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Old 03-22-2013, 01:07 PM   #26
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Arkansas Meat Goat Association:

http://arkansasmeatgoatassociation.com/index.html
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:18 AM   #27
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A little perk has come up. The goats are shedding and Ralph is putting off the most incredible undercoat. Its soooo soft and at first glance the fibers seem short but they're just kinky. If we can we're going to gather some and I'll clean it up a bit and see how it spins. Wouldn't it be great if it does!
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Found this information on judging the quality of goats:

http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/mktnews/goatgrades02.pdf
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A list of plants that are toxic to goats:

http://www.maryjanesfarm.org/snitz/t...?TOPIC_ID=1629

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Poisonous Plants for Goats

·Caladium (all parts)
·Castor Bean (seed, leaves)
·Christmas Rose (root, leaves, sap)
·Dieffenbachia (all parts)
·Philodendron (all parts0
·Mistletoe (berries)
·Rosary Pea (seeds)
·Autumn Crocus (all, esp. bulb)
·Bleeding Heart (leaves, roots)
·Dutchman's Breeches (leaves, roots)
·Foxglove (leaves)
·Larkspur (all; seeds)
·Lily of the Valley (all)
·Monkshood (all)
·Narcissus (all)
·Daffodil (all)
·Jonquil (all)
·Potatoes (all green parts)
·Rhubarb (leaves)
·Tomato (leaves)
·Apple (large amount of seeds)
·Apricot (seed)
·Almond (seed)
·Avocado (leaves)
·Azalea (all)
·Black Locust (bark, twigs, seeds)
·Boxwood (leaves, twigs)
·Buckeye (leaves, nuts, flowers, sprouts)
·Horsechestnut (same)
·Chinaberry (furit, bark, berries)
·Chokecherry (leaves, seeds, bark)
·Wild Black Cherry (same)
·English Holly (berries)
·Oaks (tannins in foliage and acorns)
·Oleander (all including dried leaves)
·Privet (leaves, berries)
·Rhododendron (all parts)
·Yew (all, esp. berries)
·Daphne (all; fruit)
·English Ivy (berries, leaves)
·Golden Chain (seeds, pods, flowers)
·Lantana (green berries, leaves)
·Mountain Laurel (all even honey from flowers is toxic)
·Yellow Jasmine (all, including nectar and roots)
·Wisteria (pods, seeds)
·Buttercup (all)
·Cone Flower (all)
·Black-eyed Susan (all)
·Hemlock (seeds, stems, fleshy taproot often mistaken for wild parsnip or anise)
·Jack-in-the-pulpit (all)
·Jimson Weed (all--very dangerous drug too often used by teens)
·Amanita Mushrooms (all)
·Nightshade (all)
·American Bittersweet (berries, roots, leaves)
·Deadly Nightshade (all)
·Pokeweed (roots, shoots, leaves)
·White Snakeroot (all parts)
·Morning Glory (seeds)
·Tobacco (leaves)
·Tulip (bulbs)
·Iris (corms)

This is not a complete list but covers most of the worst ones.
Note that poinsettia is not considered toxic.
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An update on the goats. All are doing well and it looks like we're expecting again. I truly have no idea when but her bag is filling...

The little buckling born in March is doing well. He's such a sweetheart! He gave us a scare when he started to exhibit myotonic (fainting goat) tendencies. We're not sure how we feel about that. I know it doesn't hurt but it's pitiful(cute?) to watch him stiffen up when he's startled. Lots of people raise myotonic goats as pets and love them. Our goal is a hearty meat goat and this mix is definitely that, we're just not sure if we are happy with the idea of them being easier prey for predators.
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:21 PM   #31
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I can't resist posting this video. These sheep are sooo adorable!

Valais Sheep

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I swear these could be the next pet rage!

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A newly born miniature goat!

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OMG - that is adorable; it looks like a stuffie.
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Sooo cute!
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I swear these could be the next pet rage!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwCZ5lRV8Go
OMG! I could understand about 3/4 of what they were saying after listening in to get a feel for their dialect. The farther south you go, the more the German language deteriorates. That was from Switzerland.

Totally cute sheep! Even DH liked them, and that's a first.
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They aren't available here and won't be for a few years. There is a virus they are fighting so no sheep imports, not even semen. When they get past this I can see them becoming quite popular as pets, much like miniature sheep and pigs. Perhaps we should do a group investment
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We sold Ralph and the girls. We are now officially out of the goat business. We're still in the sheep business with one ram, MJ (mint jelly) and a ewe coming (trade for a pig) and then one more ewe and we're set to try on sheep.
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It will be awhile before we're ready for this info but lambing season is here and we're following other farmer's experiences and taking notes:

http://www.sheep101.info/201/newborns.html
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This is a great link about tubing a newborn:

http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublicatio...998/eb1998.pdf
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Happy Lambs!
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Cuteness alert!


Born this morning to Chives (the black and white ewe), Curry is due any time as well! We brought him so my dad could see him. Dad's family had sheep on their farm when he was growing up so this was a treat.
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They're not the clearest pics but you get the idea. I'll take more later. Spicy May decided this baby was HERS and she wouldn't let Chives nurse him. So with some rather contorted efforts we finally got Spicy and Sugar into a separate pasture. All is well for now.
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It's been awhile since I posted in this thread. The sheep have remained a small flock and from time to time one can be processed. I had the honor of going through this with a Navajo friend. Thought you might like to see pictures.
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Two rules.

Never name them, give them numbers.

Never get or keep a bucks. "Rent" one when you need to freshen the herd.

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His name was Cilantro

Katahdin Sheep have very little tendency to taint so the meat doesn't get that strong taste. The main thing to know about rams is the name Battering Ram didn't just get created on a whim. If you mess with male sheep or goats (play with them, grab their horns) you can create a time bomb that can go off when you least expect it.
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