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Solution for Head-Butting Goats

I really wish I’d known this back when I had 130 goats! Can you imagine what it would have looked like?

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.


  1. an interesting idea about pool noodles and goats. I found another way to stop a buck from butting people. my son was abt 2 1/2 yrs old and in the goat pen with us. the buck pinned him to the fence. i quickly grabbed the buck by the horns (not knowing how delicate they were) and wrestled with a determined goat who when released would rear and attack. for some reason a memory came to mind of a disney movie of mountain sheep head butting for dominance. the one who lost his footing lost the competition and the other prevailed with status. as the buck reared to butt again i grabbed a horn and stepped beside him reached through his legs to the opposite side and jerked them out from under him. he seem surprised got to his feet and did a half hearted rise to butt. i repeated my action and to my knowledge he never attempted to butt a human again. I dont think my goats would put up with pool noodles for very long.

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