Raising goats without losing your mind ...No one ever said raising goats was easy, but it doesn't have to cost a fortune or drive you crazy! You just need the right information. Unfortunately you may have noticed that there is a ton of conflicting information out there about goats.
What if you could ...
- Enjoy spending time with your goats without worrying, "Is that normal?"
- Feel confident that you're following the latest guidelines on parasite control in goats
- Understand the difference between mineral mixes that are ideal versus those that are a waste of money and will lead to deficiencies
- Have your goats feed your garden by making compost with their manure
- Make money by selling your goat products
- And what if you could do it all without spending a fortune on drugs, supplements, and equipment?!
The goal of Goats 365 is to cut through the clutter and give you the information you need. Your membership includes access to 6 courses:
- Goat Basics
- Buying goats
- Life with Goats
- Livestock guardians
- Milk production
- Bottle feeding
- Milk and meat withdrawal after drug use
- Case studies
- Printable forms for record keeping
- Online forms for record keeping
- Parasites in Goats
- Myths about worms and deworming
- The latest research-based recommendations on using dewormers
- Interviews with leading parasitologists, researchers, and professors
- Alternative dewormers that work and those that don't
- Genetics and parasites
- Rotational grazing
- Bibliography of research
- Goat Nutrition
- Grain and goat feed
- Free-choice goat minerals
- Goat's nutritional wisdom
- Goat Health and Wellness
- Abcesses and CL
- Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE)
- Floppy Kid Syndrome
- Foot rot
- Hardware Disease
- Pink eye
- Respiratory conditions
- Scours (diarrhea)
- Skin Cancer
- Sore Mouth (Orf)
- Urinary stones (urinary calculi)
- White muscle disease
- What can you compost?
- How to use compost in the garden
- Compost bin versus pile
- How to make your own worm bin
- Hot to use vermicompost
- Homestead Businesses
- Choosing a homestead business
- Liability and legal issues to consider
- Marketing your homestead business
- How to use Facebook for growing your business
- How to create beautiful graphics for free
- How to create a WordPress website
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.
What do people have to say about Goats 365 and Deborah's online classes and her mentorship?
"I have loved having the Goats 365 membership. It was especially helpful during this past year of experiencing new things, like disbudding our goats! It was so nice to have Deborah respond back quickly to my text messages because I was so uncertain about the overall procedure. Watching videos is one thing, but actually doing it is another! I also had my first experience with mastitis and Deborah was quickly able to confirm my concerns, and helped me with getting some advice from her vet until mine was reachable! The monthly zoom meetings are another wonderful benefit! Camaraderie with other goat lovers has been a welcome distraction over these past few months!"
-- Tammy Gallagher, Texas
"I need to tell you that I am sure your course has been a lifesaver for my goats. I was doing everything wrong. Our property is Barber's Pole worm heaven, warm and wet. We are now rotating the goats regularly and they are in a dry lot until after all the dew has subsided in the mornings. I thought my goats were going to die. They were very anemic, thin, and had no energy. But they are doing so much better and are happily jumping around again. Still now, all the goat people I know are doing the wrong thing and giving me bad advice but I am ignoring it all and only going by what you have been saying... and it is working! Thank you very much."
-- Andrea in Australia
"You’ve already helped me so much via Goats 365 and it’s hands down the best subscription I’ve ever had. I wish more of the top experts in different fields were doing this kind of mentoring offer."
-- Kelly in Norway
"My wife Kim and I will never be able to thank you enough for your help and guidance with our little herd. When we began, there were many myths and misinformation on the internet about raising and caring for goats. We sought to do our best; having you as a resource has been invaluable. Hopefully, one day, we'll meet so we can hug you."
-- Damien and Kim, Olivia's Creekside Farm in Lorena, Texas
"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
Go Premium + Get Personal Support
You can become a member at the basic level if you just want to access the courses and work through them on your own time. However, if you want a virtual mentor and you prefer learning in a live environment, you can subscribe at the Premium level. That means you will have access to ...
- THREE monthly Q&A video calls on Zoom -- two in the evening and one during the day -- You can take your phone out to your barn and show me something that you have a question about, or you can "attend" from the comfort of your computer and simply ask questions or lurk and listen to everyone else's questions and answers.
- Priority email support -- Emails from Premium members are at the top of the queue. (Although I try to respond to all emails, I sometimes get behind by two or three days on messages from non-members.)
* Premium Annual Bonus *
Subscribe at the Premium level for one year and get unlimited text support! You will get my phone number and can text me with questions between meetings. (Please note that this does not replace your need to have a veterinarian. I will be your virtual mentor, not your virtual vet.)
Why Join Goats 365 Premium?
"I have found all of the offerings in Goats 365 to be invaluable, from the online courses to the monthly Zoom question-and-answer sessions to the individualized counseling and troubleshooting from Deborah. Deborah bases her teaching and guidance on evidence and on her decades of experience raising goats. She makes herself very accessible for questions and advice. I am so grateful for the wisdom and evidence-based information that she shares and for the care she takes in helping me with my herd of Nigerian dwarf goats. They are happier and healthier thanks to her! I highly recommend Goats 365 for any goat owner or anyone who is considering raising goats."
-- Jane Saiers, RambleRill Farm
"If you love talking about your goats, Goats 365 is the group to join! After joining Goats 365 I instantly had a wealth of information at my fingertips to read as well as Deborah’s personal experiences in raising goats. I have also made new social media friends through the Zoom meetings and have learned from their experiences as well. Deborah has so much information available by website, books, a Zoom call, a text, and even a personal phone call. With all the experience Deborah has had raising goats, it’s comforting to know (with my Goats 365 membership) that I can email, text, or call her with any questions I have. Thank you Deborah for all the work you put into Goats 365!"
-- Teresa Cole - Tomball, Texas
I started keeping goats four years ago. I didn't have any previous experience with goats, and I tried my best to educate myself with a couple of books and some social media goat groups. But I always felt confused and a little uneasy on whether or not I could trust the information I was getting.
Discovering Deborah was absolutely the best thing that could have happened to me on my goat adventure! All of the information she puts out on her website, podcasts, newsletters, and classes is credible and backed up by the best research and her personal experiences.
I enrolled in some of her classes, which helped me get through our first kidding season when we had frigid temperatures of 6 degrees with our first birth. I followed her tips about what to do when the kids are born in such cold temps. Because of her teaching, the kids did just fine.
Being in Goats 365 has been the best investment ever! Deborah has personally helped me many times. Having access to all the courses and information has been wonderful! My goats look and act healthy, and their coats have never been so gorgeous. I credit Deborah's teaching for that.
Deborah even helped me save money by answering my questions about cream separators!
Most importantly, Deborah gives me a sense of security, knowing that help is right there when I need it. That is priceless!
~~ Lynn Brown, Ohio