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by Monica Melograna-Ward

Goats are fairly easy to care for. They need a sturdy, dry shelter and constant access to water. If in a fenced area with limited foliage, just drop in a bale of hay and give them stock feed twice a day. Those are all of the necessities.

Our Little Goat Herd

You can do more for them if you’d like to. Goats like to play, especially the kids. They love to climb and jump. Right now they use the arm chairs on the deck and our outdoor dog’s house for fun. I have been keeping my eye out for some toddler play ground equipment to salvage.

Olivia, Billy the Kid, Luna (up close) and Abigail

We decided to sell our Breeding Billy. “Billy Bob” was getting too hard for me to handle. Between my neck injury and being female, my upper body strength was no match for him. Even though he only weighed in at 50 pounds, he could pull himself out of my grip. I began to tire of the little bruises from his horn poking antics.

We are keeping the Billy Kid. He is actually no longer a Billy. “Billy the Kid” is now a Wether. This means that he is a neutered male. This was done by banding. There is a little contraption you can purchase at the farm supply store. It is shaped a lot like pliers. If you are male, you may want to stop reading here.

You put special rubber bands in it and tie off the testicles. You can also use them to tie off wattles. The blood supply is cut off. After about two weeks, they simply fall off.

I wonder why this technique is not used on dogs. It is easy to do and inexpensive. The kid was playing as usual within an hour. I’m sure that complications can arise. All procedures of this nature have their risks. You must choose one that you are comfortable with.

The great thing about this is that he will remain calm and easy to handle. Without testosterone flowing through his body, there should be no aggression. The boys make better brush clearing machines, so he will have a job. And our son just loves his sweet personality, so he will be a pet too.

We have a mini Billy reserved for the Fall. The herd sire of his family is about 25 pounds and has small horns. He is also not territorial. Hopefully these traits will be passed on. If not, we’ll sell him off after breeding season.

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