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Goat Journal is an all-new publication dedicated to dairy goats and so much more! It’s all the great dairy goat information you’ve come to love — goat milk benefits, making goat cheese or learning how to make goat milk soap — with expanded information on other goats! It’s kidding time! From caring for does, birthing and rejected babies, Goat Journal has all that information and more! Whether you want to raise a small herd for your personal or family needs or are interested in raising goats for profit, you’ll find these creatures to be friendly, docile, curious and intelligent, and Goat Journal has the top goat information you need to raise a healthy, happy herd.
In this Issue of Goat Journal:
Goat Care During Wildfire Season By Karen Kopf
When raising goats, prepare for many seasons: breeding season, kidding season, show season, winter — and for many in the western states, FIRE season. Though you may not live in a wildfire-prone area, your goat care protocol should include a fire safety plan for your herd.
Goat Cast Steals the Show By Tamsin Cooper
A daring theater production staged a bold innovation — a goat cast live on stage! Six trained goats entered the stage and were free to roam and interact with cast members. The novelty of including a goat cast in the list of actors captured the attention and hearts of audience and reviewers.
Odin the Fearless: No Goat Left Behind! By Lacey Hughett
When danger or disaster strikes, good LGD dogs like Odin are priceless. They turn potentially tragic stories into triumphs. In 2017, multiple wildfires ravaged through California. This is one of our worst fears for anyone who owns livestock. Will we have the time and resources should a fire break out to relocate our animals to safety? For one man last October, this was a very real and frightening situation.
Breed Profile: Poitou Goat By Tamsin Cooper
Poitou goats are known in France as native to the Marais Poitevin, in the ancient province of Poitou, western France. Poitou goats are emblematic of the region. Medium-sized frame, long straight back, medium-length hair along the back and hind legs, deep chest, slim legs, strong black hoofs, long supple neck, straight nose, erect ears, and normally horns, beard, and wattles in both sexes. Dark brown to black, with white belly and inside legs, two white stripes each side of the head from ears to muzzle. Bucks are darker, their facial stripes fading with age.
Goat Worms and Other Medicine Considerations By Curt Rush
Anyone raising goats for any length of time has had a sick animal, whether with goat worms or infections. Our primary concern is doing whatever is necessary to get the goat well, as soon as possible. Most of us can’t run to the veterinarian at the drop of a hat, for every runny goat nose, so we learn to doctor our sick animals ourselves.
More on Keeping Goats from Goat Journal:
• From the Editor
• Reader Feeback
• Kat’s Caprine Corner
• Photo Essay: Kokopelli Kikos and Pack Goats
• Battle Born Livestock: Kids Raising Kids
• The Udder Scoop on Goat Teats
• Tips for Using Milk in Home Soapmaking
• Goat Cheese Recipes to Try
• A DIY Homemade Cheese Press Plan
• Secret Life of Goats: Weed-Eating Goats Tackle a Noxious Problem
• From the Archives: You Can’t Judge a Doe by the Veins
• Just for Fun
• Life Lessons: Go(a)t Milk?
ON THE COVER
Iris, of Kokopelli Kikos and Pack Goats, hikes near Blanding, Utah. Photo by Brett Saunders. See more stunning pack goat pictures in this month’s Photo Essay.
Goat Journal shares stories on marketing, breeding and raising dairy goats, along with features and goat 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 tips for keeping goats safe during wildfire season? We would love to hear them, comment below!