"United we bargain, divided we beg."

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Shout Out to Goatbeat!

Several weeks ago, a goat-buddy of mine, who happens to be the owner of the bucks we bred our does to this year, invited me to join an online forum called Goatbeat. This is a great resource for anyone with goats, from smallholders with a couple of nannies like me, on up to larger scale breeders and ranchers. Approximately 300 farmers, mostly women, provide support and advice and their collective wisdom to help each other raise healthy happy goats. Already, I've learned a great deal from them, and also seen many dozens of unbelievably cute pictures of baby goats. Can't wait to post my own!

The Goatbeat consensus regarding my goat's coughing was that it is most likely due to the fact that I just bought a new batch of hay. It seems odd, but unanimous opinion holds that a change of feed can make goats cough. Since my goats show no other symptoms (beyond Flopsy's spot of the trots, which has cleared up), I shouldn't worry overmuch.

So I'm not.