Over the years we've compiled a list of helpful goat resources and chat groups that we use. We hope you find them helpful. Of course, you should also consult a vet who knows what she's talking about, but you can also do your part, and save a bit of money too, by doing the research yourself.
If you have goats, you'll know how sensitive they are and how much can go wrong if they are not properly taken cared for. There's so much to learn about goats and best management practices. Sometimes you think you've learned it all, and then you find out other practices that are even better yet. Some of the tips and advice given might not be suitable for you depending on where you are located, or what is available to you. But just do the best you can with what you have.
These resources will be a great help for you time and time again in your care for these special animals. Because of all the work that YOU have done in caring for them and doing your part, your animals will thank you by giving you the best milk and cheese (or whatever goat product it is that you produce), the quickest weight gain... and by being the happiest, most mischievous pets of all :)
Remember: Happy goat = happy life!
Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats (newer edition)
by Jerry Belanger and Sara Thomson Bredeson
Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats
by Maggie Sayer
by Sue Weaver
by Pat Coleby
Dr. Paula Menzies, a professor in ruminant health management at the Ontario Veterinary College, wrote this guide in collaboration with Ph.D candidate Colleen Fitzpatrick at the University of Saskatchewan, and Dr. Jocelyn Jansen, Phil Wilman, and Mike Foran from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). We have found it to be very helpful and extremely informative. It has many pictures throughout, to help you identify problems in your milking goats udders.
To order your copy of the Udder Health Manual, please contact Ontario Goat at 1-866-311-6422 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The price for the manual is $45 ($15 for licenced Ontario dairy goat producers). The price includes shipping within Ontario.
The following are some goat resources that have helped us in the past; they are also a place where you can in turn share with others.
All the best!
Feel free to share your own goat resources!
What resources have you used that have helped you in your experiences with goats? Share it!