Modern Farming Methods http://www.roysfarm.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:23:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How Often Do Goats Need Milking? http://www.roysfarm.com/how-often-do-goats-need-milking/ http://www.roysfarm.com/how-often-do-goats-need-milking/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:23:41 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2562 A regular goat milking routine is a must when you are managing a herd of dairy goats. So, it’s important to know ‘how often do goats need milking’. Pain and discomfort can caused to your goats due to waiting too long for milking a lactating doe. Actually, the frequency of milking a dairy goat depends […]

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A regular goat milking routine is a must when you are managing a herd of dairy goats. So, it’s important to know ‘how often do goats need milking’. Pain and discomfort can caused to your goats due to waiting too long for milking a lactating doe. Actually, the frequency of milking a dairy goat depends on various factors. Milking frequency depends on the amount of milk you would like to keep for yourself, whether or not you are trying to stop production, and how long it has been since your doe first freshened and obviously your business. On an average estimation, more than 460 million goats throughout the world produce about 4.5 million tons of milk per year. However, here we are trying to discuss more about the topic ‘how often do goats need milking’.

Running Dry
Never stop milking a doe suddenly, if you are willing to encourage her to stop producing. Doing that will cause extreme pain. Help your goat’s milk supply dry up instead. Decrease the amount of grain in your milking doe’s diet. Decreasing the amount of grain will discourage your doe’s body from producing milk. Begin milking your goat once every other day for two weeks, once you notice milk production is decreasing. After that milk once every three days for another week. At this point, milk production of your does should be very slow (or have stopped altogether). And it’s the safe method for you to quit milking.how often do goats need milking, how often do goats have to be milked, milking goat, milking a goat, milking a goat by hand

Nursing the Kids
Milk your does once per day, if you allow your goat’s kids to nurse part-time. Keep the kids separated from their mother at night. But make sure the kids have access to fresh hay, grain and sufficient clean water. In the morning, milk your does and then allow the kids to nurse throughout the day. Depending on breeds, dairy goats produce about one pound to a gallon of milk daily. You can expect half production, if you separate the kids at night and take only the morning milk. You should keep an eye on your doe’s udder while her kids are nursing. If your does are nursing on one side only (leaving the second half full), then release some of the milk by hand to alleviate discomfort. You can milk your doe once per day, if she has only one kid. You can also leave her kid with her all the time and milk once. Usually, a healthy doe will produce sufficient milk for both of you and her kids. You need to separate the kids at night to get milk, if your does have twins or more kids.

Peak Production
Your goats will begin lactating, after they give birth to their kids. Most of the commercial dairy goat farmers remove kids from their mother and start bottle-feeding them by using milk replacer or any formula. You can keep all the milk your does produce with such approach. The peak production time of your goats will begin two months after the birth of their kids and then slowly taper off from there. Milk your does after every 12 hours during peak production time.

Success Secrets
You can use a stanchion while milking your goats or milk by traditional methods. Using a stanchion will ease pressure on your back and simplify the milking process. A stanchion is a metal or wooden platform for your does to stand on while you milk. Some stanchions come with head gates, which secure a doe’s head and keeps her from jumping off the platform. During milking your goats, you can feed them grain or hay. Doing this will encourage them to stand still during milking. And don’t forget to wash your doe’s udders with warm water. Warm water with 110 degrees Fahrenheit temperature will be comfortable for your goats. Dip the teats in a cleansing solution designed for lactating animals after you’ve finished. Doing this will help to prevent bacteria from entering the teat and decreases the likelihood of mastitis. For keeping hair and dirt from falling into the milk, partially cover the pail while milking.

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Goats and Parasites http://www.roysfarm.com/goats-and-parasites/ http://www.roysfarm.com/goats-and-parasites/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:28:46 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2552 While raising goats, some people face problems with their goats and parasites. In some cases, parasites can be the biggest hurdle when raising goats. But the good news is, goats can be raised naturally without drugs for controlling parasites. Using medicines in all aspects is not wise. In some cases, you will find using medications […]

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While raising goats, some people face problems with their goats and parasites. In some cases, parasites can be the biggest hurdle when raising goats. But the good news is, goats can be raised naturally without drugs for controlling parasites. Using medicines in all aspects is not wise. In some cases, you will find using medications can harm goat’s health and cause more parasite issues. Most of the people who raise goats start by medicating regularly. Following models that will flip flop between wormers or just keep giving higher doses of the same wormer (by the suggestion of a vet most of the time). For raising goats as a business, you should have a good vet that will do them quickly for you or you should learn to do fecal exams.

Coccidia can put a goat down quickly and it’s about the hardest to handle. Most of the adult strong goats will contain an immunity to coccidia but may pass it on to young goats. When there is unsanitary wet conditions, coccidia is most easily caught. You can prevent and treat coccidia by using clover, garlic, mustard seek and pumpkin seed. Most of the worms in goat’s stomach can be easily controlled by using Diatomaceous Earth regularly. Diatomaceous Earth will cause small cuts on the worms and dry them out. Diatomaceous Earth also has a host of minerals which is needed by a healthy goat. There is also an another natural goat wormer ‘wormwood’. Wormwood will aid in removing worms from goats. It is a herb and you can easily grow indoors or in your garden or pasture and feed to your goats.

Stop buying goats frequently from the livestock market or from other farms. Emphasis on increasing the number of animals in your own herd. This is the easiest way to raise a healthy herd. Try to keep a cull and closed herd. New goats have different resistances and can throw things off. So, don’t bring in new goats when dealing with worms. If you find that some of your goats in the herd need to be medicated often, then they are either not getting the right minerals or they should be culled.

Always keep in mind that, goats will have worms and it’s natural. So, you should not try all time to get rid of them all. You should try to keep your goats healthy and in proper balance. If your goats have a worm infestation or if you have any sick goat, then they may die if wormed hard. A chemical to form in the stomach and that can kill your goats. Such condition occurs while having too many worms dieing off at the same time.

You cam make your goat’s live easier and healthier life by allowing them to eat browse, giving them clean water regularly, feeding them tasty and good quality hay and by giving them a mineral mix (such as Crystalyx for goats).

Look at there the inner eye lids (Famacha test). This is a good practice to get into. You can find out if you need your goats to worm harder or that things are going well depending on the color of the inner eye lid. On a few random goats perform this test regularly. You can do the test to all of your goats when it’s time to grooming or feet trimming.

You can provide Diatomaceous Earth to your goats daily in water or on hay. Black strap molasses has many minerals and will give your goats a boost. Start this before you have a worm infestation, because black strap molasses will take longer to show results. Remember worms don’t want to kill their host, they live off of them so try and keep a balance. If your goats are dying, then they may have a secondary issue. Could be from host of other issues, pneumonia or from poor house keeping. Learn more about goats and parasites from any expert vet if you want to raise goats naturally.

And also remember, what works for someone’s farm may not work for your or another farm. So, a variation may be need. No one is perfect and no one fully knows how to raise goats perfectly. Although, there are some common things that need to be done. Ensure that you supplement your goat’s feed with good hay, quality minerals and clean water. Also ensure a clean environment for your goats. Always keep the healthiest goats in your herd and you will have a healthy herd which will directly increase your earnings and overall production of your farm.

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Caring For Newborn Pygmy Goats http://www.roysfarm.com/caring-for-newborn-pygmy-goats/ http://www.roysfarm.com/caring-for-newborn-pygmy-goats/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:20:26 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2413 Some people love to raise a few Pygmy goats as pets and also for fresh milk supply daily. And most of the people want the size of their herd increase day by day. New life is always welcome in the barn or farmstead. So, it’s better if nature take it’s course in the animal kingdom. […]

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Some people love to raise a few Pygmy goats as pets and also for fresh milk supply daily. And most of the people want the size of their herd increase day by day. New life is always welcome in the barn or farmstead. So, it’s better if nature take it’s course in the animal kingdom. But sometimes, nature sidesteps our expectations and then we have to face sudden and unwanted hazards or challenges. It’s not unusual if you are raising goats. Sometimes, you might have to face such condition when a mother Pygmy goat abandons her baby kid to die. In such cases it falls to humans to intervene. Handling such situation and caring for newborn Pygmy goats  is not so easy and it’s involved with lots of dedication, time and hardworking. But it’s really worth doing if you love your animals. Isn’t it? However, here we are describing some important steps of caring for newborn Pygmy goats if it is abandoned by the mother.

Feeding
You must bottle-feed to save the kid from death if the mother Pygmy refuses to nurse. While bottle-feeding, the bottles should contain warm fluids. Because feeding cold fluids can cause digestive distress to the kid. Always follow the natural feeding position that allows milk to flow directly to the kid’s abdomen. You can feed the kid with it’s head tilted back. This is the best position for the kids. Give the kid 1 to 3 ounces of colostrum in the first hour of it’s life and every three hours after that for the first day. On the 2nd and 3rd day, feed the kid 2 to 3 ounces of colostrum or fresh/frozen goat’s milk (raw or whole cow’s milk will work). Feed them 8 to 10 times a day on their 2nd and 3rd day. Feed the kid 4 to 5 ounces of milk during the first week, 7 to 8 times a day. And then 6 times a day for the next two weeks. After that, feed them 6 to 8 ounces of milk daily on a decreasing frequency till their 2 months of age when they are weaned. Pygmy kids always don’t take bottles easily. Patience is the the key trait here.caring for newborn pygmy goats, caring for pygmy goats

Additional Care
Although feedings are crucial for saving life of Pygmy kids, additional care is also required. Sickly kids are often abandoned by the does. So monitor the baby goat to ensure a rectal temperature of 101.5° to 103.5° Fahrenheit. Place a goat with low body temperature in warm water. Then  towel and blow-dry, and then wrap loosely in a towel and place in a box with a towel-covered heating pad on low. You can also use a heat lamp in cold weather.

Why Does It Happen?
It occurs often enough to be considered a usual part of kidding. Over the years, goat farmers have come up with myriad reasons for this occurrence. Such as confusion of the doe, poor mothering, a lack of bonding etc. But whatever the cause, such conditions require human intervention to save the newborn kid’s life. And obviously, it’s heartbreaking to observe a newborn Pygmy kid stretching to nurse, only to be refused milk by it’s mother.

Prevention
The old saying “prevention is better than cure” definitely applies here. In most cases, when a doe give birth of kids for the first time, she often fails to take care of her babies. And immediate bonding is key to ‘jump-starting’ the mothering instinct. As a goat farmer, you need to move the kid in front of the mother to encourage cleaning and caring. Cleaning is the critical first step in the bonding process of mother and kids that leads to better nursing. Some people who raise goats regularly even place a bit of birthing fluid on the mother goat’s nose.

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Caring Miniature Goats http://www.roysfarm.com/caring-miniature-goats/ http://www.roysfarm.com/caring-miniature-goats/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:37:04 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2243 Raising and caring miniature goats is very easy and simple. They are smaller in size and very good as pets. Most of the miniature goats are of great temperament. Actually, these type goats are smaller than any other known and popular goat breeds. On an average, size of such miniature goats ranges from 15 inch […]

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Raising and caring miniature goats is very easy and simple. They are smaller in size and very good as pets. Most of the miniature goats are of great temperament. Actually, these type goats are smaller than any other known and popular goat breeds. On an average, size of such miniature goats ranges from 15 inch to 24 inch. And it’s very easy to care for them and are also suitable for children to look after. Nigerian dwarf and Pygmy goats are most popular and known miniature goats. However, here we are describing about the process of raising miniature goats.

Ensure Good Space For Your Goats
Compared to other common goat breeds, miniature goats require less space. They will be fine and live happily with a 20 feet * 20 feet space. The space should be fenced off for preventing roaming. About 5 feet high fencing will be suitable for your goats. Such fencing will also be helpful for preventing predators (such as dogs or foxes). Miniature goats are playful like other goat breeds. So, they need space for playing and having fun.

Make a Good Shelter
Make a good shelter for your goats to keep them safe from rainy and cold weather. Like other goat breeds, miniature goats also do not like being wet or windblown. So provide them a good shelter for getting out of the elements. As they are smaller in size, so any small type of shelter should be suitable for them. But the house should be suitable enough for providing enough room to each goat according to the number of goats you have. Try to keep the house clean always. And in the inside of the shelter you can use fresh straw as bedding.caring miniature goats, miniature goats, how to care for miniature goats, care for miniature goats, raising miniature goats

Provide Nutritious Food
Always try to feed your goats fresh and nutritious food. A good pasture with quality green feeds should be a priority for caring miniature goats. Supplement their foods with grain, hay and vegetables. Keep the hay feeders above the ground for preventing your goats from infection from parasites. If you feed your goats grain, then keep the grain in a large garbage can (preferably metal). Metal can will be helpful for keeping the grain safe from rats or mice. Ready-made feeds are also available for miniature goats in the market. You can also feed your goats this type of food. Whatever you feed your goats, just keep in mind that ‘the food is nutritious enough for keeping your goats healthy’.

Always Provide Clean Water
Goats don’t like dirty water. So always try to feed the goats sufficient amount of clean and fresh water according to their daily demands. Always ensure the water pot is filled with clean and fresh water.

Tips & Cautions For Caring Miniature Goats
It’s known to all that, ‘miniature goats are very affectionate’. They enjoy playing and also interacting with humans. It will be better, if you can keep some playing elements in front of them. Try to spend some time with your goats, and am sure both of you will be happy. Groom your goats on a regular basis. Miniature goats enjoy being brushed. Use special type of brush with soft bristles but is firm enough to brush through their hair. Trim their hooves at least after every four months. Vaccinate and deworm them regularly. Never feed your miniature goats excessive amount of grain. Because excessive grain can cause urinary calculi. And finally, always monitor your goat’s health and visit your vet if you notice any problems among your goats.

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How to Call A Goat http://www.roysfarm.com/how-to-call-a-goat/ http://www.roysfarm.com/how-to-call-a-goat/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:20:27 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2227 People are raising goats from a long time ago for various reasons. For example, people are raising goats as pets, for milk, for their coats or for goat meat. If you are raising goats as pets or for business purposes, then you should know how to call a goat. Domesticated goats can be fun. And […]

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People are raising goats from a long time ago for various reasons. For example, people are raising goats as pets, for milk, for their coats or for goat meat. If you are raising goats as pets or for business purposes, then you should know how to call a goat. Domesticated goats can be fun. And they are enjoyable pets who usually interact well with all members of the family. Goats are very intelligent. If you give your goats sufficient motivation, then they will learn how to come when they are called. This hoofed creatures have a short and bleating call, which they use to communicate with you or other goats in your herd. It requires a certain amount of practice and consistent repetition for teaching a goat to come to you when you call it. Trained goats can respond to whatever call the owner reinforced while they were young goats or kids. However, most of the time replicating the sound goats make will grab their attention.

Socialization
A lonely goat is more likely to bond quickly with you who does not have any companionship, and it will come to you when called. But a lonely goat doesn’t live happily, grow well and it is not the best situation for the goat. And it will be difficult to single out one individual goat within a herd of goats. Training a whole herd of goats to come when they are called will be difficult than training a couple of goats.how to call a goat, how to call goats, calling goats

Tame Goats
It will be difficult to teach a mostly unhandled or feral goat. On the other hand, it is much easier to train a tame goat to come when they are called. Personality and socialization level of your goat in reference to humans is going to be one of the deciding factors in determining whether the goat learns to come to you and how quickly it decides to do so.

Teaching Goats
You can start teaching your goats to come to you by calling them every time you go to their enclosure or pasture. Use treats and affection to reward your goats if they come to you, either because they want to or because you called them. Every time give your goat small reward (a hug or something tasty to eat), when you say your goat’s name and it is with you. Your goats will quickly learn to associate their name with a reward and will start looking for the treat when they hear it. Thus you can train your goats.

Treat
Goats will behave in manners that benefit them, as they are very simple animals. So, ensure that your goats benefit from coming to you every time when you call them. This is the easiest way to teach your goats to come when you call them. Some goats also will be happy with being petted as a reward for coming, and treats are the most effective reward for some goats. Ensure that you only give treats to your goats when they are behaving the way you want them to, if you are using treats for training your goats.

Listen to the sound that goats make when communicating with each other and observe which calls or sounds attract the fellow goats. You can replicate that noise yourself for calling your goats. Shaking some grain in a tin can is also a way for attracting or calling your goats. When they come to you feed them. This system will positively reinforce your goats to come to you. Keep continue doing this until you can simply make the goat like calling without shaking the food can. The system of how to call a goat is totally depends on you. You can use your own methods for calling your goats.

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Do Goats Whine All Night? http://www.roysfarm.com/do-goats-whine-all-night/ http://www.roysfarm.com/do-goats-whine-all-night/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:42:20 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2185 Do goats whine all night? It is a common question by the people who are raising goats for the first time. Actually, whining depends on various factors. A herd of healthy and happy goats usually do not whine all night. Whether you are raising goats as pets or for business purpose, happy goats are fairly […]

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Do goats whine all night? It is a common question by the people who are raising goats for the first time. Actually, whining depends on various factors. A herd of healthy and happy goats usually do not whine all night. Whether you are raising goats as pets or for business purpose, happy goats are fairly easygoing and they do not normally require a whole lot of extra care and maintenance. But on the other hand, a herd of unhappy goats can quickly become a real nuisance. It can be a sign that something is not right with your goats, if they are bleating, calling out, crying and whining all night. And in such cases you have to change the systems of caring for your goats. But in some cases, whining is natural. We are describing here usually when goats whine.

During Breeding Season
When the female goats of your herd go into heat or your male goats go into the rut, then you may hear quite of bit of noise. The goats make lots of noise who are in the midst of breeding season. During this time they make noise primarily for communicating their intentions with one another. Or in some cases they make noise because they are searching for an acceptable mate. Sometime, you may also hear a lot of noise from a new mother goat who is trying to communicate with her kids or from a pregnant goat. In the case of breeding-related noises, there isn’t much you can do about the clamor other than waiting it out.

Hungry Goats
The goats who are not allowed to browse in the pasture can make noise for foods. In most cases, domesticated goats have limited access to resources such as food and water. They rely on you for keeping them from going thirsty or hungry. If your goats run out of food or water for sometime, then they are going to use their only way of communication with you to tell you about their problem. In most cases your goats will make lots of noise and sometimes very loud noise, if they are hungry or need to drink water.hungry goat, lonely goat, aggressive goat

Lonely Goats
Goats thrive on interaction with one another as well as with their human companions, because they are social animals. So a single goat can make lots of noise. Purchasing a single goat and expecting it to live alone without companionship can cause various problems. Goats usually always bond to something or someone. And your goat will likely bond to you, if a single goat is not bonded to another goat who will stay with it in a small herd. You can expect your goat to cry and whine almost non-stop if you’re not right there with it every minute of the day, when your goat has started relying on you for all of it’s social needs. The easiest and quickest cure for a lonely goat is a second goat. So you need to purchase another goat to keep the single one company, if your goat is alone and crying all night.

Sick Goat
Sick goats also cry out repeatedly. Usually the goats who do not feel well, are sick or have been injured will also cry out almost all time. You need to thoroughly check your goats for signs of injury or illness, if your normally quiet and happy goats suddenly crying and whining all night. A sick goat may have diarrhea, be lethargic, a loss of appetite or remove himself from the rest of the herd. When your goats are injured or sick, then you should call your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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Effects of Goats on A Pasture http://www.roysfarm.com/effects-of-goats-on-a-pasture/ http://www.roysfarm.com/effects-of-goats-on-a-pasture/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 17:51:35 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2165 Do you know what are the effects of goats on a pasture? You should learn and it’s very important that you understand the effects of goats on a pasture, if you want to use your goats for agricultural purposes, such as land maintenance. You have to learn about the effects that a goat or a […]

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Do you know what are the effects of goats on a pasture? You should learn and it’s very important that you understand the effects of goats on a pasture, if you want to use your goats for agricultural purposes, such as land maintenance. You have to learn about the effects that a goat or a few goats will have on your pasture, before bringing your first goat home. Usually goats are not lawn mowers. That’s why you should not consider the goats as the best and time saving alternative for mowing the grass or weeds from your pasture land. Here we are trying to describe more about the effects of goats on a pasture.

Pasture & Goats
Goats usually love to graze on pasture land by nature. And they are very useful for clearing the brush and weeds out of a pasture. They help to prepare the land for using again for other animals such as cows and horses. Goats are perfect animal for clearing unwanted grass and plants, if your pasture is full of undesirable brush. At the same time, goats turned loose in a well-maintained pasture will typically wreak havoc on bushes and trees while leaving the grass to grow tall. However, goats don’t stand in one place and continuously mow grass and plats from different places. Usually goats wander frequently and they graze in small sections. While grazing, they create uneven patches of cleared brush and weeds while leaving other sections scruffy.effects of goats on a pasture

Fertilization
Goats provide excellent fertilization for your pasture while browsing. They consume grains and forage and then excrete them. Goat fecal matter provides a good source of nutrients for your land, grass and other plants.

What Do Goats Eat?
Your goats will not consume all plants and grasses from your pasture. Usually goats prefer to eat trees, weeds, scrubby bushes and various flowers more than they do grass. Sometimes these can’t meet up the nutritional demands of your goats. So, your goats will also need to be fed a ration of grain or other feed to make sure they are receiving a properly balanced diet. Goats are not maintenance-free and you have to be conscious about feeding your goats. And you also have to ensure enough nutrition for your goats in addition to allowing them to graze on forage in your pasture. For commercial goat farming business read what to feed goats & what to feed goats in stall feeding system.

Actually a single goat will have relatively little effect on a large pasture. You should have at least two goats regardless of the size of your pasture land. Because goats are social animal and they need social interaction to be happy and grow perfectly. You need to have at least a small herd of goat, if you want to reap the benefits of having goats on your pasture. And it also takes the goats a significant amount of time for grazing down an area. From a herd of goats you can’t expect overnight pasture improvements. You will likely still have to take the time to clear away leftover brush or to get rid of vegetation your goats find unpalatable.

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Causes of Fainting in Goats http://www.roysfarm.com/causes-of-fainting-in-goats/ http://www.roysfarm.com/causes-of-fainting-in-goats/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 10:49:55 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2123 Concern is the main causes of fainting in goats. Fainting also could be cause for concern in humans and some other animals. But fainting is normal in the case of myotonic goats. In myotonic goat faints lasts for about 10 seconds. They lose control of muscle function and thus balance and these small goats actually […]

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Concern is the main causes of fainting in goats. Fainting also could be cause for concern in humans and some other animals. But fainting is normal in the case of myotonic goats. In myotonic goat faints lasts for about 10 seconds. They lose control of muscle function and thus balance and these small goats actually don’t lose consciousness. Fainting is an odd phenomenon to see one literally fall in to the state. But usually a goat who suffers from fainting can live long, full life without major problems. So there is nothing important to worry about. Here we are describing the causes of fainting in goats.

Fainting is Not a Disorder
Fainting is not a disorder. The term ‘fainting’ is not exactly appropriate. Because that suggests changes in heart rate, respiration or other involuntary functions that could prove life-threatening. Goats fully recover the condition and none of these changes occur in the fainting goats. As expected, the more muscular the goats are, the more severely they are affected by this genetic abnormality.

Myotonic Goat
Myotonic goats are also sometimes known as fainting or wooden leg goats. Two domesticated varieties exist and they are indigenous to the United States. The larger ones reside in Texas. And the Tennessee goats are meat goats and are smaller in size. Conflicting tales regarding the origins of the fainting gene exist. But congenital myotonia is thought to be caused by a spontaneous genetic mutation.

Myotonia Congentia
Myotonia congentia is the neuromuscular result of a spontaneous mutation in an autosomal dominant gene. That means in order for the gene to pass to the offspring, only one parent needs to carry the trait. Essentially, when excited or panicked, signal for the ‘flight and fight’ response never make it to muscle fibers. And then the goats are left paralyzed. Approximately after 10 seconds (as soon as the stress response is complete), the goat fully recovers. As the trait causes no long-term health consequences, so it is not considered as a genetic disorder.

Adapting Fainting Goats
Despite the abnormality of myotonic goats, they are known for even muscular bodies, general genetic fitness, temperaments and parasite resistance. As a result of this, these goats continue to be bred for a great food source and as pets. While juveniles struggle with the unexpected fainting, it seems adults have a better grasp of preventative measures. Adult goats will often lean against other objects to remain standing or splay their legs in order to prevent falling over.

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What Types of Goats Live in Greece? http://www.roysfarm.com/what-types-of-goats-live-in-greece/ http://www.roysfarm.com/what-types-of-goats-live-in-greece/#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 16:32:22 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2112 Goats are very important animal in Greece. Goats are producing about 22 percent of the nation’s total milk production. And they are also contributing much in the meat production sector. When combined with sheep, about 43 percent of the nation’s meat production come from goats. There are various types of goat breeds are available in […]

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Goats are very important animal in Greece. Goats are producing about 22 percent of the nation’s total milk production. And they are also contributing much in the meat production sector. When combined with sheep, about 43 percent of the nation’s meat production come from goats. There are various types of goat breeds are available in Greece. Some of these breeds are popular for milk production and some are highly prized for their meat production. Usually the most prevalent types are generally prized either for their milk production, their meat or their hardiness in the face of harsh climates. However, here we are describing about the types of goats live in Greece.

Karystos Goats
Karystos is a small sized hardy goat breed. They are both hardy in harsh climates and disease resistant. They are usually black in color and have short and smooth hair. They produce a lower volume of milk than many other goat breeds. But their milk is of a far superior quality. During the milking period, a Karystos goat produce around 16 to 21 gallons of milk. As they produce lower volume of milk, so they are often used for meat production rather than milk. But the high quality of their milk has led farmers to attempt breeding Karystos goats with higher production.Skopelors goat, Skopelors goats, goat breeds in Greece

Skopelos Goats
Skopelors goat is the heaviest among the all other Grecian goat breeds. They are considered as one of the most important goat breeds in Greece. They produce milk highly. Even they can produce milk highly with poor quality fodder. Milk of Skopelos goats contain around 5 percent of milk fat (such amount is relatively a high percentage for goat’s milk). For improving the genetic stock of other existing flocks of Greece, farmers often use the male Skopelos goats. This goat is commonly raised in Greece for milk, although they are also used for meat production.

Vlahiki Goats
The Vlahiki goat breed descended from the Capra Prisca or from the wild goats of the island. They are known as the only truly indigenous goat breed in Greece. They are small in size but very hardy. They are well suited to the country’s rocky and mountainous terrain with their short legs. Vlahiki goats have thick hair that protects them from harsh weather. They have relatively low milk and meat production compared to other goat breeds. They are mainly popular for their hardiness and the capability of managing themselves with the environment.

Non-Native Goat Breeds
Many farmers of Greece choose to raise non-native goat breeds. Because the native Grecian goat breeds are relatively smaller in size and lower in milk production. Alpine and Saanen goats are particularly popular for their high milk and kid production.

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How to Help A Pygmy Goat Gain Weight? http://www.roysfarm.com/how-to-help-a-pygmy-goat-gain-weight/ http://www.roysfarm.com/how-to-help-a-pygmy-goat-gain-weight/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 01:34:40 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2103 Pygmy goats are pretty popular among the goat lovers, because they are relatively smaller in size, need less living space and require low maintenance and care. They remain kicking for several years with a fresh supply of water, forage and quality feed. They usually prefer a clean environment and require a very small living area. […]

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Pygmy goats are pretty popular among the goat lovers, because they are relatively smaller in size, need less living space and require low maintenance and care. They remain kicking for several years with a fresh supply of water, forage and quality feed. They usually prefer a clean environment and require a very small living area. Pygmy goats are also good milkers and a Pygmy doe provides a considerable amount of milk, compared with milk production of larger animals. However, a goat can be underweight for many reasons. For example illness, stress from moving or due to other aggressive goats in your herd who are not allowing your goats to eat sufficient amount of food. Although the most common reason of underweight of your goats is ‘worms’. The main symptoms of worms in goats include anemia, lethargy and a rough coat. If your underweight goats have any of these additional symptoms, then you can reasonably suspect intestinal parasites. Other causes of underweight in goats include lack of sufficient nutritious food, poor living space or any diseases. Here we are describing about how to help a Pygmy goat gain weight.

Feeding
Feeding quality foods and clean water is the key to keep your goats healthy. Always try to feed your Pygmy goats unlimited grass or hay for preventing weight loss. Sometimes you may notice your Pygmy goats are losing weight (even with an ample amount), if the forage is not high in nutrients. In such cases supplement the diet of your Pygmies with a quality commercial feed for Pygmy goats. But ensure that, you are not overfeeding the commercial feed. The digestive system of Pygmy goat is sensitive and designed to thrive on hay and grass or forage.african pygmy goat, pygmy goat, pygmy goats

Weight Assessment
If possible, perform a weight assessment on your Pygmy goats regularly. The current weight of your goats may be perfectly normal, what you may think is thin. The right weight varies depending on the size of your Pygmies. On an average, an adult Pygmy goat weights about 50 to 85 pounds. Your goats may also loss weight due to viral or bacterial infection like pneumonia. In such cases consult with your vet.

Vaccinating & Worming
Perform worming program according to the suggestion to your vet to help keep internal parasites from invading your Pygmies and weight loss. Sometimes the vet may take a stool sample and test for parasites (such as pinworms and roundworms), when treating an already thin goat. Also never forget to vaccinate your goats timely. Your Pygmies should receive Enterotoxaemia and tetanus vaccination at about their 8 weeks of age. Repeat the same dosage four to six weeks later. Administer a booster once a year and follow the recommendations by your vet.

Prevention of Weight Loss
Proper & nutritious feeding and watering is very important for preventing weight loss. Proper feeding and watering is not too difficult and this will help to keep your Pygmy goats healthy. Sudden changes in the eating habit of your goat or sudden personality change etc. may be the indicators that something is not right. Ensure that your goats have full access to sufficient amount of clean and fresh water at all time. They don’t like dirty water and a Pygmy goat may refuse to drink if the water is not fresh and clean. This can causes dehydration and possible weight loss in your goats. So always try to provide them sufficient amount of clean and fresh water according to their demand. Follow a worming schedule strictly according to the suggestion of your vet. Keep the new goats separate for a few days from your herd, if you get a new Pygmy. Keep the goat separated until you can properly vaccinate and worm the goat. Doing this will ensure that ‘no new parasites or diseases are introduced to the rest of your herd’.

These are the common practice that you can perform to help your goats gaining weights. Provide your goats with sufficient amount of nutritious food and clean water according to their demand. Thus you can prevent weight loss in your Pygmy goats.

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