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Market Does for Sale – ALL SOLD

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in Goats For Sale, Summer | Comments Off on Market Does for Sale – ALL SOLD

For your consideration, we have four does available for sale. All four of these does were born here at our farm and sired by our bucks. Okra is a half Spanish, daughter of the Nubian buck, Jack. Okra was born February 8, 2011 and has delivered and raised two sets of twin kids. She is full sister one year apart to the red moon-spotted doe, Camo, on the Market Does page. SOLD Julia, a percentage Boer doe, was born March 15, 2012. Her mother is half-Nubian daughter of Jack out of a Boer doe. This young doe comes from a family of girls who feed their kids very well and have been excellent mothers. SOLD Powder, a dairy cross doe yearling, was born March 19, 2013. Her mother is the beautiful white doe Olivia on the Market Does page, half SaaNubian and sired by our Boer buck. Olivia was bred to the Alpine buck, Stevie Ray, and delivered this great strong doe kid that we call Powder. She is three-quarters dairy and we think she would make an excellent market doe. SOLD Carrot Top, a percentage Boer doe, was born March 4, 2013. Her mother is the golden roan doe, Liz, on the Market does page, a half-Nubian daughter of Jack out of a Spanish doe....

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Diabac – Diarrhea Remedy with Essential Oils

Posted by on Jul 27, 2009 in Goatherd | Milkmaid, Summer | Comments Off on Diabac – Diarrhea Remedy with Essential Oils

I wanted to share some information about this product that I just came across. A good friend who works in a vet clinic in Wyoming sent me a couple of bottles of this a while back, and I’ve just had the opportunity to use it. They have a number of clients up there who use it themselves; one fellow won’t go anywhere without it in case of food poisoning. The essential oils in it are: Calendula Oil, Catnip Oil, Olive Oil, Oregano Oil, Peppermint Oil, Spearment Oil, St. John’s Wort Oil, and Thyme Oil. http://www.vanbeeknaturalscience.com/comp_diabac.php I had a young doeling that started to scour, so I had been giving her Grapefruit Seed Extract multiple times a day for five days. She was also getting Vitamin C, echinacea/goldenseal tincture and cornstarch at the same time. I was getting frustrated that there seemed to be no change at ALL, and her stool was turning to the dreaded stinky green water. Aack!! I was about to go ahead and start her on a round of Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim, but then remembered that I had this DiaBac in the house. It is a powder inside of the capsules, but the capsules were too big for this kiddo, and I don’t have a small bolus gun. I emptied the dosage into a syringe, added a bit of water to make a slurry and tasted it. The smell of the oils is quite strong, and it did burn a bit on my tongue. Not that bad though, and not at all long-lasting. So, down her little hatch it went that evening. She shook her head and made a face, but went right back to eating. I was AMAZED that she had perfect little pellets the next morning. I gave her a second dose that morning to be safe. She’s been as right as rain since. Awesome! I have found many references on the web from veterinarians and breeders saying that they use this almost exclusively for coccidiosis in puppies, which does not surprise me. At least one vet also mentioned using it in dogs coming in to board to prevent diarrhea from stress. There was also a formal study done in Italy looking at the effectiveness of Oregano oil in killing cocci bacteria. “Using oregano-derived essential oils to control hemorrhagic diarrhea in ruminants”...

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Auntie Weaner

Posted by on Aug 8, 2008 in Boer Goat, Dairy Goat, Goat Kid, Summer, Visions of Sugarplums | Comments Off on Auntie Weaner

We have expanded our herd to include two more dairy goats – another Nubian and a Saanen. The creamy little Nubian, Holly Golightly, is so petite that at nine weeks she looks just like Heidi did at about two weeks! The Saanen, Moon, is bright white and with her short upright ears, looks like a little deer in with rest of the long-eared girls. Six more girls (Tiny Tot, Tater Salad, Ginger, Mary Ann, Yolanda, and Sue) are a rowdy bunch of Boer/Spanish crosses that came to us from the herd of our good friends, Randall and Linda. I fell in love with one of them the first time I saw her at about two days old. From that day forward, Randall insisted on calling her Tracy. She proved to be quite the entertainer in the pasture, jumping and running, and even ending up jumping into the water trough on more than one occasion. Randall would laugh out loud and say, “Look at Tracy! Just look what that crazy goat is doing now!” I have tried to insist that her name is Ginger, with her sister Mary Ann, but to no avail. Even now that she is here, JW continues to call her Tracy. <sigh> With Jack out in the fields, we could not put the new young girls out with him. So, we have all of the weanlings in together under the supervision of Annie. She has undertaken this responsibility quite well, and appears to have patience to no end with all of the goings-on. I try to take them out every evening to graze in the yard on fresh grass and weeds. They all have adopted her quite readily, and all nine kids follow her around as if they were her own. Of course, her official title in this capacity is Auntie...

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Jack Flash

Posted by on Jul 19, 2008 in Dairy Goat, Goat Kid, Spanish Goat, Summer, Visions of Sugarplums | Comments Off on Jack Flash

Jackaroo – Australian term for a young ranch manager in training. Well, research has informed me that in order to actually be in the business of raising goats, one needs to have both girls AND boys. So, we welcomed our first billy goat to Sugarplum Dairy! Jack Flash comes to us from strong Nubian dairy bloodlines, and we have high hopes that he will add size, spots, and good milk qualities to our herd. As is typical of young goats, his horns were removed at an early age. With the young billies, however, it is not uncommon for small deformed horns to continue to grow. As of now, he does have a bit of a horn on one side which seems to beg for the nickname “Unicorn.” He has adapted well to the herd of Spanish nannies, and spends his days eating and growing into a handsome fellow. Jack immediately fell in love with Heidi (who could resist?) although she is still a bit young and they will be separated for several months yet. She has grown quite a bit, and at four months old she is nearly as big as Annie! I have found a couple of folks on the web who breed a cross of the Nubian and Saanen goats – they are known as Snubians or Saanubians. One trait they all have in common is the widespread airplane ears! You will also be happy to know that little Dolly (the eagle’s stolen snack!) is growing and well, although she will likely never be as big as Heidi. Several weeks ago she had a bit of an accident and fell with her leg caught in a cracked tree stump. She had been there for quite some time when we found her – STUCK UPSIDE DOWN! Once freed, we brought her back to a small pen where we tried to splint her leg. She was still so small that I was actually using the splint from my broken finger. Unfortunately, we could not keep it on for more than about a day, although she seemed to have no trouble in getting around and proved remarkably difficult to catch! Finally we turned her back into the herd and hoped for the best. Little by little, the broken ankle has become more sound. When she walks now, it no longer crumples under, and she is typically the first to climb to the top of the hay bales and any new obstacle. Not crippled in the least, it is amazing to watch her as spry and active as...

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