Equipment Needed For Goat Keeping
There is some basic goat equipment that is necessary in order to keep goats. Additionally, there is also some more specialised equipment depending on why you are keeping goats, whether it is for their milk, meat, fibre or kids.
This includes feeding equipment such as hay feeders, mineral feeders, feed bowls for grains and water containers.
If you live in a temperate climate where water freezes in the winter, you will also need something to heat the goat's water up and keep it from freezing.
A milk stand, or stanchion is helpful when securing goats for manipulation.
Mucking supplies are necessary to keep the bedding as fresh as possible for as long as possible. This includes boots, gloves, pitchfork and wheel barrow.
Record keeping is very important when keeping goats, whether it is for the veterinarian, should a health issue arise, or for your own business to keep track of problem goats that need to be culled.
You will also need equipment for storage, such as pallets, to get the hay up off the ground, thus preventing the growth of mould. Steel garbage cans are better, because rats can eat through the plastic ones.
Some pharmacy equipment is also included as basic equipment.
A drench gun is essential for administering de-worming medicine.
There are several medicines that are a good idea to normally keep including de-wormers and antibiotics at the very least. Your veterinarian can suggest other medications.
Hoof trimmer and hoof file are fundamental equipments to keep the goat's hooves trim and healthy.
A thermometer will be used to monitor overall health through temperature.
A Sharp's container is for discarding used needles.
Some optional equipment includes clippers for grooming.
In the pharmacy a balling gun is a good idea in order to administer tablet medicines.
Heat lamps are another good thing to have to warm kids and sick animals.
A scale is good for weighing animals for proper dosages.
Identification equipment varies depending on what type of identification method you use on your goats: tags, tattooing, microchip and notching are all possibilities.
Depending on what you are keeping goats for, will determine what type and how much equipment you need.
Some specialised equipment depending on what is being produced include milking equipment such as a motorised milking machine, hand-milking machine, or simple bucket for hand-milking as well as a double boiler for pasteurising the milk and something to store it.
If there are kids on the property, you will need creep feeders, which is an area where only kids can enter and not the adults, in order to provide them with a special diet. You will also need a kidding pen and a kidding kit.
If you produce fibres, good, heavy-duty clippers will be
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