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How to Grow a Goat Grazing Business Part 1

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Goats, Livestock  /  2 Comments

In 2004, I opened Rent-A-Ruminant LLC in Western Washington State. I started with a handful of goats, no experience and not a clue how to start and run the business. There were only two of us goat rentals in the State of WA at the time. It was still a fledgling industry and took a […]

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Considering Raising Meat Goats? Here’s What the Market Looks Like

By   /  October 31, 2016  /  Goats, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Considering Raising Meat Goats? Here’s What the Market Looks Like

Thanks to Steve Bryns, Texas A&M Agrilife, for this article. Researchers at Texas A&M just finished a  six-year study proving what many of their West Texas stockmen know; properly managed meat goats are valuable property, no matter how many you have. Bill Thompson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, and Dr. Dan Waldron, Texas A&M […]

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FAMACHA Score Four Sheep in 30 Seconds

By   /  June 27, 2016  /  Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  2 Comments

Last week we shared an article about the problem of parasite resistance to worming medications and covered worming practices that may help or hurt resistance. FAMACHA© scoring is one of the tools available to help prevent resistance in your herd. It’s a test for barberpole worms (Haemonchus contortus) in your herd, and uses the symptoms […]

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Test Your Knowledge of Management Practices That Affect Dewormer Resistance

By   /  June 20, 2016  /  Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  2 Comments

There are many important diseases in goats but none are as common or threaten the health of goats as much as internal parasites (worms). Although there are many types of worms that may contribute to a parasite problem, the blood-sucking barber pole worm (Haemonchus contortus) is the most prevalent and most important, especially in the […]

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Livestock Guardians Protect the Flock

By   /  April 11, 2016  /  Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  6 Comments

Some great tips for working with guardian animals along with additional resources where you can learn more, or even call a person for help!

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