At 4 weeks till due date, we give our pregnant does a CD&T shot and hoof trim. This allows the dam to pass the immunity of clostridia and tetanus to her kids. I also start giving a 1000 mg Vitamin E capsule once daily. Vitamin E helps strengthen the uterus. At this time we also start the does on Alfallfa to ensure they're getting enough calcium in their diet.
At 2 weeks out, I drench Primrose Oil capsules to the doe to help ripen her cervix along with calcium carbonate. We also introduce small amounts of grain back into the doe's diet and increase the amount slowly until delivery.
At a couple days out, we separate our pregnant does prior to delivery to protect unborn kids.
After the kids birth, we dip their navel cords in Iodine. We make sure kids are dried off and are walking around. If babies need help finding dam's teats, we will guide them to help get them sucking milk. After the doe has finished kidding, she gets a bucket of warm molasses water and grain/Alfahay mixture. We give the doe an herbal wormer for 3 days straight using Fir Meadow's DwormA and GI Soother.
At 7 days, if the kid is not polled (naturally hornless) we will disbudd them.Because these are dairy goats, all our goats will be disbudded.
Since our primary goal is milk production, we seperate kids at 2 weeks of age from dam for 12 hours during the night. After we milk the dam out in the morning, we bottle feed the kids the dam's milk and then reunit dam with her kids for the day.
At 3, 6, 9 and 12 weeks old, kids get Toltrazuril 5% (Baycox) to help prevent coccidiosis. Kids are given 1ml per 5 pounds of body weight.
Kids get their first hoof trims at 4 and 8 weeks. Nobody leaves here without a proper pedicure!
Kids are typically weaned at 8 weeks old and are ready for their new homes! By now, they are eating solid foods and drinking water.
If a buck is going to be wethered, we cut at 12 weeks old. This allows time for the urinary tract to develop as much as it can to help prevent Urinary Calculi. We prefer the cutting method around the Farmer's Almanac "Best Days to Castrate" as there is no blood from this procedure and the wether will heal much faster than banding.
We do not give kids CD&T and leave that decision up to the new owners if they'd prefer to vaccinate their kids.
Our goats get fresh water twice a day.
All non-lactating goats get free choice local grass hay daily along with access to pasture grass to graze. Our milkers are fed Eastern Oregon Alfalfa and orchard hay. When bucks are in rut, they are fed alfalfa/orchard mix to maintain their body weight. Growing kids are fed an alfalfa/orchard mix.
In our pink water buckets, we add ACV (apple cider vinegar) as a secondary choice to fresh water because of all the amazing benefits ACV provides. Most of our goats prefer to drink the ACV water before the plain water!!
Lactating does are fed grain on the milk stand in the AM and PM with a grain combination of: whole barley, whole oats, alfalfa pellets, field peas, whole flaxseed, BOSS (black oil sunflower seeds) and yeast. The girls are offered Alfahay while waiting to be milked.
Free Choice Loose Minerals
We offer free choice mineral feeders containing:
1. Sweetlix meat maker loose minerals
2. Duraferm Goat Concept Aide loose minerals
2. Payback 16-8 Goat Mineral Plus mixed
3. ZinPro 40 (zinc)
4. Baking soda. ** Our bucks and wethers DO NOT have access to baking soda due to
males needing acid in their urine to prevent urinary calculi **
5. Thorvin Kelp
free choice feeders
Our goats are wormed once a week with a DoTerra essential oil blend of: oregano, wild orange, lemongrass and cloves. We worm with Fir Meadows DwormA and GI Soother the day before, on and day after a full moon.
The full moon worming is due to 'circalunar' reproductive cycles, especially common in nematodes/helminths including parasitic species. Just like marine worms tend to form reproductive swarms as the moon approaches the fullest, terrestrial ones tend to as well. So that's the best time to wipe out adults and eggs while they're in the lower bowels to breed, so they can easily be eliminated without causing the host problems.