* Resources on Goats *

Helpful Websites:

(Click on the name of the resource. The website will open in a new window.)

The following resources are provided in alphabetical order for your own research in taking care of your herd of goats. We have gleaned knowledge and resources that have worked for our farm. We have also left behind things that don’t work for our particular farm. We know it’s helpful to share resources as a “good neighbor” to help one another.

Take what works for you and leave behind what doesn’t. We will update this page over time, so feel free to check back from time to time to see what has been added.

May your herd be healthy and happy as you learn how to take good care of your goats!

* Stand Firm Farm’s Facebook Page

Please come visit us at our Facebook page. Because this website is still under construction, our most recent farm news is located on our Timeline. Make sure to “LIKE” us so that you can keep up with our farm. Remember the more you interact with our posts, the more often Facebook will share our posts with you.

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*American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC)

This is a very educational website concerning the topic of parasite control in goats. It’s well known that the parasites and worms that bug goats and other animals have pretty much become resistant to chemical dewormers. ACSRPC is where scientists, veterinarians, extension specialists and others gather to swap and share their research. The members are from educational and government organizations both in the United States and world wide along with others who are concerned about this problem of managing parasites in various ruminant animals. This website will open you up to the problems you will face with your goats in keeping their worm loads low and manageable. You will also read about promising alternatives being tested and developed. As a goat owner, this will be one of your challenges. Don’t be discouraged, because there are things that help. Learn more here! Good management practices will make having goats a lot more enjoyable! Be of good encouragement!

* American Dairy Goat Association

We are Members of ADGA. Our farm name, Stand Firm Farm, is listed with ADGA. This is the registry we use for registering our pure bred Nigerian Dwarf goats.

*Farmer Veteran Coalition

FVC’s mission is to mobilize Veterans to feed America. They help veterans as they transition out of military service and into the new career of becoming a farmer. They have a map on their website that indicates where you can find member’s farms. This is a non-profit, non-government organization. We are working on our application to join this wonderful organization. They cover a wide range of farm produced products including value added products like goat milk soaps and fiber products.

*Farm To Consumer Legal Defense Fund

FTCLDF are an organization defending the rights and broadening the freedoms of family farms and protecting consumer access to raw milk and nutrient-dense foods. 

* Fias Co Farm

Over 300 pages of Information on Goats from Beginning to Advanced topics. This has been a wonderful resource for us. This is where we got plans for building our own milking stands.

* Jeffers

Great place to buy supplies for goats and other animals.

* Little Tots Estate

Some of our breeding stock came from Little Tots Estate. Rusty Repp breeds for dairy qualities and his goats have earned numerous awards for their high quality Nigerian Dwarf goats.

* Molly’s Herbals

This small business is owned and operated by Molly Nolte who is the owner of the Fias Co Farm website. We have used the two-part herbal dewormer system as part of our overall program of helping keep our goats healthy. It has worked for us on our farm, but we also use other additional factors to help our herd. Managing worm load is a complex subject that requires more educational information beyond this resource. Keep yourself open to learning more on this topic; goodness knows we do.

*Simple Pulse

When we first started with our dairy goats, our daughter was milking by hand into a stainless steel pail. She also roped her three siblings into helping out. I, Elizabeth, didn’t learn to milk until a couple of years later when she decided to go into the Navy. It didn’t take long for my middle aged hands to complain! I sold a bunch of unregistered kids and goat milk soap to save up for my Simple Pulse Milking Machine! What a hand saver! I love my milking machine!!!

I highly recommend this family business in Oregon! Jesse and Cristen Sullivan are working hard “to make milking animals as simple as possible while providing a quality product that you and your animals will be able to use for years to come.” (See their “About Us” page.) They have created the Simple Pulse Milking machine with options to milk goats, sheep, and cows. In 2020, they came out with a newly designed system. I currently use the older model, but from the looks of the new system, it has improvements over their original design that are winners in my book. If you have any questions, contact them and you will receive friendly, helpful customer service.

*The Thrifty Homesteader

Deborah Niemann is a lover of goats and the seeker of knowledge. We came across her on Facebook, but she offers so much more than that! This link takes you to her website where you can begin exploring all she has to offer. She is also a blog writer, and she has several published books. You can access a lot from her website. She has videos on YouTube as well. We enjoy listening to her Podcast called “For the Love of Goats” where she interviews a wide range of experts in the field of goats.

* Valley Vet

Great place to buy supplies for goats and other animals.

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Books:

Here’s a list of books we have in our home library and have been helpful to us on our homesteading adventure. Building your own reference library is still valuable even in this digital age! We will add to the list when we add to our home library.

To get you started on homesteading and farming look for JOEL SALATIN’S books. They are a great resource on revolutionary ideas on farming and the marketplace. His books are a MUST OWN!!!

“Goats Giving Birth: What to Expect During Kidding Season” by Deborah Niemann

“Holistic Goat Care” by Gianaclis Caldwell

“Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats” by Jerry Belanger

“The Backyard Goat” by Sue Weaver

“The Whole Goat Handbook” by Janet Hurst

Kids Books for goat care:

“How to Raise Goats” by Carol A. Amundson

“Your Goats: A Kid’s Guide to Raising and Showing” by Gail Damerow

Read aloud picture books for children:

“Little Goat’s New Horns” by Ariane Chottin, Adapted by Patricia Jensen

“Plato’s Journey” by Linda Talley

“The Grumpy Goat” by Heather Amery (Usborne Farmyard Tales)