Located in S.E. Wisconsin ~ Near the IL border

Welcome to our Farm
Where we strive to fill the needs of our herd
and our customers.

Goat Care Info

I accept calls for Goat related questions
@ (262) 705-1417

I am not a veterinarian ~ Can give only experience related guidance

Basic care of Goats is Easy ~ It's when something is wrong that it gets tricky
If you want to read in depth ~ click on Goat Care link below.

Goat Care PDF

Make sure everyone comes running at feed time - If they don't, something is wrong.
(Never use feed/minerals that say for sheep & goats!!!)
Sheep cannot tolerate the amount of copper that goats Require.
Do Not Feed Bucks/Wethers "Sweet Feed Grain". 
Corn is a "Hot" feed, and should be fed in moderation.
If they require supplementation beyond hay, feed a pelleted grain,
or dry oatmeal, in moderation, is a good choice. 
A little goes a long way, so don't over feed any type of grain.
Goats love treats:  Fallen tree branches, Grapes/raisins, bread/crackers.
Stale chips, bread & cereal are favorites here.
Goats Love watermelon and bananas, and un-carved Halloween pumpkins. 
Cut them open and they will gobble them up.
My goats Love those biscuits that come with a meal from Kentucky Fried Chicken.
They gobble them up.
If I want them to come running, all I have to do is crinkle a wrapper,
even with my unfriendly goats.
However, remember that treats are just that, and only work well alongside
 a nutritious feeding program. 

Feed Fresh, nutritious hay (with or without alfalfa - as needed). 
Provide Clean water in a clean bucket (ice free in winter).
Provide loose minerals/mineral block, available at all times.
Some provide salt, available in a separate dish or block. 
Well balanced grain product for your does. It gives them added nutrients
 & minerals that they need. It is easy to over-do
with grain, so watch your animals condition to determine how
much/little they may need. During lactation, more protein is needed.

Hoof trimming is necessary every 4-6 weeks
Trimming is necessary to keep your animal from developing hoof rot and leg/hoof issues.

If your animal has diarrhea, take a fecal sample to your local Vet ASAP!!!
This is the ONLY way to find out what you might be dealing with...
(Worm load & what type, or Coccidiosis).
This is the correct way to determine the problem, so that you can treat with
 the correct medication.
Worms & Coccidia are very common, and are also the #1 killers of goats.

Housing:
 
Provide draft free housing for your goat with bedding that is clean and dry.
I prefer shavings over straw, as it is absorbent, and easier to clean up.
Make sure that any enclosed space is kept clean and free of strong urine odor.
Fresh air is necessary even in the cold of winter.  During those long,
 cold winter months you can also provide a heat lamp or a goat coat on the nights that are
below freezing,  but I believe they stay plenty warm with their thick winter coats,
and a draft free, dry house & a friend or two to snuggle up to for warmth.

Fencing:
I've found, through years of trial and error, that cattle panels are the
best fencing to use for goats. 
 Easy to install using steel fence posts.  Sturdy and strong enough to withstand
 your goats abuse. You can buy gates made from the same material as well,
or use a chain link gate or devise one of your own.
 You might want to get the combination bottom style if you are housing
young goats that can escape through the bottom panels.
 You can easily attach screen or wire to the bottom temporarily for those
small escape artists.  Once they  are about 6 months old even most
miniatures are too big to fit through the regular cattle panels.

Feeders: 
I've found that it is difficult to keep goats from wasting hay.
Any feeder you have chosen, hay bag, hay rack, milk crate, Expensive feeder
or whatever you might use, goats will eat what they pull out of the
feeder in their mouth,
and let the rest fall to the ground where it is Now Bedding or garbage
for us to clean up.  feeders should be at eye level or lower, as chafe
 falling into the goats eyes can cause eye irritations & pink eye.

Always remember that it's better to be safe than sorry. 
Call for HELP if you cannot handle a health matter with your animal. 
Waiting too long can mean the difference between life and death.

If you want to read in depth ~ click on Goat Care link below.

Goat Care PDF

We raise, show & sell Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats.
We Breed for Quality, from Select Stock.
We milk by hand & bottle raise our kids.

Our Herd Testing is Negative ~ CAE & Johne's

Many photos on this site are taken by myself, however...
Many Photos are being used with Individual Permission.
Please Do Not use Photos unless permission has been granted,
and when granted, always give photo credit accordingly.
Thank you ~ !

To give real service you must add something
 which cannot be bought or measured with money.
 That is sincerity and integrity.

The only place that "Success" comes before "Work"
is the Dictionary~!


VickiLolson@gmail.com
Cell:  (262) 705-1417

Pleasant Prairie, WI (S.E. Wisconsin)
Tested Animals ~ Johne's & CAE