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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 benefitsmaking 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:

Caring for Rejected Kids By Janet Garman
Whatever the reason behind it, a rejected kid goat needs care right away. There isn’t much that can do to prevent rejection but you can be ready to step in when necessary. If a doe refuses to care for the newborn, it is a life and death matter for that kid. The causes of rejection could be a number of factors. Some of these can be quickly remedied and the kid then allowed to nurse naturally. Other times, nothing we try will coax a doe into accepting the hungry newborn. Take a look at some of the factors which come into play.


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The Kidding Kit, Simplified By Lacey Hughett
As with humans, ample planning is needed prior to a goat delivery. And in a perfect world, this exciting time would go by without a hitch, and usually does go well, but sometimes goes wrong in every conceivable way. 
Keeping certain items in your barn or a go-bag can make life easier for you and your animals when those goat labor signs begin. Some can be easily found around the house or at a store, but you’ll have to buy others at an actual feed store or online. Once you have the items assembled, it is key to keep them together, clean, and easily accessible.

Secret Life of Goats: Goats of Anarchy By Theresa Miller
What happens to critically ill or injured goats? If they are very, very lucky, they get sent to a goat rescue and sanctuary. In Annondale, New York, the rescued goats receive medical care such as surgery and prosthetic legs then live out their not-so-secret lives as the Goats of Anarchy, darlings of social media.

Park Rangers vs. Pack Goats By Karen Kopf
At Kopf Canyon Ranch, just outside of Moscow, Idaho, we raise Kiko goats for meat and breeding stock. We run a clean herd and we test. Recently, pack goat enthusiasts have approached us for packing prospects: male goats that might show a packing disposition. This potential market opened us up to expansion to include a few dairy does for experimental crosses, a brand new world of adventure, excitement.

Saving the Icelandic Goat By Tamsin Cooper
A passionate young woman and her family battle against cultural and legal obstacles to save a unique and endearing rare goat breed, the Icelandic goat. Her animals starred in a scene in Game of Thrones and won the affection of audiences worldwide. Her international crowdfunding campaign saved them from the brink of extinction. But her struggle did not stop there, as she strives to make her farm sustainable.

More on Keeping Goats from Goat Journal:

• From the Editor
• Reader Feeback
• Kat’s Caprine Corner
• Photo Essay: Fuzzy Love Photography
• How Long is Goat Gestation?
• Poisonous Plants for Goats
• Beginning Meat Goat Farming
• Phukamyao Goats: Cheesemaking in Thailand
• Getting Started Making Goat Cheese with Surplus Milk
• Udderly EZ Goat Milking Machine
• Beginning Meat Goat Farming
• Phukamyao Goats: Cheesemaking in Thailand
• Getting Started Making Goat Cheese with Surplus Milk
• Udderly EZ Goat Milking Machine
• From the Archives: Farm for Sale! No More Milk!
• Upcoming Events
• Just for Fun

ON THE COVER

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Dawn McBride, of Fuzzy Love Photography, takes some of the best goat pictures! See more of her work in the Photo Essay version of this issue.

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.

Never miss another great issue with practical tips on raising dairy goat breeds for pleasure or profit. Subscribe to Goat Journal today.

Do you have special kidding tips? We would love to hear from you, comment below!

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