Natural Goat Care Solutions that You Need to Know About

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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.


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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.

Natural Goat Care for Your Herd | Faithful Farmwife

BiteMe! offers:

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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.


More Goat Resources

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