Breeding your dairy goats is the first step towards your farm or homestead’s first batch of fresh, healthy, raw goat's milk. But what many beginner goat owners don’t realize is you have to learn how to detect when your goat is in heat before you breed her. With most goats, the window for their standing heat cycle is 12-24 hours, and to the untrained eye, it can be extremely challenging to know when that window of time has happened! In this blog post, I will share with you all the tips and tricks on how to know when your goat is in heat so you can breed your goats successfully.
Keeping chickens and goats together on your homestead or small farm is absolutely possible as long as you follow a few important rules and implement a few tricks. We’ve kept chickens and goats together successfully for the last two years inside our barn and I’ve learned some vital lessons along the way. In this blog post, you will learn everything you need to know when keeping goats and chickens together as well as what mistakes to avoid!
Installing an automatic heated livestock watering system in our barn for our farm and homestead has been one of the biggest game-changers in reducing labor effort, maintaining cleanliness, and, most importantly, combating Old Man Winter’s relentless effort to freeze everything in sight through our cold Wisconsin months. In this post, we will cover absolutely everything you need to know on how to build and install your own automatic heated livestock watering system for your barn - including plumbing supplies, heating elements, and step-by-step instructions for installing the automatic watering system.
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