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Goats need holiday care
Goats that have chewed their way through the dry herbage at many gateways over the summer need as much holiday care as any other animal in the family or on the farm.
Goats - at the end of their tether
Do you think the easiest way to keep your verge tidy might be to get a goat? Don’t be fooled - it takes a lot of time and effort to look after a tethered goat properly.
Goats and trace elements – to supplement or not?
Not a lot is known about the requirements of goats for trace elements like iodine, selenium, copper and cobalt.
The Code of Welfare for Goats: Part Two – Dairy goats and housed goats
Some of you keep your goats for their milk, either for home supply or as part of your farming business...
Haemonchus contortus (barber's pole worm) in goats
Barber's pole worms (Haemonchus contortus) have been the cause of a lot of goat ill-health, and many goat owners will have suffered losses as a result of this nasty parasite.
The Code of Welfare for Goats: Part One - Tethering, cold goats and thin goats
Goats now have good legal protection against any treatment that causes unnecessary or unreasonable suffering.
Aging goats by teeth
Goats have no top teeth and instead have a hard dental pad that their bottom incisors bite against.
Welfare issues with goats
There are plenty of goat welfare issues. Footrot a major problem with goats and is difficult to cure once established.
Those of you who have goats will know they are not the hardy creatures many people think they are.
Plants that poison goats
Assume that all garden shrubs are a potential danger to goats. Some plants cause delayed poisoning as well as immediate poisoning eg ragwort and St John’s wort.
Worm control in Goats
Throughout their lives, goats are very susceptible to worms in their stomach and intestines.
Very similar to sheep, they have a similar blind spot at the rear – but they are more difficult to catch using this area as they are generally more alert than sheep.
Dairy goats: Not for the faint hearted
If you are thinking of getting goats, then you need to be well prepared.
CAE – caprine arthritis-encephalitis in dairy goats
CAE is a disease of goats caused by a virus. It is present in many herds throughout New Zealand.
Dairy goats - at the end of a tether and the end of the series
This last part in our series on dairy goats considers the keeping of one or two pet goats of a dairy breed.
Dairy goats - disbudding, castration, identification and euthanasia
No matter how much we love our goats, we have to subject them to some unpleasant procedures from time to time, like disbudding, castration, and ear-tagging.
Dairy goats - health
This is a fairly long article, but there do seem to be rather a lot of significant health problems in dairy goats.
Dairy goats - hand milking
Milking goats provide milk for the family, even butter and cheese, at little cost.
Mycoplasma mycoides mycoides large colony (MmmLC) in dairy goats
The finding of MmmLC in a dairy goat herd in July 2001 led to a disease investigation undertaken by MAF, because MmmLC was previously considered exotic to New Zealand.
Farming Dairy Goats: Introduction
This eight-part series deals with the care of goats of the dairy breeds such as Saanen, Nubian and Toggenburg.
The magic of mohair
Snuggling up to a soft mohair blanket is a simple luxury, and we are so lucky in New Zealand to have some of the world’s best mohair producers on our doorstep.
Hands-on at the goat face
We've been farming angora goats for over fifteen years and can't imagine life without them now.
Castrating and dehorning angora goats
Angora goats are not usually dehorned although the horns are usually tipped (the last 1cm of horn clipped off) as they can be extremely sharp.