EasyKeeper Extension

Bottle feeding and hand-rearing goat kids

Posted by EasyKeeper Staff on Jun 7, 2017 4:31:21 PM

There are a number of reasons to feed your kids by hand, seperate from their mothers. This article explores why a producer might want to hand-rear kids and discusses the pros and cons of some of the different options.

Topics: Nutrition, Management, Dairy goat

Get the best from your bucks this breeding season

Posted by EasyKeeper Staff on Mar 9, 2017 5:31:14 PM

The stress on a buck during breeding season can lead to health issues and the reduction of reproductive performance.

The key to your buck’s successful breeding season is good health management, starting with a pre-season breeding readiness assessment to identify and respond to any issues early enough that he’ll be ready for his job during breeding season. Then, to ensure he remains in top condition, performing ongoing monitoring and maintenance throughout the the breeding season.

Topics: Management, Reproduction

Ensure safe travels with your goats

Posted by EasyKeeper Staff on Mar 9, 2017 4:26:08 PM

Transporting your goats can be stressful–for you and your animals. There is a lot to think about when you're moving animals from one place to another. That's why we put together this infographic with tips and advice ranging from preparation to care on the road. 

Topics: Management

Meat goat production in cold climates

Posted by Guest Author on Nov 18, 2016 4:34:35 PM

Meat goat production in the cold climates of the northern U.S. and Canada requires careful management if one is to attain maximum profitability. Under these challenging conditions, meeting the dietary requirements for all stages of goat production (growth, gestation, lactation, dry) is the key to success. 

Meat goat dietary requirements are fairly well known to researchers and extension specialists, but much less so to producers of goats.  This article will educate the reader of certain basic principles of nutritional physiology as a prelude to making practical feeding recommendations, as well as herd management tactics that may give the producer an edge when raising meat goats in cold climates.

Topics: Meat goat, Nutrition, Management

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