Pink Milk Isn’t Mastitis by Irene Ramsay

Irene responds to an oft-asked question: My young doe has blood in her milk, why is this happening, is it mastitis?

First off, this isn’t mastitis, it’s usually referred to as ‘pink milk’. Pink milk, in all its shades, is a metabolic disturbance and is usually caused by lack of available blood calcium. Blood in … click here to continue reading Pink Milk Isn’t Mastitis by Irene Ramsay

Worms – Visible Signs and Treatment by Irene Ramsay

First up, it helps to keep daily records of the milk each doe gives. Simplest way is a 14-column cash book, which gives you morning and evening columns for a week. Get into the habit of using this twice a day, and you can note all sorts of other things at the same time, like … click here to continue reading Worms – Visible Signs and Treatment by Irene Ramsay

Disbudding Kids by Irene Ramsay

The age to disbud kids varies from breed to breed. An approximate guide is:

BUCK KIDS Breed Toggenburg 1-7 days Saanen & Boers 2-10 days Alpine 4-18 days Nubian, Angora, feral 5-20 days

DOE KIDS Breed Toggenburg 2-10 days Saanen & Boers 4-21 days Alpine 6-21 Nubian, Angora, feral 7-25 days

Toggenburgs have a much … click here to continue reading Disbudding Kids by Irene Ramsay

Your Buck’s Health by Irene Ramsay

The first and most obvious steps in protecting your buck’s health are to worm him regularly, and trim his feet regularly. Bucks are usually kept in fairly restricted quarters, so that they are constantly eating over their own wastes, and therefore re-infecting themselves with worm larvae. Give your buck a hay-rack, rather than putting his … click here to continue reading Your Buck’s Health by Irene Ramsay

Natural Ways of Treating Mastitis by Irene Ramsay

There are many forms of mastitis in goats, and not all are caused by bacteria. Probably the commonest cause is pressure and the resultant bruising. When the udder is holding more milk than it has ever done before, the outer skin becomes stretched and painful. Unless the pressure is relieved the stretched skin will become … click here to continue reading Natural Ways of Treating Mastitis by Irene Ramsay

What to Do When Your Buck Won’t by Irene Ramsay

If your buck won’t serve the cause is often dietary – the minerals in his tucker aren’t in balance. Copper, iodine and phosphorus and Vitamin A are all necessary for a working buck. One way to ginger him up is to give him kelp powder. This is often available in supermarkets these days and is … click here to continue reading What to Do When Your Buck Won’t by Irene Ramsay