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Livestock & Pets : Dairy goats

The articles below cover a number of topics about dairy goat health and farming. There are more articles in Goats, Angora Goats and The Basics sections too. If you're looking for something in particular then use the search box above. If not, then browse the article titles and see what there is to help you.  If you can't find an answer here then why not ask in our discussion forums? One of the very friendly and helpful members is sure to be able to help you.

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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.

This eight part series deals with the care of goats of the dairy breeds such as Saanen, Nubian and Toggenburg.

Dairy goats, like meat and fibre goats, need good feed. 

Milking goats provide milk for the family, even butter and cheese, at little cost. 

Hand milking goats is not an easy procedure.

Keeping goats in can be a challenge for the farmer!

This is a fairly long article, but there do seem to be rather a lot of significant health problems in dairy goats. 

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. 

This last part in our series on dairy goats considers keeping of one or two pet goats of a dairy breed.

CAE is a disease of goats caused by a virus. It is present in many herds throughout New Zealand.

If you are thinking of getting goats, then you need to be well prepared.

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