About Old West's Farms & the Animals

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Got Goats ... Some Info for you !!

After the loss of baby Kate, I have done a lot of research on what may have caused her neurological disorder and her blindness. It could have been a fluke, it happens. But I have read and studied how reputable goat breeders feed their goats.

As for my breeding does, I will begin giving BoSe Selenium shots twice a year as well as copper boluses . I will also be sprinkling their grain with some loose minerals that contains copper and selenium in it.

For us, and for you if you intend on having a buck, we SHOULD HAVE had a separate buck pen and grazing area set up for our boys. Note, if you are considering getting a buck ~ build a pen for him and his companion ahead of time that is FAR away from your girls. I have seen some people that build tiny little pens for their bucks. For me, I recognize he IS my herd and I must take good care of him. Give your buck good quality hay, very little if any pelleted food, and make sure he has clean water, minerals and baking soda.

I still don't know if I will be vaccinating. I don't plan on showing at this time, and I have not purchased a goat outside my original herd, so I just don't know how necessary it would be. Still under consideration.

Thats all for now ~ Hope this helps make your caprine happy and healthy !!


  1. do you have a website for your goats? I breed ND goats in NJ and always interested in looking at other's sites etc. As to vaccinating. I have some vaccinated and some not with cd/t but everyone was vaccinated with pasturella vaccine after a horrible issue with it in 2009 (didnt loose anyone thankfully).

  2. I just started a website, so it is very minimalistic. www.oldwestfarms.com I am really hoping to add a few does this year. I have yet to sell any of my ND because I keep getting pretty little girls :) Needless to say, I will be in the market for a buck next season.

    Do you have a website ??

    I have tons of ND websites saved because I love learning from other more experienced breeders.