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Go Small With Miniature Livestock

At what age or weight should I breed my Mini Myotonic goats? I’ve found a lot of info on larger goats but nothing about smaller goats. —Ann Wheeler

5 Simple Answers to Livestock Questions

Sometimes people ask me questions that have short answers, so I can’t write a whole blog about them. This week let’s take a look at some of those.

Watch Out! Rams And Bucks Are In Rut

Guess what? It’s rut! That means it’s breeding time for us goats and sheep. It also means that if you have studly bucks and rams on your farm, you should be extra careful this time of year.

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Get Goosed

The day before yesterday, a big flock of wild geese went winging south, way up in the sky. Mom shaded her eyes with her hand and watched them go. Then she sighed and went back to forking hay.

Pickin’ Chickens

I have a Rhode Island Red. Is it true they are one of the nicest chicken breeds? And would the roosters likely end up hurting the other hens or baby chicks? —Jansen Fuller

Beep! Beep! The Real Scoop on Roadrunners

Uzzi and I were amazed when a roadrunner appeared on our farm this year. Yes, a roadrunner—just like the one in cartoons. We thought he’d say, “Beep! Beep!” and when he didn’t, we asked him why. He gave us a disdainful look that said “foolish goats” and replied, “We are not at all like that silly cartoon!”

When To Breed Young Dairy Goats for Milk

We have two kid goats that are 6 months old. We want to breed them for milk. At what age should we breed them, and what time of year is best? —J. D. Vincent

Holy Goat—That’s a Big Praying Mantis!

Uzzi and I were eating supper last evening when Uzzi yelled, “What’s that!?” When I looked up, he was staring at a wooden fence post. I ambled over to take a look and perched on the post was the biggest bug I’ve ever seen!

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Don’t Release Muscovy Ducks!

I rescued four Muscovy duck today and want to release them on our community lake, which already has a number of other ducks. Will there be behavioral problems?

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Get The Most From Dewormers

Let’s wrap up this series on internal parasites with some steps you can take to get the most out of chemical dewormers on your farm.