Natural Goat Care Solutions that You Need to Know About

Modern medicine is not taboo around our home and farm, but we opt for natural remedies when possible. Natural medicine is nice because it can be grown on-farm and it is derived from God-given resources. God created every plant for a reason and I like to put them to their proper uses. Natural goat care has been my primary focus since we started raising dairy goats a little over two years ago. There are lots of herbs, essential oils, and common pantry items that can be used to keep your goats happy and healthy…read on for a helpful little list 🙂

*This list is not comprehensive, but it includes those solutions that I find most helpful.

Natural Goat Care Solutions

Herbs 

  • Red Raspberry Leaf helps in pregnancy, labor, and lactation.
  • Garlic is a multi-purpose herb that is most often used as a dewormer.
  • Oregano has antibacterial properties that can fight off illnesses.
  • Comfrey heals bones & skin following injuries.
  • Slippery Elm Bark soothes digestive & respiratory issues.

Essential Oils

  • Peppermint Oil repels flies, induces milk letdown, and treats mastitis.
  • Tea Tree Oil is a strong antibacterial that disinfects and heals many different skin ailments.
  • Lavender Oil has a calming effect on nervous & stressed animals.
  • Oregano Oil helps to ward off illnesses.

Molasses

Keep Molasses on hand for a quick and natural energy boost. Mix a little molasses into a doe’s water after she has given birth or make treats with molasses mixed in.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Add a splash of ACV to your goats’ water bucket for overall health & to keep the water clean.

My Favorite Natural Goat Care Products & Recipes

BiteMe! Goat Treats

I am not an herbalist and I haven’t mastered any DIY herbal solutions so I use BiteMe! herbal treats. These treats are pre-made & formulated for specific preventative measures and treatments.

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BiteMe! offers:

  • Squirmy Wormy for deworming
  • Mineral Mojo for Copper & Selenium deficiency
  • Baby Mama for pregnant does
  • Belly Buddy to soothe the digestive tract
  • Funk Fixer for immune system support
  • Milk Money to increase milk production
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Downed Goat Recipe

We use this recipe when we have a sick goat that can’t get up. It provides strength & energy for the goat to stand up for a better chance at recovery.

  • 1 baked sweet potato
  • 1 can of ripe, stout beer
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup water

Blend into a soup and get it down the goat (you might have to force feed with a syringe). Feed as many times as needed to get the goat back up.

Bag Balm

Instead of buying Bag Balm or Udder Butter from the feed store, I make my own. The recipe that I use works to moisturize, protect, soften, & clean the udder + it smells great!


Natural Goat Care Resources

“Natural Goat Care”  by Pat Coleby

This book is a highly recommended resource to help you dive a little deeper into caring for your herd naturally.

Molly’s Herbals  

Molly’s Herbals provides pre-made natural goat medicines and tons of information on herbs and supplements for goats.

*This information does not replace professional advice.


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  1. I’m purchasing 2 dwarf female baby does. Ready in Dec. Since I live a healthy holistic life. Want to do everything naturally I can for the babies coming. I’ve learned much about the ACV, garlic, essential oils & herbs. What I need to figure out is if I want the breeder to vaccinate them (C D & T) or not. I’m not a fan of vaccinations, even with my dog & cats. What do you recommend? Do you vaccinate?

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