Sunday, March 31, 2013

Goat Sale Agreement

Goat Sale Agreement

A gentleman's agreement is the way most all transactions between two or more parties was handled in the past, especially on the farm. It was typically oral, and not written mainly because many people could not read or write 100 years ago.

The essence of a gentleman's agreement was that it relies upon the honor and memory of the parties rather than it being a written contract or agreement.

I don't much care to get lawyers involved in my business and have little need for written contracts but I certainly have a need to write things down so I don't forget, and it helps my customers remember the specifics of the deal.

I have a simple 1-page contract that I use when I sell goats from the Red Fence Farm. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Buck or Wether

From buckling to wether
Wether or Not
Many backyard goat owners make the horrible mistake of allowing their buckling to grow up to be a buck. Often, people do not castrate their buckling because they don't realize what a pain they are raising. The only reason you would want to allowing your buckling to mature to a buck is for breeding purposes. 

The Buck Stops Here
If you do choose to keep your male goat as the buck for your herd you will want to understand some things now.

1.  Bucks require a separate living space.
2. Bucks are much harder to handle.
3. Bucks don't smell, they flat stink. They have scent glands that put out an aroma and then they urinate on themselves during breeding season to make the stink really bad.

Turn your buckling into a wether, castrate him. Wethers can get big, but are the sweetest of all goats, they don't stink, they make great pets and pack animals.

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Bottle Feeding and Weaning Goats
Delivery of Baby Goats 
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How Early To Breed My Doe 
Is My Goat in Heat?
Breeding My Doe 
How to Castrate a goat
Birthing Barn for Goats
When will my Goat Deliver

Friday, March 1, 2013

How to Castrate a Goat

How To Use an Elastrator

Using an elastrator & band to castrate your buckling is an easy procedure. Don't put this task off, get it done while the scrotum is still very small, anytime from about 3 days to 3 weeks of age.

I like banding it is the most common method that goat owners use to castrate their goats. It is quick and bloodless. Banding is the procedure of placing a small, thick rubber band to the top of the testicles. The band prevents blood flow.

Easy steps 
1. Restrain the kid.
2. Roll a band onto the prongs of the elastrator.
3. Expand the band by squeezing the elastrator.
4. Place the band over the scrotum and testes.
5. Be sure the band is below the testes.
6. Release the elastrator and pull it from the band.

If you believe the band is not placed correctly,  cut off the band and repeat the procedure. Your soon-to-be wether will experience some displeasure and will probably cry a bit, lay down, roll around and pace. This should all be over in less than an hour. The scrotum and testes dry up and drop off in about two weeks.
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