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"But I don't have coyotes" your mind is telling you. The truth is you probably do. They cruise through rural, suburban and even sometimes city areas of 49 of our states and all of Canada. February & March they tend to be the most aggressive as they enter breeding season along with reduced rodent availability. Male coyotes can become extremely aggressive due to increased testosterone levels and increases in fighting with other males. After that hunting increases to feed their quickly growing pups. Fall of course encourages them to hunt extra to try to put on extra weight for winter and winter of course faces it's own challenges. We have seen coyotes all hours of the daytime and of course hear them out at night (we have at least three distinct packs in our neighborhood). They've been sighted off in the distance, in neighbor's yards and even just a step outside of our livestock containing fencing! Fencing without a guardian in it of course can be dug under, squeezed through or under or sometimes jumped over from a log or pile of manure or other item that a careless stock owner leaves too close to the fence. Coyotes only require a few inches to squeeze under or through something. Check your fencing regularly to avoid this.
As livestock and pet owners there are many concerns with coyotes. One is the spread of parvo through their feces. Another is the well known fact that they delight in hunting dogs and cats as a part of their menu, even snatching them off of porches. Even your guardian dogs aren't 100% safe from them. This is why. Several years ago we watched the audacity of one coyote in the afternoon run back and forth along the fenceline with our guardian dogs going bananas just on the other side. What was that trouble maker up to? He knew he couldn't get in and with dogs right there he wouldn't try. What he was doing and what they try to do is to get a dog or two to come after them. Suicidal? No. Hunting? Yes! If they can coerce your guardian or other dog to dig out, squeeze out or go over for a chase they will lead your dog right into an ambush by the pack. End of dog. One guardian or two guardians have no way to take on a pack of coyotes in a planned ambush.
Coyotes are ruthless in their hunting. When going after livestock (or deer, elk, etc) their main strategy is do distract and attack from the front to keep their prey's attention while one or more go for the hamstring or scrotum at the rear. As soon as they bring their animal down they don't finish the kill. They just start eating. Sick and evil, but true. They also are very well known for pulling baby livestock away during birthing- even before the baby is completely out of the birth canal! Always keep your mares, jennies, cattle and small livestock if possible in a coyote proof pen close in when birthing, and / or keep guardians with them. They generally target pets and small livestock (including your immature large livestock), but if they are real hungry they will also target large stock. I also had a horse about twenty years ago that sustained an injury to his face from hitting the fence while running coyotes off.
Ways to avoid coyotes on your place is by keeping good strong fencing on borders where possible along with a guardian or guardians on the inside. Guardian dogs, llamas, occasionally an alpaca male, and donkeys are all commonly used for livestock guardians. There are pros and cons to each form so you'll need to decide which is right for you. Electric fencing can be used but it a maintenance issue if placed on the outside of the fence due to grass and brush growth. Solar powered electric web fencing is very expensive but works well for those that need to get a fence up quick in a new location. It's most commonly used for small livestock and poultry.
Coyotes are very difficult to shoot. My husband has been able to drop one in all of our years together. But certainly if you have safety training and it's legal for you to shoot where you are, this is another method to try to narrow down the ranks. If you are having to shoot onto a neighbor's property to get them be sure you have their permission. Don't count on being able to get very many this way though unless you live in an area where you can set up with a light, calls etc in areas where it's legal to hunt them that way.
Remember that while coyotes are wiley, your number one most likely predator damage is going to be from DOGS- from your neighborhood, your own, or strays wandering through. We get clients from all three scenarios. Please have a plan to keep them out of your stock.
May you never ever ever have a problem from these beautiful but rotten thieves. We are here to help you with herbal aftercare should you have an animal or animals that ever experience predator damage. See our great products at www.firmeadowllc.com . Look for Better Daze, Cayenne extract or herb powder, Wounderful! Salve and ReBuilld herb mix to radically support the healing process. Blessings ALL OF YOU!!!
LaManchas!!! Adga registered, cae/cl/johnes negative! We are still taking deposits for our 2018 kid crop. Our goats typically mature in the LA 90 to 92 range, tend to be very high in rolling average butterfat (most 4 to 4.9%), tend to be strong in the milk bucket (we've had lots of 3000K milkers and even a 4000K milker, higest this past year was 2800), breed for wonderful temperments! Alternative raised! When we showed we were blessed with many many best in show wins WA, OR and CA. www.firmeadowranch.com need to update site.... We also will be selling milkers and have bucks for sale now to keep our herd size reasonable. Not that you milk or show color but we have lots of variety too. B BLESSED live near sequim
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"I just wanted you to know that we love your products and can tell a huge difference in the health of our animals especially our sickly goat S________. She has had a multitude of problems since we bought her. She had been raised on cheap feed and unfortunately she was in bad shape but, we didn't see the signs until after we got her home. She is now healthier than ever and has learned that the GI Soother makes her feel better, so now instead of fight us when we give her the dose, she actually comes to us, licks her lips and takes it willfully. Our new babies look Awesome and are a picture of health. Thank you." JH in Kentucky shared this today. She is using GI Soother, LayNLayer, Icelandic Kelp, Kop-Sel, DWorm A and A-King Joint with various members of her herd and flock. All of these are available on our website.
A client of mine shared a story today. I've heard similar stories a few times from customers about their dogs. This is the first time I"ve heard one from a goat owner... Anyhow WB in Vermont shared today that last year after she started her goats on our DWorm A (tm) and our GI Soother (tm) that her goats would come back from their wooded walks and instead of live ticks she'd find dead ticks on them, that would then fall off. They would leave behind bumps that would heal without her having to do anything for them. However, this year, now that she is on her second year of using them- they are coming out of their wooded browse walks without any ticks on them, and no skin problems or bites to heal. She is just now starting her guardian dog (who has already been diagnosed with lyme and anaplasmosis) on the same program. She has been picking 20 to 30 ticks off of her dog after their daily walk, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes before her body is able to be distasteful to them.
For Lyme support I recommend HerBiotic. When we lived in Southern Oregon and I would pull ticks off of my LGD's I would always follow up by putting HerBiotic salve on the bite area as well as giving them HerBiotic orally. We never had any problems though lyme is in that area. Better Daze (tm) herb mix is always a great choice to increase the nutritional levels helping the animals body to rebound faster. MMune (tm) herb mix is also available to boost systems.
For humans I recommend Dr. Christopher's Super Immune Garlic extract which we sell on our website at a discount. It can be taken daily if needed if you are in a high tick area and want to aid your body's ability to reduce problems from possible exposure. Vitalerbs is also always a bonus to increase nutritional levels on any body that is under stress.
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Wishing all of you a BLESSED summer season!
Ever see these? If you breed enough goats you will! There is no alarm if the kid is otherwise healthy, it just means their space was limited and their feet were curled under probably the last few weeks of third trimester in the womb.
Here's how I work with these. First our subject: Johanna - moderately contracted...
First I gather the kid, scissors, toilet paper rolls and duct tape. Please note that if your kids are around other goats (dam, siblings, etc) that other goats may pull off the wraps, chew on them and ingest part of it or injure the kid while chewing on the wraps. We handraise our kids so we don't have those issues.
Then I cut the tube lengthwise, measure for height keeping the tube lower than the knee and cut them shorter if needed.
Then I cut about a 1 foot length of tape (less for minis) and firmly but not too tightly wrap the leg with the tube starting at the knee, then slide the splint down toward the bottom of the hoof to be sure the hair is lying in the correct direction, then wrap the tape. After that I cut about a 6 inch length of tape and starting on the inside fetlock (ankle) wrap around the foot bottom then up the other side. This sticks the boot in place and keeps it from riding up into the knee.
Then I repeat. The end result is a happy bouncey baby that will keep her leg straight enough to restretch the tight tendons while she walks. I recheck the tendons in a day, and then about every twelve hours after that. Most splits can come off in 1 to three days. I haven't found it necessary to tape the top of the splint to the leg hair so I don't so that it's easier to remove.
I had an interesting and thoughtful question today...
"Right now after I get done milking I just wash with soap and water before returning the goats to their pen. Is this sufficient / proper in order to reduce risk for mastitis?"
My answer was;
"Maybe, but not likely.
When we are washing our hands with soap and water they usually haven't been exposed to manure and urine and dirt 24/7 nor do our hands have an opening with access to the inner body. Also udder tissue and especially orifices can't endure the scrubbing that would be necessary to remove bacteria only with soap and water. Also some soaps will leave a residue at the teat end, to which bacteria or foreign particulate could adhere to. just things to consider.
I always recommend using some type of diluted essential oil spray."
A thought on antibacterial soaps... Nearly all of those contain known or suspected carcinogens. That is not something I want on my hands or skin or on the skin of my goats that are producing my table milk! Also consider that they tend to strip natural oils from the skin, allowing skin to be compromised or chafed- even at just a microscopic level chafing leaves hidey holes that bacterial and debris/dirt are quite comfortable taking up residence.
I personally use our Thieves type of essential oil that I dilute with water and a touch of natural soap in a quart spray bottle. I spray pre and post milking to sanitize the teats and orifices. A cool spray also encourages the orifices to close sooner than they would without it. The sooner orifices close the less opportunities bacteria have to enter the orifice. Even though the teats are disinfected there will still be bacterial issues floating around in the air, which does come in contact with teats.
;Happy MILKING :) !!!
Here is our youtube movie on how we tattoo tails on our lamancha dairy goat kids at Fir Meadow LLC.
After we tattoo we do mix HerBiotic Herb Mix Click here into their bottles to help their bodies avoid any possibility of infections or bacterial issues.
We accept debit and credit cards for kid deposits as well as semen, bucks, does on our website... My kid loving husband not included! :D
Here's a nubian doeling that was not doing well. They started working with Fir Meadow products- specifically GI Soother TM and Better Daze TM. She was so weak they kept a towel rolled up to help keep her upright. See how she's doing now- in the words of her owner "Thriving". You can find these products by clicking here.
Thank-you MS for sharing!
There are other reasons for failure to thrive, but this doeling's problem was a parasite issue. Her lungs also became involved as she was down so long. I also recommend DWorm A TM, and in the case of lungs consider also Lung Support TM Tincture and HerBiotic TM herb mix. Her current photo is below.
Katherine MH, CR, CA, CEIT, DipHIr, QTP has extensive alternative training in Vitalistic (cause oriented) wellness,including a Master's Degree in Herbology and has a heart to share with you so that you, your family and your creatures may achieve abundant wellness.