Listed below is information we’ve found helpful in areas regarding breeds of meat goats, parasites, livestock guard dogs and connections with other goat farmers. 

Meat Goat Production in Georgia

The below information was extremely helpful for us when deciding which breed of goat would work best for Pines & Pasture. Especially considering hot and humid Georgia summers.

“Goats are the most widely-dispersed meat animals and have been raised for centuries to provide meat, milk, fiber, cashmere and leather. Due to their small size, adaptability to harsh environments and availability, they have been more popular in nations lacking refrigeration, animal management skills and modern transportation. This publication deals solely with Spanish or meat-type goats in Georgia and covers their history, selection and management — from predator and disease control to reproduction and marketing…” read more

Source: The University of Georgia CAES
Author: Ronald E. Silcox

Get to know the Great Pyrenees

We debated for awhile on what type of guard animals to use. We had narrowed it down to llamas, donkeys and Great Pyrenees. Here’s a source that helped sway our decision on dogs. And anyway, who can resist puffball puppies.

“Despite his regal and majestic appearance, the Great Pyrenees is a keen worker, faithfully guarding his flocks no matter the weather or terrain. With his intelligence, scenting ability and excellent sight, he is an invaluable companion to the shepherd. The breed possesses a beautifully thick, weather resistant white coat that may contain markings of badger, gray, or various shades of tan…” read more

Source: American Kennel Club

Managing Internal Parasitism in Sheep and Goats

Internal parasites are a constant concern with goats. We found this site very helpful with control, prevention and treatment of parasites.

“Internal parasites are a significant threat facing today’s small ruminant producer. Problems associated with parasites, particularly those of the gastrointestinal tract of sheep and goats can cause irreversible damage or even death to the animal, reduced performance and economic loss for the producer. Animals that are overburdened with parasites can be hindered in their reproductive performance, experience reduced growth rates, and become less productive overall, whether their purpose be meat, fiber, or milk. Prevention and control of the parasites that infect sheep and goats are becoming increasingly difficult due to generations of overuse and improper use of the available anthelmintic dewormers, which results in increasing resistance by parasites to common anthelmintics..” read more

Source: University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Purdue University Extension
Authors: Kate Hepworth, Animal Sciences Student; Mike Neary, Extension Sheep Specialist; Terry Hutchens, Extension Associate for Goat Production, University of Kentucky

National Kiko Registry

Curious about genetics and the registration process of Kiko goats? NKR does all that and offers so much more for Kiko owners.

“The National Kiko Registry was created to give Kiko breeders of every size and management style the opportunity to register and track their genetics through an independent, professionally run livestock registry. With this in mind, the National Kiko Registry is poised to move the Kiko industry into the future…” read more

Southeast Kiko Goat Association

When we first started our goat business we found it very helpful to meet and get together with other Kiko goat farmers in our area.

“The Southeast Kiko Goat Association is an independent goat association whose goal is to promote and make known the benefits of raising Kiko Goats.  Whether you are looking to upgrade your current herd or raise seed stock, Kiko is the goat for you…” read more

Goat Rancher Magazine

Great way to keep in touch with the goat world.

“For more than 15 years, Goat Rancher magazine has been the one-stop source for all things goat-related. Goat Rancher covers every aspect of the goat industry and has something for everyone — from the producer with 1,000 head to the 4-Her raising his first youth project. Goat Rancher is filled each month with news of upcoming events, reports on major production sales, producer profiles and fun features like recipes and family goat photos. Our monthly columnists answer questions and offer helpful advice each issue on health matters, marketing, herd management and much more…” read more