Friday, August 23, 2013

4S Goat Expo in North Platte on Oct. 5-6

4S Goat Expo features nationally known speakersTell North Platte what you think
The 4S Goat Expo in North Platte on Oct. 5-6 features nationally and internationally known speakers for the seminar portion of the expo.

Homeyer will also conduct a youth judging contest and speak about feeding and raising meat goats.
Dr. Fred Homeyer, a retired college professor, will talk about his research on increasing carcass yields in meat goat kids through sire selection.
Homeyer has raised more than 20,000 goats on his Texas ranch and now has 400 registered South African Boer Goats. He has judged more than 120 shows in 31 states, 3 Canadian provinces and 15 other countries. He will judge the show portion of the expo on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Dr. Frank Pinkerton, retired extension goat specialist, will speak about the current U.S. Meat Goat Situation Report. He is from Texas and speaks across the nation about meat goats as well as writing a column for the Goat Rancher magazine. He is known nationally as “The Goat Man.”
Dr. Jeffery Gillespie, professor in the Ag. Economics and Agribusiness department at LSU, will be giving the results of the National Meat Goat Producer Survey. Gillespie teaches and conducts research on costs of farm production, adaptation of technology and farm efficiency. He is published in peer reviewed journals and the popular press.
Dr. R. Wes Harrison, LSU Marketing Economist, will discuss the preferences for goat meat. He has expertise in analyzing trends in food consumption and has been said to be able to combine number crunching with keen insight into consumer psychology and buying trends.
Dr. Ken McMillan, another LSU professor, will speak about his part in a USDA project and the results obtained on live animal and carcass measurements of meat goats. McMillan conducts research and teaches in the areas of animal and meat science. He is also a contributor to the Goat Rancher magazine.
Lincoln-Logan-McPherson County extension specialist Randy Saner will round out the day with a presentation on poisonous plants for goats.
For more information contact Saner at: or 1-800-200-1381, or visit and the website:

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Pygmy Goat Spring Health Maintenance

Pygmy Goat Spring Health Maintenance

By: Amber Waves

Anyone who cares for an animal will naturally want the best for that creature, be it a house pet or a farmyard companion.  Pygmy goats are charming little friends who have become more and more popular in recent years.  They are fun, intelligent animals who enjoy a nice long lifespan and bring happy memories to anyone who owns them.  That's why Pygmy Goat Spring Health Maintenance is so important.  Read on to learn about what your small friend needs during this time of the year.

One important consideration for your pygmy goat, is how well did she come through the winter?  A thick winter coat can hide a multiple of issues that will require careful attention.  Even before your pygmy goat sheds out her winter fur, you should carefully work your hands through her coat and make sure she is carrying a good weight, and does not have any sores hidden under there.  This is also an excellent time to part the fur and make sure her skin is in good condition.  You don't want to see any redness, flaking skin, or external parasites---but you won't see them if you aren't even bothering to

Now that you know your little friend is looking pretty good, it's time to do a few more Pygmy Goat Spring Health Maintenance items.  You should check her hooves to make sure that they are not cracked or torn.  The change of seasons can be hard on hooves, with the ground texture going from hard to soft, and the spring rains turning everything to mud.  Foot rot is one common problem as the warm, wet weather appears and once that happens, your pygmy goat will be miserable.  This is a good time of year to make sure your goat's feet are in the best shape, and arrange for the farrier to come by if you find anything amiss.

Another important consideration of Pygmy Goat Spring Health Maintenance is that of internal parasites.  No matter how cold it got outdoors last winter, it was warm and toasty where internal parasites live.  Now is the time of year to talk with your vet about the correct parasite treatment for your pygmy goat.  There are medications which can be fed with her grain, pastes that can be injected into her mouth, and even some medications that can be poured along her spine.

If you are going to show your pygmy goat at the county fair, use her for youth rodeo appearances, or breed her at any point later in the year, you will want to make sure she is getting the optimum nutrition so she can keep up with your plans.  Most pygmy goats are fed dry rations of grain and hay during the winter months, but spring offers tempting greens and foliage for the pygmy palate.  This is a great time of year to talk to your vet about nutritional requirements, so you can be sure to anticipate what your goat will need.  Another good resource is your local feed mill, although 4-H and FFA clubs often have very knowledgeable people too.

While you are taking care of your Pygmy Goat Spring Health Maintenance, you also need to make sure your fences are in good order.  Your goat may have been happy enough to stay indoors when the snow was flying, but she will get "spring fever" just like you will....and she will want to start wandering.  Make sure her feed pans, water trough, and salt lick are in good shape too.  While Pygmy Goat Spring Health Maintenance may seem like an endless list of tasks, it really takes just a short time to ensure that your goat is happy and healthy, and stays that way for years to come.

Why You Should Consider a Pygmy Goat for Your New Pet

Why You Should Consider a Pygmy Goat for Your New Pet

by: Amber Waves

  In the world of pets the choices are wide and varied. Often in broaching the subject of a new pet the automatic ideas may be of the old standbys: Dogs and Cats. There's another player in the land of pets, though, and one that's steadily gaining popularity: the Pygmy Goat.
You might be wondering 'Why should I consider a Pygmy Goat for my new pet? The reasons are varied, but to begin with, how absolutely adorable they are is a big draw.  When thinking about getting a pet there clearly are many factors to consider. Such things as the initial expense of the animal, how much time they require, the temperament, dietary requirements and exercise needs of a pet should be taken into consideration to see what would be a good fit to the lifestyle of the owner.

  Originally from the Cameroon Vallye in West Africa, the Pygmy Goat is, as the name implies, a smaller version of the domesticated barnyard Goat.  Does, the 'mama' weigh in around 24- 34 Kg, with the Billies topping them slightly by 3- 5 Kg. Their average height is about 41- 58 cm, making them a diminutive little animal that doesn't require an exorbitant amount of space.

  Pygmy Goats range in price from a very low cost to several thousands. Price is influenced by breeder, color, size, age, health, genealogy, and breeding capabilities. It is absolutely up to you as the buyer what you are looking for in a pet and how much you want to spend. Research is your best bet, as seeing what the options are will give you a much clearer  idea of what you might want.

 Often, a great deal of the expense of keeping an animal as a pet is their diet. Not so with the Pygmy Goat. The best possible option for them is a small field or slice of land with as much variety as mother nature can present. Grass, clover, wildflowers, alders, and many other types of ground cover provide these little foragers with a plethora of tastes and textures to nibble at all day long.
  If you don't have access to a piece of land like that, the Pygmy Goat can also subsist quite happily on plain hay. A handful of grains or some fruit pulp from time to time is a treat, and that, along with the love and respect you're sure to be giving them, will keep them as a happy, healthy, and sometimes even affectionate companion.

   Pygmy Goats are not demanding when it comes to their housing either. A simple shed or enclosure to
protect them from rain, predators, and the cold of winter is all they require. Inside a raised portion for them to sleep on will keep them happy and comfortable. Thanks again to their small stature, this sleeping are doesn't have to be very large- a 4 x 4' shed only 3' high will comfortably house two adults.

  If you are a pet owner who finds it enjoyable to watch the antics of your friends, the Pygmy Goat needs very little in the way of a play area to infuse an ordinary day with a feeling of excitement and amusement. A few boxes, a pile of rocks, a board or two stabilized on an angle are the kind of simple props that will provide them with all manner of fun hopping, climbing and hiding.

  The Pygmy Goat is a sweet and endearing addition to any farm or family. Why not consider this cute little animal for your next pet?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Gorgeous Rare Brown Agouti Wether For sale - Loves People!!!

Very friendly and sweet, on the small size. Rare Brown Agouti. Very dark brown agouti, lots of silver.
Price: $450.00

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ashland council to hold hearing on raising bees, livestock

Ashland council to hold hearing on raising bees, livestockMail Tribune
The keeping of bees and the raising of small livestock has grown more popular ... The new standards include rules for rabbits, miniature goats and turkeys on ...
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