Everything you need to know about raising goats.
As with any animal, there are countless amounts of information to learn about goats. But what a delightful creature! Hardy and full of spunk, they provide companionship, milk products, and cute kids! Enjoy our Goat IQ: Raising Goats page!
Goat Health at a glance:
• Temperature: 102.5 – 104
• Pulse: 70-80 beats per minute
• Respiratory: 15-30 per minute
• Rumen movements (Stomach): 1-1.5 per minute
• Puberty: 7 weeks to 8 months. At weaning (2 months), separate the bucks from does
• Full Growth Size: Goats will continue to grow into their 3rd year
• Estrus/Heat Cycle: 17-23 days
• Gestation: 143-155 days
• Life Span:
• DOES: 11-12 years on average, death is usually kidding related. Does who retire from breeding, around the age of ten, live longer (16-18 years).
• BUCKS: 8-10 years, the stresses of going into rut each year cause their life span to be shorter.
• WETHERS: 11-16 years on average.
Print off the information and hang in the goat barn!
Goat Care while Raising Goats:
Shelters and Fencing
• I built these goat shelters for my goats, with the winter months especially kept in mind.
• Follow this Pinterest board for more great ideas for housing and pens.
• This goat feeder is the feeder I built for our goats to minimize waste.
• Follow this Pinterest board for more great feeder ideas.
• Follow this Pinterest board for more information on raising goats, goat health, care and maintenance.
• You can also read more about the health and care of goats below in our Raising Goats resources
This is an ultra useful tool for any goat owner:
In my years of goat ownership, I’ve realized one thing: I love my goats. And the more I learn, the more I realize that there is always more to learn.
With that said, never let anyone shame you for not knowing all there is to know about raising goats. We all start somewhere. There is a lot to learn from reading AND from experience. And the combination of both will continue to make you a great goat owner.
The posts below will encourage you to learn all there is to know about how to prepare for goats, goat health, and caring for your goats through the ups and downs of all the issues that may arise.
Even your most special wether needs proper nutrition to remain healthy. And sometimes issues can still arise with the best and most proper care available. And when the issues arise it can be very scary. Our Raising Goats resource page is now and will become more over time, a great place to learn about this information.
Years ago, I didn’t know about goat polio, but now I’ve had first-hand experience and have learned an incredible amount about the condition. I researched all I could and now combine that with my experience, which makes a complete picture. That’s how life works, even for you! You will read and learn and then experience. All of that will grow you into a better goat owner.
Raising goats is a really good investment if you are interested in a healthy source of milk products and potential income, which could at least pay for the cost of your goats for a year.
We offer an exclusive email series on being profitable on your property, which includes ideas for utilizing the different avenues of income from goats. Your next step would be to sign up here: 90 Ideas to Profit
And did I mention the love of goats? They will give you a beautiful relationship that will benefit your whole family! You will be invested in more ways than one.
enjoy our “RAISING GOATS” posts below
It can be easy to bring home a goat and feel like all will be well, always. I was there once. I had owned a few wethers for a handful of years and had never had any problems.
But when pregnant and lactating animals are present, there is a whole new set of things to think about and deal with. Ketosis really does happen. Goats are actually quite picky and do require a high nutritional diet. Pregnancy complications are a part of the deal.
While I’m filling you up with things to read in your quest for goat knowledge, I bet you would also enjoy reading these as well: 5 Goat Lessons I Learned the Hard Way, Goats for Dummies Cheat Sheet, Fun and Profit in Goats