We offer our goats free choice baking soda and mineral supplements. These are in a two bucket feeder inside their shelter. I find that the goats help themselves when they need it.
Baking soda helps the goat's rumen and prevents bloat. This Prairie Homestead article explains more about feeding baking soda to goats, in case you're curious. Please note, I am not an expert, a nutritionist, or anything else! I'm just a gal who has done a bit of research, sharing what I do. You'll need to regard your own situation to determine what would be best for you!
For our goats, we start with a base of Manna Pro Goat Minerals. I shop around for this. Sometimes it is cheaper at Tractor Supply, other times it is cheaper through Walmart or even Amazon.
I also add some Icelandic Kelp- which might sound odd, but it is loaded with nutrients- some probiotics and yeast. It is important to note, it is not baker's yeast, but rather a special type for the rumen. My go-to, need-to-know resource on all things goat is Fiasco Farms. Check out their info on Mineral Supplements.
We had an amazing time at the fair! We enjoyed our mornings with the kids watching as they prepared and showed their 4-H animals. After a quick lunch- and sometimes a nap- we spent our afternoons checking out the different buildings and activities! We met up with friends under the shade and enjoyed dinner together while the kids bounced between the rides and the water area, which was a great way for them to cool down! It was nice enjoying the music or whatever show was onstage while we parents visited. When it got a little darker out, we joined our kids at the carnival and even rode a few rides ourselves!
Our does, and boys, did a great job showing!
Growing up, our fair was always the highlight of my summer! I spent it showing in the mornings and hanging out with my friends either in the barns or carnival the rest of the day. My parents got to visit with their friends and we would all picnic together. I love that I am now the parent! I love that some of the same kids that I spent my fairs with are now at the fair with their kids and the cycle continues!
I guess I am the kind of person that chooses to focus more on the positive. Our community came out and supported the livestock auction, just like they always have, and I am so grateful to everyone who works so hard to make our fair a success! Our 4-H leaders are some of the most generous and wonderful people I know that always put kids first! I love that SERRF and several of the local preschools had so many entries! I loved getting inspired seeing the amazing quilted projects and am excited to enter a few of my own next year!
Yes it was hot, but it's July in Red Bluff! Our animals, and ourselves are hot at the fairgrounds or at home! I for one am glad for the time I spent with my family and my friends at the fair. It was worth every hard earned dollar and every drop of sweat and I cannot wait for next year!
Ever hear the expression, “If you’re not learning, you’re doing something wrong”? I tend to take “learning” to new levels. Our first attempt at having my does bred was definitely a learning experience! The most important thing I learned was to confirm pregnancy by a blood test!
Fast forward 6 months, I bought a buck, and then another… We now have two beautiful bucks and three pregnant does! This time we did blood draws to confirm that all three are indeed pregnant. We also had our herd tested and they are negative for Johne’s, CL and CAE.
We also designed our kidding barn and figured different areas to tweak. We now have a few more weeks to make changes.
All three does are bred to our buck, King. This handsome buck is buckskin & white. His offspring have a possibility of blue eyes. King is a sire from Blue Moon Bayou Farm.