Goats

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Goat Kidding 101:

A step-by-step guide to labor and delivery
Monday, January 13, 2014, 4:37 PM

A great baseline of information to help you get prepared for your first set of new baby goat kids:

http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/01/08/goat-kidding-101-a-step-by-step-guide-to-labor-and-delivery/

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Barley Fodder Feed Mat

Reflections on Using a DIY Fodder System

Lessons learned from home-grown fodder
Monday, April 8, 2013, 7:30 PM

Growing fodder for animal feed is starting to catch on, and many homesteading families and small farm operations are exploring the possibilities of what this type of feed can do for the health of their animals and cost of feeding them.  If you haven’t yet read the first two articles on growing fodder and building a simple DIY fodder system, you can find them here: http://www.peakprosperity.com/blog/growing-sprouted-fodder/72618 and here: http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/80359/diy-home-fodder-system.

It has been a few months since I wrote the DIY fodder system article for Peak Prosperity.  It turns out that a lot of people are interested in growing their own fodder, as this article has been extremely popular.  With the combination of all of the valuable feedback (thank you!) and a few more months of experience, we have some additional thoughts to share. » Read more

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Barley Fodder Mat

DIY Home Fodder System

How to set up your own low-cost fodder growing system
Thursday, December 27, 2012, 7:48 PM

Many months ago, we learned about growing fodder for livestock (Growing Sprouted Fodder for Livestock) and how large-scale systems are being developed to reduce animal feed costs, provide better nutrition for animals, and reduce the amount of water needed to produce said feed. The small-scale commercial systems looked great, but the upfront costs and production level were simply too high to justify such a system for a small homestead like ours. We started to look for other options and ways of producing our own fodder at a lower initial cost.

This article details our current process and success at creating a system that can meet the needs of small backyard farmers and homesteaders. For less than $70 in initial setup costs, we have developed our own little home system that is surprisingly time-efficient and effective. » Read more

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Nubian Goat

All About Goat Breeds

Help in picking the right goat for you
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 2:33 AM

Learn about the major goat breeds and which ones work best for urban homesteads and mini-farms. 

http://www.urbanfarmonline.com/farm-breeds/goats_all_landing.aspx