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Goats need holiday care
Goats that have chewed their way through the dry herbage at many gateways over the summer need as much holiday care as any other animal in the family or on the farm.
Goats - at the end of their tether
Do you think the easiest way to keep your verge tidy might be to get a goat? Don’t be fooled - it takes a lot of time and effort to look after a tethered goat properly.
Goats and trace elements – to supplement or not?
Not a lot is known about the requirements of goats for trace elements like iodine, selenium, copper and cobalt.
The Code of Welfare for Goats: Part Two – Dairy goats and housed goats
Some of you keep your goats for their milk, either for home supply or as part of your farming business...
Haemonchus contortus (barber's pole worm) in goats
Barber's pole worms (Haemonchus contortus) have been the cause of a lot of goat ill-health, and many goat owners will have suffered losses as a result of this nasty parasite.
The Code of Welfare for Goats: Part One - Tethering, cold goats and thin goats
Goats now have good legal protection against any treatment that causes unnecessary or unreasonable suffering.
Aging goats by teeth
Goats have no top teeth and instead have a hard dental pad that their bottom incisors bite against.
Welfare issues with goats
There are plenty of goat welfare issues. Footrot a major problem with goats and is difficult to cure once established.
Those of you who have goats will know they are not the hardy creatures many people think they are.
Plants that poison goats
Assume that all garden shrubs are a potential danger to goats. Some plants cause delayed poisoning as well as immediate poisoning eg ragwort and St John’s wort.
Worm control in Goats
Throughout their lives, goats are very susceptible to worms in their stomach and intestines.
Very similar to sheep, they have a similar blind spot at the rear – but they are more difficult to catch using this area as they are generally more alert than sheep.
The magic of mohair
Snuggling up to a soft mohair blanket is a simple luxury, and we are so lucky in New Zealand to have some of the world’s best mohair producers on our doorstep.
Hands-on at the goat face
We've been farming angora goats for over fifteen years and can't imagine life without them now.
Castrating and dehorning angora goats
Angora goats are not usually dehorned although the horns are usually tipped (the last 1cm of horn clipped off) as they can be extremely sharp.
Angora health - ill-thrift and miscellaneous diseases
If your goats are not doing well, there are many possible causes.
Angora health - diseases of the skin and the brain
The signs of skin disease are usually fairly obvious, with itchiness, hair loss, scurfiness or sores, reddening or some other change in the appearance of the skin.
Feeding angora goats
Goats don’t have a split upper lip like sheep so don’t graze as close to the ground.
Angora goats - breeding for good traits
Angora health - lameness and sudden death
Part three in a series on Angora goat health and disease looks at lameness and sudden death.
Handling and housing angora goats
Goats are a vastly greater challenge to handle than sheep and the first thing you'll need to do is to heighten the yards to prevent jumping.
Angora Goat Welfare
There are particular welfare issues associated with goats, because of their sensitive nature and inquisitive personalities!
Buying your angora goats
What to buy depends on what’s available at the time and what the current market is like.
Angora goat diseases - the bad news and the good news
Compared with other farm animals, goats are relatively susceptible to internal worms, which can cause scouring and ill-thrift.
Identification and recording
You cannot do worthwhile recording and breeding to improve flock performance unless all animals are identified.