How to Get Started With Goats Without Going Broke
Whether you have a couple of pet wethers or you're thinking about bringing a few milkers into your life, this class will teach you what you need to know to keep them healthy and happy with proper housing and suitable fencing. You'll also learn how to decipher a goat pedigree and discover smart buying tips.
- Are you worried that your goats will freeze over the winter?
- Have you heard that goats are a challenge to keep fenced in?
- Where's the best place to buy a livestock guardian?
- What type of animal will work best to guard the goats on your farm? Dog, llama, or donkey?
- Do pedigrees confuse you? (What's the difference between a buck with a *B and a +S?)
- Do you know how much noise you should hear when you listen to a goat's rumen?
- What does normal goat poop look like?
- What should you do -- and NOT do -- when two goats are fighting?
- Do you know if your goat is underweight, overweight, or just right?
In this course, you'll learn the answers to all of those questions and more! Through lectures and videos, you will learn information that I learned the hard way. I wasted hundreds of dollars in the early years, buying too many things from catalogs that sounded like I needed them.
Gain confidence that your goats won't drop dead tomorrow OR be running all over the countryside.
Save money AND keep your goats healthier by not overbuilding your goat housing.
Save time by not searching the Internet and trying to weed through a dozen opinions.
In 2002, Deborah and her family moved to 32 acres on a creek in the middle of nowhere to grow their own food organically. With the help of goats, sheep, pigs, and poultry, they produce 100% of their meat, eggs, and dairy products, as well as a large percentage of their vegetables, fruit, and herbs. Deborah is the author of six books, including Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally, as well as her latest book, Goats Giving Birth. She also teaches sustainable agriculture courses online for the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She has been teaching Raising Dairy Goats Sustainably since 2013 and Pastured Poultry since 2015.
StartLivestock Guardians (38:13)
StartDay to Day (32:42)
StartChoosing a Good Goat Mineral (13:18)
StartWhat do goats eat?
StartWhat do goats eat? (Cheat sheet)
StartBasics of Bottle Feeding
StartMilk and Meat Withdrawal Following Drug Use (PDF)
StartMilk and Meat Withdrawal Following Drug Use (video) (3:55)
StartHow to Remove a Liver for Mineral Testing (4:46)
StartHow to Bury a Goat (3:02)
Deborah has been helping people raise goats for more than a decade, in person, online, and through her books ...
"These courses, Goats 101 & Copper Deficiency, are so informative. Helps you to listen to your goats and give them what they need. Instructor replies to comments quickly & with ideas that help. I wholeheartedly recommend anyone with goats to enroll and learn. "
- Lisa Cotter, Nova Scotia, Canada
"In 2010, when I first considered getting goats, I was fortunate to find Deborah's goat group, NigerianDwarfGoats.ning.com. I spent many hours there reading through the archives and learned a lot. Being able to freely ask questions was extremely helpful. Since then, I have joined various facebook groups, but this site is always my go-to site for accurate answers and the best up-to-date information. Deborah is very much abreast on the latest information which is so very important. "
- Glenna R. Bowman, Vancouver, WA
"After having discovered Deborah's Nigerian dwarf goat forum and purchasing her book, I found myself relying on Deborah as my online goat mentor. When I had a mini-crisis with my goats, Deborah came to my rescue and helped me pull through it with her knowledge and expertise. She has been immeasurably important in my journey with goats."
- Julia Stephens, Asheville, NC
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