Throughout the year we tried to have events that will help in the raising and even the starting in raising of goats on a farm. We have a few classes that deals with the most important questions: How to Deal with Raising Goats These classes happen a few times a year. We will present to you an approximately 2-3 hour seminar on basic goat care, breed information and show preparation. We are able to have these classes when requested and we DO have them at least least around the beginning of meat goat season in Georgia.
We will try and cover the following topics in discussion: 1) Establishing & maintaining health status in your herd. (Feed and Nutrition and Needed Records to Keep) 2) Pasture/fence requirements (Predator Control, Fence Types and Field Rotation) 3) Breeds of goats (the following breeds will be represented either in crosses or pureblood, Full Blood Kiko, Boer, Myotonic, Angora/Cashmere, Saanen, Lamancha) Not in depth breed discussions .
5) Establishing and maintaining a high health status in your herd. (Biosecurity, Record Keeping and Things to Look For)
6) Basic health care and maintenance (We are NOT veterinarians, nor do we have the experience or training to diagnose or treat your animals. We recommend that any time you are unsure of what may be wrong with your animal that you consult your local veterinarian)
7) Optimizing management to meet farm goals (choosing a production system, choosing breeds, production quality standards and marketing)
8) Hands on demonstrations involving hoof trimming, administering oral and injection medications, taking a goat’s temperature and identifying the parts of a goat (This may vary in each segment of the demonstration) I do these because when I started in goats there was no real good answers out there on question that I had. I hope and have seen over the past years that there are other out there with the same question I had when I started. I enjoy and hope the passing on of this type of a few on one classes have and will help. So, if you’re in the look for and want one to contact me. You can even subscribe, and I will get the times to you. If you want call and we can even set up a class.
Our class and seminars have hands on so we can make it easier for you can take the informationhome with you that you have learned. As in any situation all participants must sign a release of liability form that releases the farm of all potential accidents and/or situation that could happen. As you know dealing with animals anything can and usually do happen.
As you see it is just that. UP CLOSE & PERSONAL . These are not times were you just get to back and watch. This gives everyone the chance to take home as must as they can. I believe in a teaching method that I retain the most from. It is the SEE ONE, DO ONE, and teach one. You are able to experience the first two at the farm while it is fresh on your mind.
GOAT HOOF CARE:
No goat needs to walk on high heels or bad shoes. I have given CLASESS at the farm to show how to fix/cut goat feet. I will show you how to use File, Hoof Shears and even a Angle Grinder with sanding disc . An individual brought one of his goats. I took a few before and after pictures to show what a few minutes and a few tools can do. I have been asked if I would travel and teach a class and even cut the feet off someone herd. The answer is, yes to both questions. If you want a class e will have to get together on all the small details. So give me a call or PM.
You can see the goat looks like she is wearing high heels. The pastern are in bad shape and this can effect the animal in many ways. I usually say that they are walking on highhe
If you look the pastern looks better and the high heels are gone. This is a first cutting and there will need to be some now but it is on the way to be corrected.
These are the rear hoofs of the same goat above. They have been growing the same as the front, but the owner was originally told not to cut the "frog" (Rear of the hoof) and that is
This is the rear hoof that I corrected. If you look at the hoof the pasterns look alot better.
The doe is walking alot better and if the hoofs are keep cut will continue walking well.
The feed and the area the animal lives can and do affect the hoofs of all animals
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