Goats/Solo Goat

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We have one goat left from our tiny herd, we love him (he is nuetered)& he free ranges on our 5 acres.  He spends time with us, our dog, & our cat.  Because of health circumstances, we will not be getting any more farm animals.  My neighbor has a farm with fenced-in goats, would he be happier/healthier with a goat herd or with us?

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If he seems happy and healthy I would not change his environment.  At best he would be most likely butted and pushed at by the other goats on the neighbor's farm - it is just the way goats are.  Again, if he seems happy and healthy and eating well, then I would let him live out his life at your place.  Goats are more sensitive to changes than folks might think.  Hope this helps - Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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