Prepare a Home Dairy First Aid Kit

Keep your dairy goat herd in good health by stockpiling treatments for small injuries and illnesses, and learning how to apply them.

| September/October 2020

Small-Home-Dairy 

Keeping a herd of goats for a small home dairy of your own is an especially rewarding farm project. It’s a fine feeling to watch a well-kept dairy goat, slick from spring grass, following you toward the milking shed. And knowing that your family is healthy and strong, flourishing on her rich milk, is a gift that’s nearly impossible to value.

This dairy lifestyle has many satisfying rhythms, and we’d like to think we can avoid any problems or injuries among our herds. Life can get rough out here, though. I’ve found that it pays to be prepared with a stash of thoughtfully selected first-aid items on the homestead, especially when dealing with dairy animals.

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I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned about treating injuries and minor sicknesses in my dairy herd. I’d also like to give you some ideas for creating your own “home dairy first-aid kit.” Doing some thoughtful planning will prepare you to respond quickly to any health condition that may arise in your herd.

First off, you’ll need your vet’s phone number close at hand for sudden injuries and sickness. Even though it may be an extra burden on a busy day to stop work, load an animal, and take it to the vet’s office, it’s important to provide fair, compassionate care for your animals. That said, depending on your experience and skills, you can easily handle a lot of situations at home. That’s why I encourage you to do your research ahead of time, so you’ll be better prepared and will know what you can safely manage. If you know your limits, you’ll know when to call for professional help.



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