Welcome to GoatSavvy!
We are goat lovers from Ontario, Canada, who became dairy goat farmers a number of years ago. After all the research we've done over the years on farming goats, raising goats, caring for pet goats... well, we finally decided it was time to organize it so other goat lovers can learn from our research (and our mistakes!).
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Dairy goats is the focus of our farm, but most of our research would of course be relevant to any goat. We are by no means certified veterinarians; we simply are doing the best job that we can with the resources that are available to us. We're constantly in communication with our veterinarians, feed nutritionists, fellow goat farmers, and the good ol' internet, both when things are going well and when things are sour (no pun intended ;) ). We encourage you, our readers, to do the same. Your vets/nutritionists will be even more knowledgeable and can give helpful tips and advice relevant to your location and resources. That being said, please do use this website as a helpful guide, and as advice from a friend who is in the business of helping other goat lovers succeed :)
Check out the links down the side panels for information about goat diseases and tips on goat health. To our dairy goat readers, you'll find also some helpful tips on producing quality goat milk. For those approaching kidding season, we hope our kidding tips will help ensure a more peaceful time so that you can actually enjoy the little cuties :)
We love to hear from our readers about your experiences, and how this website has helped you. We hope you find what you're looking for!
ARE YOU KIDDING ?!
Here are some fun kidding facts:
Baby goats (kids) are standing and taking their first steps within minutes of being born... that's pretty amazing!
Each kid goat has a unique call, and also its own unique scent. The doe (mama goat) will recognize her baby goat by its own unique call and scent, not by sight.
A goat's gestation period (pregnancy) is 5 months. Often with their first gestation they will produce one baby goat, but a subsequent gestation can produce anywhere from 1 to even as many as 6 baby goats! (more commonly it is just 2 or 3).
Click here for more on kidding, including tips on care and management!
The fat in goat milk does not sit on top of the milk, as it does in cow milk. It's homogenized naturally, whereas cow milk needs to go through a homogenizing process.