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Things you should know when buying a Dairy Goat. Be careful where you get your advice/information from. if you frequently get on goat message boards be careful what you trust. There are some good boards and some bad boards out here. Do not take one person's advice, do your research and buy a goat book. I highly advise buying these books: Goat Medicine, Goat Keeper Veterinary Handbook, Storey's guide to raising dairy goats, and Goat Health Handbook.

Always remember NEVER allow your goats to eat plants such as: cherry, plum, and peach trees, mountian laurel, poke plant, nightshades, rhoderdendrum, etc. A cool website to look at for goat stuff in for the extensive list of plants that are bad for your goat.

Keep plenty of clean fresh water especially in the summer. A trick i have learned is to go buy a toilet bowl scrubber and keep in by your water tanks so every time you fill it up take a few seconds to clean the tank. Shelter for you animals in essential to a well-managed herd--it will keep them out of the rain, cold weather, heat, as well as keep predators away.

Never feed any kind of mold hay or feed and make sure your feeding supplies are put up correctly in a sanitary environment. If you purchase a new animal for your herd make sure when you bring it home that you quarantine for at least 48 hours and monitor it this will help you as well as the goat. It help in a couple ways: to minimize the stress level of the new arrival and to help bring down the chances of it getting hurt or sick.

Secondly, quarantine will help you asses the condition, health, and behavior of the new animals. also if your not sure about any diseases in this time you can find out by drawing blood and having it tested for CAE and other things if this process is to be taking the quarantine will last longer but will be beneficial to the well-being of your herd.

If you purchase a kid think about separating it for a while or feeding it alone os it will get the adequate amount of feed to help the young animal grow into its full potential.

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