New Goat Owners

*This page is under development, I hope to have it updated soon*

Information you find on various breeders websites and in Facebook groups may not be good quality information, so here are resources that you can trust.

Here is an invaluable resource for nearly any situation or question you may run into with goats, published by Onion Creek Ranch. I cannot stress enough how helpful these articles are. Another resource that is of great help is the Maryland Small Ruminant Page and the articles found there.

One of the first things you need to learn about goats is how rapidly they can sicken and die from worms. Please refer to

Quiz Prep Guide:

  1. Work with an experienced mentor. A good mentor is invaluable at 2:36 a.m. when you are suddenly faced with a dystocia, or an injury, and the vet won’t arrive soon enough.
  2. Worms are the number one killer of goats. Know how to read your goat’s FAMACHA score. If you detect anemia, take action immediately, see combination treatments and combine with iron supplementation.
  3. Understand dewormer classes.
  4. Diarrhea is usually being caused by worms, it is critical to quickly treat the underlying problem and not the diarrhea.
  5. understand the importance of adequate fencing to keep your goats in and predators out. Fence recommendations are cattle panels, welded wire fencing, minimum 4′ tall for Nigerian Dwarf goats and 5′ for standard breeds.
  6. Housing. You can’t do too much for your goats, but you can do too little – that’s why this is “housing” and not “shelter”.
  7. What age to breed your doe for the first time?
  8. What age should I disbud my kids?
  9. Do goats eat cans? feeding the buck. vitamins and minerals. browse.

Basic Goat Questions

This quizlet contains a few fun questions for the new goat owner. There are many more things that you will need to know and learn, but this is a start.

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What is the importance of an experienced mentor?

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How do you find your goat’s FAMACHA score?

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Your goat is anemic according to their FAMACHA score, what do you do?

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Does my buck or wether need special feed?

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My goat has diarrhea, what should I do?

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What does this quote mean? “If your fence won’t hold water, it won’t hold goats.”

Your score is

The average score is 76%


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