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Feeding costs for goats, how to calculate and cut costs

Do you want to buy goats for your homestead or small scale farm? Do you wonder if it would be worth doing so and what it would cost you to feed goats? Well, here is how you know what feeding your goats would cost you. Feeding goats is the main cost factor of keeping goats. …

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What not to feed your goats

Where does the myth that goats can eat anything come from? And does that also mean that you can feed goats anything? Fact is that goats are not only picky, but goats can also eat wrong things like plastic, chicken food and poisonous plants. Don’t you believe me? You will only need to check the …

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Feeding goats 1

Can you give me the name of a country were there are no goats? No? Why not? Because they are very flexible in their diet. Does that mean goats eat everything? No, definitely not. How does that work? Let’s look into goats natural eating habits and how their digestive system works. Why would we look …

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Goat

  Why Body Condition Scoring?   Body Condition Scoring (BCS) is a practical DIY tool to find out what fat and muscle reserves a goat has. It is a way to find out about the well being of a goat. Whether it gets enough nutrition and is living in the right conditions. It can be …

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Rather than being grazers, goats are browsers: they look beyond the grassy pasture to the shrubs and small trees. While they occasionally (and possibly disastrously) love fresh green herbs and vegetables from the garden, their preferred diet is a mix: some grass, some herbs, and some leaves of the trees and shrubs. If it’s the …

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In the morning, when we get up I see our goat Bianca through the window. She is looking though the window into our sleeping room, thinking: “maybe they are up and bring me some food”… So the morning starts; and our little farming story. After breakfast I go down to the goats to feed and …

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Clearing land with goats

Every year in January and February we walk the goats over our terraced orchard. Yes! Right though our orchard. Clearing land with goats and having fruittrees at the same time is very possible. We have about 80 fruittrees on our terraced land. In summer the trees are irrigated and nothing much grows under the trees. …

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