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We are talking about everything goats! Whether you're an owner, a breeder, or just a fan of these wonderful creatures, we've got you covered. Join host and author Deborah Niemann as she interviews experts and goat lovers so we can all learn more about how to improve the health and production of our goats, improve our relationships, and possibly even start a goat business.

We are talking about everything goats! Whether you're an owner, a breeder, or just a fan of these wonderful creatures, we've got you covered. Join host and author Deborah Niemann as she interviews experts and goat lovers so we can all learn more about how to improve the health and production of our goats, improve our relationships, and possibly even start a goat business.

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We are talking about everything goats! Whether you're an owner, a breeder, or just a fan of these wonderful creatures, we've got you covered. Join host and author Deborah Niemann as she interviews experts and goat lovers so we can all learn more about how to improve the health and production of our goats, improve our relationships, and possibly even start a goat business.

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English

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Episodes

Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

1/6/2021
If you've had friends taste your cheese and tell you that you should go pro and start selling it, this is the episode for you. Years ago when that happened to me, I visited Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery in Illinois for a two day workshop to learn more about turning my passion into a business. Unlike most of my guests whom I've only known online, I've personally known Leslie Cooperband and Wes Jarrell for more than a decade, so this is an especially fun episode for me. Leslie tells the...

Duration:00:26:07

Meat Goat Genetic Research

12/30/2020
If you ask any goat breeder what is their favorite breed, they will most likely tell you it's the breed they are raising. However, there is no perfect breed. Each one has its own pros and cons. In the world of meat goats it is not uncommon to hear people say that boers provide more meat, whereas kikos have better parasite resistance — and the discussion usually ends with those two breeds. Richard Browning, Ph.D., of Tennessee State University, has been studying the genetic differences...

Duration:00:36:06

Listener Q&A

12/23/2020
Today we have questions from three listeners, so we are talking about If you would like to ask a question that may be used in a future Q&A episode, click here to record your question. Click on one of the podcast players to listen, or page down to read the transcript. For more information on topics I discuss in this episode, check out these links: Copper Oxide as a Dewormer -- podcast Using Dewormers Correctly -- podcast Roundworms in Goats -- podcast Dewormer Resistance in Goats --...

Duration:00:35:25

Copper Oxide as a Dewormer

12/9/2020
Whether you are facing resistance to chemical dewormers, or whether you prefer to use more natural remedies, copper oxide wire particles may be helpful in the fight against barber pole worm (haemonchus contortus) in goats and sheep. Joan Burke, Ph.D., has been studying the effects of copper oxide and other alternative dewormers on intestinal worms since the early 2000s. She has had multiple studies published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Veterinary Parasitology. In this episode, Dr....

Duration:00:31:02

Livestock Guardian Dogs

11/18/2020
Many people who have owned pet dogs assume that they know all about choosing, buying, and training dogs, but livestock guardian dogs are a completely different animal. In this episode we are talking about those differences with Bill Costanzo from Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center in San Angelo. For more information, visit Bill on social media or via email: Instagram Facebook Youtube Website Email

Duration:00:36:40

Eradicating CAE

11/11/2020
Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis, usually referred to as CAE, is a disease unique the goats and sheep, which has no cure. It spreads easily because goats in the early stages of the disease have no symptoms, and some may remain symptomatic forever. In the 1970s, it was discovered that most goat herds in the United States and many other countries had multiple goats that were infected. Since the disease is spread by bodily fluids, including blood, milk, and mucus, it is easy to control the...

Duration:00:28:43

Airbnb with Goats

11/4/2020
Have you thought about renting out a room or a small cottage or cabin on your farm through Airbnb? Meet Tammy Gallagher of Texas who has done just that! In this episode, she talks about why they opened up their farm to guests and exactly how that works with her goats and other livestock. Shady Paddock Farm - Willow House Standlee Premium Western Forage We've been using and loving hay pellets from Standlee Premium Western Forage for more than 10 years!

Duration:00:26:12

Goat Landscaping

10/28/2020
It might sounds like it's too good to be true -- take your goats to someone else's land and have them eat the brush and weeds while you are being paid. Goat landscaping is now more popular than ever, but it is not quite as simple as loading up your goats and having someone pay you while also providing free food for your goats. Today I'm talking to Aaron Steele of Goats on the Go about what it's really like to run a goat landscaping business. He is talking about how he got started, pitfalls...

Duration:00:28:20

Goat Milk Soap Business

10/21/2020
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own goat milk soap business? That's exactly what Jill Spruance and her family did almost a decade ago, and they are still going strong. They make about 20,000 bars of soap annually and sell them on their farm and online, as well as wholesale through 35 retailers across the country. In this podcast, Jill talks about why she started making soap, why they started selling soap, and how their business has evolved. She also talks about how they pivoted when...

Duration:00:44:54

Using Dewormers Correctly

10/7/2020
There is probably no other goat-related subject that confuses goat owners more than deworming. If you check five different online sources, you could wind up with five different recommendations about how to use dewormers. The problem is that there was not much research done on worms until the last 15 years or so, which means there are a lot of outdated recommendations still floating around online. And it's also challenging to get the new info to veterinarians, so some of them are even working...

Duration:00:49:08

Breeding Season

9/30/2020
Rather than waiting for spring and wondering why your goats didn't get pregnant, now is the time to get your ducks in a row -- er, um, goats! In this solo episode I'm talking about all of the things you need to consider during breeding season. For more information on breeding your goats: My free course on Goat Breeding includes videos to help you recognize signs of heat, as well as successful and unsuccessful breeding attempts -- and more! Goats need proper nutrition for successful...

Duration:00:45:37

Goats in Nepal

9/24/2020
Dan Laney, a goat breeder and a judge with the American Dairy Goat Association, has been helping people in Nepal raise goats since 2014. In this episode, he talks about how being in a coma for a month and then losing his mother to cancer ultimately led him to finding more meaning in his life by helping others. In this episode he talks about how he got started, as well as how he has continued to help the people of Nepal with their goats in recent years, and what he plans to do when he we can...

Duration:00:41:25

Goats in Nepal

9/23/2020
Dan Laney, a goat breeder and a judge with the American Dairy Goat Association, has been helping people in Nepal raise goats since 2014. In this episode, he talks about how being in a coma for a month and then losing his mother to cancer ultimately led him to finding more meaning in his life by helping others. Visit For the Love of Goats to see complete show notes.

Duration:00:41:26

2 Goat Milking Challenges

9/16/2020
Today we are talking about two separate problems that a lot of goat owners encounter -- milk that tastes "goaty" and does holding back their milk. First I'm talking to Katherine Boehle, Ph.D., about how bacteria in milk causes a bad taste -- and it doesn't matter whether that bacteria is alive or dead, so pasteurization is not the answer. Dead bacteria tastes just as bad as live bacteria. Then we are talking about one of the greatest frustrations of anyone who has ever milked a goat (or...

Duration:00:27:22

Homeschooling with Goats

8/24/2020
Katherine Boehle is taking us on a trip down memory lane to discuss her upbringing on the farm, learning alongside nature, and using goats and other livestock as an educational tool. 5:35 Exploring ecosystems and collecting bones 10:00 Rotational grazing 12:46 First field necropsy Goats 365 Membership 19:09 Necropsy advice 21:30 Goats as parenting training 22:45 Potty training goats 24:30 Writing about science Science on the Farm 30:30 Homeschooling advice

Duration:00:33:21

Accounting and Goats

8/17/2020
Are your goats or goat expenses tax deductible? It depends! Learn the many ways goats can affect your taxes (or not) with Harley Raptor CPA and "Accountant Warrior" as she describes the different ways to treat goats on your taxes and what differentiates a business from a hobby. 2:00 What's the difference between a hobby and a business. 9 factors from IRS 5:39 Do marketing expenses help create a legitimate business? 6:28 Contractors vs Employees 9:58 Additional accounting expenses to...

Duration:00:29:26

Gelato with Nigerian Dwarf Goat Milk

7/29/2020
If you ever thought about starting a commercial dairy, today's episode is for you. I am talking to a couple of New Yorkers who moved to Vermont to start a goat dairy selling gelato! Michael and Lisa Davis talk about the realities of having a goat dairy, from both the perspective of raising goats, as well as making gelato. 3:20 the decision to start a herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats for the dairy 6:22 finances 8:00 growing a herd and selling goats 13:08 unusual expenses of having a dairy...

Duration:00:37:53

Rare San Clemente Island Goats

7/19/2020
The San Clemente Island Goat originally came from off the coast of California where they had become so invasive that the government started an eradication program in the late 1970s. Today less than a thousand of these goats are found in small herds around the US and Canada. In this episode I'm talking to Erin Link, who raises them and helped to start the new breeders association. In addition to having a goat meat CSA, Erin also milks her goats and sells goat milk soap to raise awareness...

Duration:00:28:37

Goat Law

7/11/2020
Learn about your responsibilities and liabilities as a goat owner with Eva Moss, Farmer and Partner Development Manager at Farm Commons, which is a non-profit specializing in legal education for farmers. 2:50 zoning 6:20 goat yoga 7:20 liability 8:30 signed waivers 10:00 agritourism liability statutes 11:56 insurance 17:40 incorporation 20:49 types of business entitities 24:00 liability for goat bite and rabies 31:22 product liability For more information about farming and legal...

Duration:00:40:55

Roundworms in Goats

6/26/2020
Steve Hart, Ph.D., of Langston University talks about roundworms in goats, including the infamous barber pole worm, which causes a lot of heartache and financial loss for goat owners every summer. Did you know ...? Dr. Hart explains why this worm is such a problem for goats and their owners, as well as what you can do about them. We also talk about other roundworms and how they cause different symptoms than the barber pole worm. 2:54 barber pole worm 9:50 risk factors for goats 10:55...

Duration:00:27:48