Favorite Links & Resources

General Care & More:

DIY Milk Stand Plan:

This is the best, easiest to follow plan I've found for a milk stanchion (stand).  Just remember to reduce the height of the headgate for Nigerians (I think I reduced it by about 5-6")!  I would also recommend replacing the 2x2 that holds the feed bowl (Part J) with a 2x4, it will provide more support for the over-the-fence style feeding bowls and prevent the bowl from falling when a goat is being naughty (ask me how I know!).  https://www.fiascofarm.com/files/Milk_Stand_Plans.pdf

DIY Hay Feeder Plans:

I made some single-sided feeders from this plan using "horse panels" from local farm stores (Wilco/Coastal). I think the biggest draw back to this style is that the panel causes rubbing on the bridge of the nose which results in hair loss. I really like the keyhole feeders (or slant rail feeders) that the goats stick their heads into and eat the have off the built in bottom BUT when having kids around they LOVE to slip into the hay side.  This results in lots of wasted hay and an increase in internal parasites due to them defacating on the hay.  Not ideal!  https://www.premier1supplies.com/img/product/pdf/byo-feeders.pdf

Fecal Testing Labs:

Most vets provide fecal testing, but if you're having trouble finding a cost effective solution there are mail-in alternatives!  Please note that you want the freshest sample possible which, for me, means following the goats around with a Ziplock bag and a Sharpie to mark their name on the bag!  After that, in the fridge it goes to keep any worms from deteriorating until I can get to the post office.  Ain't farming classy?!  

Blood panels (serology) for CAE, CL, Johne's, Brucellosis, Q-Fever, Pregnancy, etc:

As is with fecal testing, many veterinarians will draw blood for you and send off the samples for testing.  For those of you who prefer to draw your own blood (see video above) or have someone who can do it for you at a reasonable cost, here are some labs to submit those samples to.