Raising Goats for Beginners: 6 Things to Know Before You Get Goats


Tracy LynnYou know the old saying, “if I knew then what I know now?” Well, I believe a homesteader must have come up with that quote. On a homestead, mistakes and misjudgments are the most common way to learn.

There is something about living through a mistake that embeds that lesson in our minds and makes this way of learning a valuable one—a way of earning our stripes so to speak.

And my stripes are now your checklist of how to raise goats in your backyard. Your goat care 101 introduction to raising and caring for your new herd. 

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No matter where you live, goats need to have some sort of shelter. They need a place to get out of the elements—the rain, snow, wind, even the sun. A sheltered area to cool off or dry off.

The type of shelter you need will depend on the seasons where you live. If you live in a warmer climate, a lean-to will be enough, whereas a colder climate will require a barn or shed.

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