Favorite Links & Resources

General Care & More:

DIY Milk Stand Plan:

Best plans 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")!  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).  The panels are huge, 5x16' and will need to be cut down.   I thought I saw at one point that Coastal offered a half panel size so shop around!  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.