but...

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Goat Deworming Schedule

Goat Deworming Schedule

Deworming Your Goats If you own goats you will most likely have to deworm them at some point (unless you opt for more natural ways to reduce their parasite load, but effectiveness of this method is sometimes subpar). Goats tend to always have some level of parasite infection and the objective isn't to get rid of all the parasites, but to reduce their numbers to a level that isn't harmful to the goats (especially to avoid anemia). There are a lot of theories about how you should deworm your goats. The newest theory is that you should only deworm the goats that...

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Pinkeye in Cattle

Pinkeye in Cattle

Warning! This article contains graphic pictures. Look away if you get queasy! Pink Eye I  absolutely hate it when our animals are sick. I know no one likes it, but I get all worried about them and upset until I feel like they have received the medicine they need and appear to be improving. This makes summer kind of hard for me - pinkeye is EVERYWHERE! It seems like every time we turn around one of our cows or goats has a swollen, watery eye with a white haziness somewhere in it. I thought it might be helpful to highlight my favorite medical...

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Handspinning Yarn: The Process

Handspinning Yarn: The Process

  About a year ago I voiced my desire to learn to take fiber (such as wool) and spin it into my own yarns. The task seemed a little daunting, but the old school charm was overwhelming to me. I just couldn't wait to get my hands on some raw fiber some day. Without telling me Dusty researched, found, and bought me my very own spinning wheel along with various fibers. It was frustrating at first, but we were both patient and he helped when I asked. I am happy to say that through YouTube videos and Facebook discussion boards I...

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