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There’s always a new adventure to be had when keeping goats. In our latest issue of Dairy Goat Journal, learn how popular and expensive goat toys keep bucks busy so they stay out of trouble. Plus, learn how to make an affordable goat cheese cave.
In this issue of Dairy Goat Journal:
Buck Enrichment by Alex Becker
“A bored goat is often the one that will start beating up on others, or start destroying equipment and facilities. If a goat does not have something to do, they will often find a way to keep themselves entertained. Various balls, barrels, ramps and logs are popular, inexpensive goat toys.”
Kiss This! Coach Kisses Caprine For School Funds by Diane Lowery
“This past spring, I had the opportunity to help a local FFA chapter raise funds to attend the state FFA convention by providing a goat for their ‘Kiss the Goat’ fundraiser. My son just happens to be a civics teacher at a local middle school. He teaches so that he can coach high school football. Even though he was raised in our dairy goat heaven, as an adult he is all about football and cares nothing for the goats anymore. I was surprised when he called to inform me that he’d given my name to the county agriculture teacher/FFA advisor and volunteered me to bring a goat to school ‘for some contest,’ which he assured me he was not entering.”
DIY: Make An Affordable Cheese Cave by Jon Jernigan
“I’ve been making parmesan cheese for two years and loving it. With my husband, Adam, working as a herdsman at Round Mountain Creamery in North Carolina, we have access to a lot of wonderful goat milk. While my parm was turning out fantastic, my biggest challenge was figuring out how to make a cave that wasn’t a mold machine. Through a ton of research and my own ignoramus ingenuity, I finally achieved this goal.”
Demand For Kid Meat Exceeds Supply In UK by Alan Harman
“One of the biggest problems for the dairy goat industry is what to do with unwanted male kids. British restaurant industry veteran James Whetlor said he found the answer — turning the estimated 30,000 male kids now put down in the United Kingdom shortly after birth each year into an asset.”
More on keeping goats from Dairy Goat Journal!
• From the Editor
• In the News:
–Kid & Lamb Blankets Available
–Good Management Eliminates E. Coli
• Kat’s Caprine Corner
• Judging Quiz: Saanen Bucks
• Judging Reasons
• Photo Gallery
• ADGA 2015 DHIR Milk Production Breed Leaders
• Young Sire Development Program, 3rd Quarter 2016 Qualifiers
• Goat Kiss: The Coach & the Caprine
• DIY: Make An Affordable Cheese Cave
• Herb Balls Provide an Alternative Approach to Urinary Calculi
• International Society Shares Goat Behavior Findings
• Partitions Better for Goats at Feeding
• Utilizing Live or Post-Mortem Semen Collection
• Demand For Kid Meat Exceeds Supply in UK
• Buck Enrichment
• Buck Buying Adventure Inspires Genetic Interest
• Building Up Bucks After Rut
Dairy Goat Journal shares stories on marketing, breeding and raising dairy goats, along with features and information on making the goat business more profitable and rewarding. Keeping goats may be a labor of love, but Dairy Goat Journal makes it a lot easier and more fulfilling.
Do you have unique ways of making cheese at home? What goat toys do you use for your bucks or does? We would love to hear from you, comment below!