For the Love of Goats

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We are talking about everything goats! Whether you're an owner, a breeder, or just a fan of these wonderful creatures, we've got you covered. Join host and author Deborah Niemann as she interviews experts and goat lovers so we can all learn more about how to improve the health and production of our goats, improve our relationships, and possibly even start a goat business.

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Older Goats: Arthritis, Dental Issues, and More
Even though most of you reading this probably don't think of your goats as food animals, that is how they are categorized in the veterinary world. Since very few food animals don't have the opportunity to live out their natural lives, there is little research on dealing with health challenges in individual animals. The focus tends to be on herd health, contagious diseases, and production. It can become even more challenging to care for them in old age because there is even less research on the health issues faced by senior animals. So, what's a goat owner to do when our favorite goats get old? In this episode, I'm talking to Dr. Michael Pesato, assistant clinical professor of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners for Food Animal Practice. In a previous article on senior goats, I discussed what to expect in terms of reproduction as your goats get older, as well life expectancy, and parasites in older goats. In this episode, we are discussing some of the most common challenges faced by senior goats, including how to deal with age-related arthritis, dental issues, and extremes of hot and cold temperatures, which are especially challenging for older goats. See full show notes here >> To see the most recent episodes, visit Want to support the content you love? Head over to --
Mastitis in Goats
Whenever a doe's udder has a different texture or temperature than normal, mastitis is the first thing that we all worry about. Today's topic has been one of the most requested from my listeners, so I know it's something we all worry about from time to time. Dr. George McCommon, professor of veterinary science and public health at Fort Valley State University, joins us today to talk about the basics of mastitis, as well as his current research project. We start with mastitis symptoms and how a hot, hard udder is not always present when a doe has mastitis. In fact, when a doe has gangrenous mastitis, her udder may actually be cold. We discuss the California Mastitis Test, better known as the CMT, and I got my question answered about when the reagent expires! We discuss conventional antibiotic treatments, and we also talk about how probiotics might play a role in treating mastitis. That's the subject of Dr. McCommon's research right now, and they are still working on figuring out which probiotic strains work best. In this episode, we also talk about one of my biggest mistakes as a goat owner. Years ago I thought a doe had hypocalcemia when in fact, she had gangrenous mastitis. To learn more about how those two things could get confused, check out our episode on hypocalcemia in goats. See full show notes here >> To see the most recent episodes, visit Want to support the content you love? Head over to --
Importing Goats
If you've ever thought about importing goats from another country, today's episode is for you. Buying a goat from across the globe is not nearly as simple as buying a goat from across the country. There are a number of restrictions and testing required for goats, depending upon which country they are coming from, and Dr. Mary Kate Anderson, Staff Veterinary Medical Officer at the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, joins us in this episode to talk about everything you need to know before importing goats or sheep into the U.S. We talk about rules for importing live animals, as well as sperm and embryos. Dr. Anderson also discusses some of the recent rules changes that actually make it easier to import goats, so if you looked at this option a few years ago and gave up, now is a good time to revisit it.  If you want to learn more about selling goats to people in other countries, check out our episode on exporting goats. See full show notes here >> To see the most recent episodes, visit Want to support the content you love? Head over to --
Cashmere Goats
Recently the Cashmere Goat Association voted to make Cashmere goats a breed. Prior to that vote, a "cashmere" goat was just a goat with a specific type of cashmere fiber. Although all goats have a cashmere undercoat, cashmere goats must have fiber of a specific length, and they must produce at least 2 ounces per year. In this episode I'm having a conversation with Christine Hulse, secretary of the Cashmere Goat Association, talking about the breed standard, as well as the fiber standards. Christine talks about why people raise Cashmere goats, how to harvest the fiber, and what you can do with their fiber. See full show notes here >> To see the most recent episodes, visit Want to support the content you love? Head over to --
Cache Valley Virus: One Breeder's Experience
Until recently, most goat breeders had never heard of Cache Valley Virus. I heard about it two years ago when an animal scientist told me that they were having a horrible time with it in their research flock. Today's guest had never heard about Cache Valley Virus until a few months ago when she started seeing a lot of very weird things happening in her goat herd — a doe freshening with no milk, kids born with birth defects, kids dying within the first couple of weeks after birth, a tiny 2-pound LaMancha kid, an amorphus globosus, and more. Cache Valley Virus is spread by carrier mosquitoes that bite a doe or ewe in the second month of pregnancy. In this episode we are talking to Briana Desfosses of Fox Pride Dairy Goats in New Hampshire about her experience when Cache Valley Fever struck her herd this past kidding season. See full show notes here >> To see the most recent episodes, visit Want to support the content you love? Head over to --
Keeping Goats and Chickens Together
 Have you thought about adding chickens to your goat farm? Have you heard about keeping chickens and goats together? Maybe you already have chickens and the challenges with the goats are driving you crazy? In today's episode, I'm talking about things to consider when chickens and goats share the same space, as well as what you can do to keep them apart. I explain leader-follower rotational grazing with chickens and small ruminants (sheep or goats), including what type of equipment you need in order to be successful. Today's episode is sponsored by Premier 1 Supplies because we've been using and loving their products with our poultry, goats, and sheep for 20 years. These are the products I talk about in today's episode: Poultry Door for Chicken Coops ElectroNet 9/35/12 Electric Netting for sheep and goats PoultryNet 12/42/3 Electric Netting See full show notes here >> To see the most recent episodes, visit Want to support the content you love? Head over to --
Tips on Buying Goats
How do you avoid scams when buying goats? Should you buy registered goats? How do you know you're buying healthy goats? If you are getting started with goats or still building your herd, you probably have a few questions. In this episode, I'm answering all of the above questions and more. I also talk about why you should not buy goats from the sale barn, and what questions to ask a breeder when goat shopping.  Since I teach college, I can spot plagiarism a mile away. I share some of my secrets with you, so you can figure out if a website is legitimate or if it's a bunch of photos stolen from Instagram and Facebook along with paragraphs of text that have been copied from the websites of legitimate goat breeders. See full show notes and download the cheat sheet here >> To see the most recent episodes, visit Want to support the content you love? Head over to --
Tips on Selling Goats
If you are new to selling goats, you might feel like you can't say "no" to any potential buyers. I am here to tell you otherwise. You will hear two main points today as I tell you a few stories of people that I refused to sell goats to. First, you should always ask questions to be sure that the buyer has done their homework and knows what a goat needs — and that they can provide that! After all of the love, care, and money you have put into raising healthy goats, you want to be sure that they go to a home that's going to continue that same excellent care. You also want to be sure that the buyer knows what to expect as a goat owner. Goats need proper housing and food, and no, they can't be taught to not eat your rose bushes. The second thing I talk about is requiring a deposit to hold goats so that you don't wind up holding a goat and saying no to potential buyers because you think the goat is already sold. Full show notes here -- To see the most recent episodes, visit Want to support the content you love? Head over to --
New Guidelines for Using Dewormers in Goats
Since parasite research in goats is always evolving, I was excited to see that the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control has revised their dewormer usage chart. Although most of the dosages have stayed the same from previous chart, there are a lot of new recommendations that you'll find in the footnotes. We are joined in this episode by one of the authors of the revision, Michael Pesato, DVM, DABVP, Assistant Clinical Professor of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Pesato talks about what off-label drug usage means — and what it does not. And he talks about why we should discontinue some of the practices that have been around "forever," such as giving an injectable orally. That means injectable dewormers have no place in a goat owner's medicine cabinet. We cover all the dewormers, including morantel tartrate — the only dewormer that's a feed additive. It's also one that I've never heard a vet recommend. Dr. Pesato even dispels the myth that combination horse dewormers are combination goat dewormers. For more information on using drugs off-label, check out the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank. Full show notes here -- To see the most recent episodes, visit Want to support the content you love? Head over to --
Fainting Goats (aka Myotonic Goats): History, Myths, and Facts
It's probably safe to say that everyone has heard of fainting goats, which are more correctly called myotonic goats, and they don't actually faint. Today we are separating fact from fiction in our conversation with Phil Sponenberg, DVM, Ph.D. of Virginia Tech who has been breeding myotonics for 30 years. He is also the technical advisor for The Livestock Conservancy, which has the myotonic goat on the "recovering" section of the Conservation Priority List, where the breed was originally considered critically endangered. Dr. Sponenberg discusses the history of the myotonic goat and what exactly is a "fainting goat." Although you can milk any goat, this breed is primarily a meat goat. If you've thought about goats but were scared off by the idea that they are loud and hard to keep fenced in, then a myotonic might be the breed for you. They are quieter than some breeds, and that same medical condition that causes them to faint also means that they can't jump or climb fences. But if you are strictly considering the myotonic because you wanted to be entertained by fainting goats, then you might want to reconsider because "fainting" really doesn't happen that often. Full show notes here -- To see the most recent episodes, visit Want to support the content you love? Head over to --
Hypocalcemia in Goats
Hypocalcemia in goats, sometimes called milk fever, is one of the most misunderstood maladies in the goat world. This confusion stems from research done on cows, which does not apply to goats, but is still often referenced by many sources as if it does apply. Today's guest, Dr. Robert Van Saun of Pennsylvania State University, once again reminds us that goats are not little cows. We are talking about the causes of hypocalcemia in goats and how that compares to cows, as well as how to prevent it and the treatment. Dr. Van Saun talks about intravenous, sub-q, and oral treatment, and how quickly we should expect each one to work. We also discuss the relationship between hypocalcemia and pregnancy toxemia and how a diet to prevent one can also help to prevent the other. Full show notes here -- To see the most recent episodes, visit Want to support the content you love? Head over to --
Pregnancy Toxemia in Goats
During kidding season, lots of goat owners start to worry about ketosis and pregnancy toxemia in their does. In today's episode, Dr. Robert VanSaun, professor of veterinary science and extension veterinarian at Pennsylvania State University, talks about what causes does to go into ketosis and how that can lead to pregnancy toxemia. If left untreated, it can ultimately lead to a doe's death. So, we are also talking about how to prevent this potentially devastating condition in the first place. Full show notes here -- To see the most recent episodes, visit Want to support the content you love? Head over to --

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nickiedenises 2021/12/25
Can’t say enough good
I can’t verbalize how much I appreciate this podcast. It is well done and hosts the most relevant topics and guests. I tried to find it on patreon to...
ECL 317 2021/05/25
Great podcast for anyone with goats
Love love love this podcast! Glad To know I’m not the only one obsessed about goats and wanting to know everything I can about them. These episodes ar...
as121719 2021/01/31
I really appreciate expert advice!
This podcast is a perfect mix of story telling and personal experiences mixed with expert advice from the guests. I appreciate that the advice is back...
momoffourMT 2020/11/25
Very thorough education
I love it when she interviews experts on her show for many topics. Her show offers authentic discussion and first hand knowledge and information from ...
chigobee farm 2020/10/02
Great podcast
That you Debra fore sharing all info about goats! Every podcast is a learning experience. Love em. And I am always looking for the next podcast. Jod...
AmandaShilo37 2020/10/01
Love this podcast
I absolutely love the information I get from this podcast. Highly recommend for new goat owners or experienced goat owners.
Kbrasby 2020/08/18
Practical and interesting
I’ve raised goats for over 29 years but I learn new things on Deborah’s podcasts. I look forward to each new episode. Thanks!m
fee1!n g00d 2020/06/27
I’m thinking about goats for my fledgling homestead. I’m so, so green but I feel this podcast keeps my excitement up while still being real about the ...
Amalia Young 2020/03/09
Finally a real goat expert!
It's been two years since we got our goats, and after sifting through all the available books, magazines, articles, blogs, and other online resources ...
Wethers-Or-Not Farm 2020/02/23
The Goat-To resource
My wife and I got eight goats two years ago, having never been around farm animals before. As good "goat students", we read everything we could get ou...


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