What is the Best Dairy Goat to Get?

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What is the Best Dairy Goat to Get?
If you are considering getting a dairy goat for milk, the question that is haunting you is most likely, “Which is the best dairy goat for me to get?” The answer is really very simple, but it may surprise you if you are expecting me to tell you which breed of dairy goat is best.

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Which Goat Breed?

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Which Goat Breed?
There are three types of goats - dairy goats, meat goats, and fiber goats. Since we're a dairy farm, this article focuses on the dairy breeds. The common registered dairy goat breeds in the United States are Alpine, LaMancha, Nigerian Dwarf, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, and Toggenburg. There are also goats that don't fall into any of these breed standards and are "Grade" or mixed goats.  At Goat Milk Stuff we raise Alpines for many reasons.

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Do All Goats Give Milk?

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Do All Goats Give Milk?

Although all healthy, female goats are capable of producing milk to feed their babies, not all goats produce enough milk to provide humans with a reasonable share of that milk. In order to give milk, a goat must first get pregnant and have kids of her own. Her body creates the milk to feed the kids. Dairy breeds have been bred to give more milk than their kids would require.

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Feeding Dairy Goats

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Feeding Dairy Goats

Feeding dairy goats properly is essential to keeping them healthy.  There is no single magic "right way" to feed dairy goats.  There are many options depending on where you live and what feed choices you have available.  At Goat Milk Stuff, every goat always has access to free-choice grass hay, free-choice loose minerals, and free-choice clean water.

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Why We Assist With Goat Birthing

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Why We Assist With Goat Birthing
Kidding season is an exciting time - but it can also be scary if you're new to owning goats.  At Goat Milk Stuff we work hard to help educate other goat owners and share our birthing experiences online.  Even though birthing is a natural process, many goats also die because they did not receive the assistance they needed.  Our goal is to have as many successful, live births as possible.

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Goat Medications

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Goat Medications
Raising dairy goats is all about practicing prevention. Many of the medications listed below are used for prevention, but some of them are used when we are facing a problem. Below is information on the items we regularly keep in our Goat Medicine Chest.

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Raising Goats

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Raising Goats
Kidding season and brand new baby goats are one of the best parts of raising dairy goats.  It's important to make sure that you properly take care of them so they get off to a healthy start.  Healthy babies begin with a healthy gestation so don't forget to properly care for the pregnant does as well.  This is the protocol we follow at Goat Milk Stuff.

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Enterotoxemia

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Enterotoxemia
Enterotoxemia (sometimes referred to as over-eating disease) is caused by a bacteria called Clostridium perfringens. There are two strains called types C and D. They regularly exist in the intestines of all goats. It is only when these bacteria proliferate that it causes a problem for the health of the goat.

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Toxoids vs Antitoxins

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Toxoids vs Antitoxins

When giving injections to your goats, it is important to understand the difference between a Toxoid and an Antitoxin. A toxoid is a vaccine; it is used to prevent disease. An antitoxin is a treatment; it is used when a problem is immediately at hand.  Both medications have a place in your Goat Medicine Chest.

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Goat Care Summary

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Goat Care Summary
At Goat Milk Stuff, we take our herd management very seriously. Not only are the goats the foundation to our business, but in many ways, they are also a part of our family. We pay strict attention to the condition of each individual goat to make sure they get what they need to be happy and healthy and give us high quality milk.

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