50 Do-It-Yourself Projects for Keeping Goats: Fencing, Milking Stands, First Aid Kit, Play Structures, and More!

50 Do-It-Yourself Projects for Keeping Goats: Fencing, Milking Stands, First Aid Kit, Play Structures, and More!

by Janet Garman


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Build Fences, Make Goat Milk Soap, Create Goat Play Structures, and Much More!

Get ready to jump into the world of goats, one DIY project at a time. Owning and raising goats doesn't have to be an expensive venture. With imagination, simple tools, and salvaged or bargain materials, you can make everything your goats need for their health, safety, and entertainment.
Packed with useful information for goat owners, you'll learn about breeds, housing, nutrition, and more. Plus find instructions to learn how to:
  • Build fences
  • Construct a hay storage area
  • Naturally control harmful weeds in the pasture
  • Make natural worm prevention supplements
  • Build a dehorning box
  • Create goat play structures
  • Make yogurt, cheese, lotion, soap, and more
  • Bake goat treats
  • And more!

From horns to tail, you're ready to tackle the needs of your goat herd with 50 DIY Projects you can create on a limited budget. Let's get started!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510750128
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 410,335
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Janet Garman is a farmer and freelance writer in Maryland. A career in writing began after the nest emptied. All the years of studying farm management and raising many species of livestock along with a full house of children led her to begin sharing her experience in a farm theme blog and website, timbercreekfarmer.com. Janet's background includes a degree in large animal farm management and animal science from University of Maryland and decades of farm and homesteading experience. Her other books are 50 Do-It-Yourself Projects for Keeping ChickensThe Good Living Guide to Keeping Sheep and Other Fiber AnimalsChickens from Scratch, Raising Your Own Chickens from Hatch to Egg Laying and Beyond, Habitat Housing for Rabbits, and Margarita and the Beautiful Gifts. She lives in Crownsville, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Disclaimer ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Shelters and Housing 1

Sheds and Shelters 2

Pole Building 2

Run-in Shed 3

Field Shelter 6

Hoop House Field Shelter 7

Barns 10

Fencing 10

Double Wall Fence 12

Stall Bedding, Buckets, and Feeders 13

Goat Sleeping Platform 14

Manure Management 16

Manure Composting System 16

Chapter 2 Goat Nutrition 19

Goat-Proof Food Storage 19

Food Locker 19

Hay Storage Loft 23

Legumes and Grasses 25

Forage from Grains 25

Forage for Animals with Special Nutritional Needs 25

Hay Needs 26

Stair Railing Hay Rack 28

Pallet Hay Rack 29

Free-Standing Hay Rack 30

Plastic Storage Bin Hay Rack 31

Pasture or Paddock 33

DIY Weed Killer 35

Grain Needs 36

Grain Mixes 37

Recycled Feed Trough 39

Wooden Manger Feeder 42

Tire Feed Bowl 44

Minerals, Salt, Baking Soda, and Supplements 45

Do-It-Yourself Mineral Feeder 46

Wooden Bucket Mineral Buffet 47

Paint Bucket Mineral Feeder 48

Block Mineral Holder 49

Treats for Goats 53

Molasses and Oats Goat Cookies 53

Herb and Oatmeal Treats for Goats 55

Chapter 3 Goat Health 59

Coccidiosis 59

Natural Wormers and Natural Treatments 60

Black Walnut Tincture 63

Natural DIY Worming Mixture 64

Hoof Care 66

Goat Horns 71

Disbudding Box 73

Disbudding Procedure 74

Rumen Health 77

Bloat Remedy 79

Anemia in Goats 79

Urinary Calculi 81

Vaccinations and Diseases 81

Electrolyte Formula 83

Flystrike Treatment 85

First Aid Kit for Goats 85

First Aid Carry Box 90

Drawing Salve 92

Antiseptic Spray 93

Antiseptic Salve/Ointment 94

Hoof Salve for Cracked or Damaged Hooves 94

Chapter 4 Goat Activities 97

Why Play Structures Are Important to Goat Keeping 97

Simple One-Step Project for Itchy Goats 101

Dairy Goat Breeds 103

The Daily Milking 104

The Dairy Goat Facility 105

Dairy Options 105

Simple Milking Stand 106

Milking Equipment 108

Teat Spray #1 108

Teat Spray #2 109

Teat Spray #3 110

Pasteurizing Fresh Goat Milk 110

How to Pasteurize Raw Milk 111

Chapter 6 Fiber Goats 113

Shearing 114

Preparing Mohair for Processing 118

Skirting Table 119

Solar Dyeing Mohair 120

Hibiscus Solar Dye for Mohair Fiber 120

Onion Skin Solar Dye for Mohair Fiber 122

Chapter 7 Raising Goats for Meat 123

Selecting Stock 124

Hearty Goat Meat Stew 124

Marinade 125

Chapter 8 Goat Milk Products 127

Chocolate Almond Goat Milk Ice Cream 127

Goat Milk Caramel Dessert Topping (Cajeta) 128

Goat Milk Yogurt in an Instant Pot 130

Goat Milk Yogurt in a Slow Cooker 132

Goat Butter 132

Basics of Cheesemaking 133

Simple Farmer Goat Milk Cheese 134

Chevre with Herbes de Provence 137

Goat Milk Cottage Cheese 139

Goat Milk Mozzarella Cheese 141

Homemade Pizza Crust 144

Oven Roasted Tomato, Garlic, and Onion Pizza Sauce 145

Goat Milk Soap 147

Traditional Goat Milk Bar Soap 148

Goat Milk Shampoo Bars 151

Felted Soap Bars 152

Goat Milk Lotion 154

After Work Lotion for Barn-Weary Hands 154

Chapter 9 Breeding Goats 157

Chapter 10 Gestation and Kidding 163

Goat Birthing Jug 164

Labor Signs and Birthing Complications? 166

Goat Kidding Kit 167

Coats for Baby Goats 168

Bottle Babies 170

Kid Milk Replacer 173

Acknowledgments 175

Resources 177

Index 179

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