Oly Ridge Farm Goat Care 2018

By Lisa Poole, Certified Family Herbalist

General Feed, Supplements for nutritional & immune support (may vary by goat & season)

*Our cleanse program is important to our natural approach. The cleanse opens the pathways of elimination (bowels, liver, kidneys, etc.). These become bogged down when we introduce non-plant-based vitamins, minerals, medicines, etc. The body can assimilate just a small percentage of these elements. What it can’t assimilate, accumulates in those organs of elimination, leaving the animal more susceptible to ill health. See link on the website for details on herbal cleansing.

Herbal products on hand for emergencies:

--GI Soother (Fir Meadow)

--Clostrideaze (Fir Meadow)

--Herbiotic (Fir Meadow)

--Cayenne powder & tincture (full of B Vits)

--Activated charcoal paste

--Raw garlic, raw honey, raw ginger

--I keep a stock of bulk herbs on hand for different needs and brew teas for the goats to either drench or put in their water.

e.g. catnip/fennel tea is great for colic (goats can develop bloat, which is deadly, from changes in feed, if they get into their grain and eat too much, if they eat something toxic, even when there is new grass growing in the spring).

--Apple Cider Vinegar/Aloe Vera Juice combo

Kid Care

Supplements:

Daily:

Watch kids carefully for any signs they are off (e.g. hunched backs, scours, off in a corner, starry-eyed look, shivering/shaking, etc.). Don’t wait! Take fast action to get ahead of problems. The first thing I do is put a pinch of Clostrideaze or GI Soother in some Apple Cider Vinegar/Aloe Vera combo, then drench the kid carefully (preferably in the cheek as they tend to easily aspirate fluids). Go to Totally Natural Goats on Facebook for real time advice from experts with any questions or concerns. They will point you in the right direction and walk you through it.

Disbudding:

Stress/Pain in general (including tattooing):

Other

Pregnancy, beginning with breeding:

Birth:

Post birth:

Milking

Land of Havilah Udder Wash/Teat Dip Recipe: 

20 drops of Lavender essential oil

20 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

5 drops Tea Tree essential oil

l6 oz. Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar

16 oz. Cayenne/Comfrey Infusion (homemade, instructions below)

Put all into a 1 quart size spray bottle.  Shake well before use. 

Cayenne/Comfrey Infusion

1 TBSP Cayenne Pepper powder (40,000 hu=heat units)

1 TBSP Comfrey Root powder

16 oz of boiling water

Put Cayenne Pepper powder & Comfrey Root powder in canning jar.  Pour boiling water over it (like a tea), lid it and let it steep for at least 30 minutes).  Filter this through a piece of paper towel(since it is NOT being ingested, only sprayed on the udder) and then proceed to use the filtered infusion in the udder wash recipe given above.

http://landofhavilahfarm.com/loh/natural-raising/my-holistic-methods/my-goat-milking-milk-handling-procedure/

Note: LOH has an updated version here:  http://landofhavilahfarm.com/loh/natural-raising/my-holistic-methods/my-goat-milking-milk-handling-procedure/diy-x-ceptic-tincture-or-infusion/

Oly Ridge Udder Balm:

½ Cup Coconut Oil

¼ Cup Shea Butter

¼ Cup Castor Oil (or cocoa butter)

1 T magnesium oil (optional)

2 pellets Arnica Montana dissoved in ⅛ teaspoon water (optional)

12 drops Calendula Oil

1 T Beeswax (summer/warm months when the balm would otherwise liquify)

Directions: warm the coconut oil, shea butter and castor oil with the beeswax until liquified. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Put into container and firm up in refrigerator.

Oly Ridge Garlic Ginger Drench

Garlic is my FIRST line of defense in just about any situation where I don’t know exactly what is wrong with a goat. It is antibiotic, anti-parasitic, boosts the immune system, etc. This recipe covers a lot of bases with the inclusion of ginger (for G.I. health), raw honey (antibiotic), cayenne (B-vitamins, energy), olive oil (anti-inflammatory). May be apportioned depending on need.

4 oz raw garlic, loose paper peeled

4 oz ginger chopped into small chunks

Place in blender and clover with Extra Virgin Olive Oil; pulse until it forms a thick paste. Add:

¼ C ACV

2 lg TBSP cayenne (or 1 dropper cayenne tincture)

2 TBSP raw honey

Blend again, trying to get it as smooth as possible. Pour into quart jar. Add about ¼ cup water to mixture and shake well. Drench 3-6 cc (or about 1 T) into goat. Use for acute dosing if needed, or hourly during waking hours as needed.

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Updated November 2018. May not be reproduced without permission of Oly Ridge Farm.