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Raising Goats

Raising Goats
This information is provided as an example of how we bottle raise goats at Goat Milk Stuff. We are not veterinarians and you should seek the advice of a professional vet before medicating your goat.

Dosages We Use

Bo-Se: 1 cc per 40 lbs subq
CD/T: 2cc subq
Lysigin: 5cc subq
Dimethox 40%: Day 1: 1cc per 10 lbs orally. Days 2-5: 1cc per 20 lbs orally
Valbazen: 1 cc per 10 lbs orally
Cydectin: 1 cc per 22 lbs orally



Feeding

Feed warm milk:
    Pasteurizing milk: 165 degrees for 15 seconds
    Add a pinch of baking soda to each kidís bottle once per day. If feeding with a lambar, a pinch per kid.
    Feed 4 times per day til 1 week (unless really tiny)
    Feed 3 times per day from 1 week to 8 weeks
    Feed 2 times per day from 2 months til weaning
    Each kid drinks as much milk as they want.

By 2 weeks:
    Offer water (make sure canít drown)
    Offer free choice: hay, alfalfa pellets, loose minerals, oats or medicated pellets



Foot Care

Trim feet once per month



Coccidia Prevention

There are many options for Coccidia prevention. Whichever method you use, just be consistent and thorough. We currently use dimethox 40%. Prevention starts at day 20 and is given every 21 days.



Vaccines

We currently vaccinate with CD/T and Lysigin.
CD/T is given to kids at 6 weeks, 9 weeks, and 12 weeks. Adults are boostered annually before breeding season.
Lysigin is given before kidding season and boostered annually.



Worming

Single Dose - repeat every 28 days for kids until breeding season.
Worm pre-breeding and pre-kidding.
If kids are separate from adult goats, use Valbazen.
If kids are kept with adult goats, use Cydectin.



At Birth

Bo-Se shot: 1/4 - 1 cc subq (depending upon condition and size of kid)
Spray umbilical cord with iodine
Feed warm colostrum:
    Heat treating colostrum: 135-140 degrees for one hour
    minimum 2 oz per pound of body weight in first 12 hours.
       (e.g. 7 pound goat needs 14 oz of colostrum).
    After kid consumes 20 oz of colostrum, switch over to milk.
Feed warm milk:
    Pasteurizing milk: 165 degrees for 15 seconds
    Add a pinch of baking soda to each kidís bottle once per day. If feeding with a lambar, a pinch per kid.
    Feed 4 times per day til 1 week (unless really tiny)
    Feed 3 times per day from 1 week to 8 weeks
    Feed 2 times per day from 2 months til weaning
    Each kid drinks as much milk as they want.




Breeding Season

August 1st

Kids should have gained at least 10 pounds per month and be 80-90 pounds by 7 months old, before being bred.

Add Calf Manna to daily feeding
Bucks - Bo-se: 1 cc per 40 lbs subq
Bucks - CD/T: 2 cc subq
Bucks - Worm cydectin: 1 cc per 22 lbs orally
Bucks - Trim feet

August 21st

All female goats - Bo-se: 1 cc per 40 lbs subq
All female goats - CD/T: 2 cc subq
All female goats - Worm cydectin: 1 cc per 22 lbs orally
All female goats - Trim feet

September 1st

Start breeding

November 1st

Pull blood for CAE and pregnancy tests

December 1st

Pull blood for repeat pregnancy tests if needed

December 17th

All doe kids - Lysigin: 5 cc subq

January 7th

All female goats - Bo-Se: 1cc per 40 pounds subq
All female goats - CD/T: 2cc subq
All female goats - lysigin: 5 cc subq

Kidding Day

Worm Dam: Cydectin 1 cc per 22 lbs orally

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