How much water do goats need daily?

Goats need two to three gallons of water daily. However, goats may get by on only about a half gallon a day or less while grazing lush green grass. In addition, a lactating doe requires more than two to three gallons of water, depending on how much she is getting from grass and how much milk she is producing. For more information, see: Goat Nutrition Water .…

Are acorns toxic to goats?

Goats can graze near oak trees and consume acorns without problems most of the time. The problems generally occur when animals eat a large amount of acorns at one time. Take similar precautions as with cattle grazing near oak trees. Don’t turn the animals into the area when they are “hungry” if there is a large crop on the ground. Limiting access when large amounts are on the ground also helps.…

How do I treat skin fungus or ringworm in my goats?

Isolate the goat and treat early and aggressively. Clip the hair, remove any scales/crust, scrub with Nalvasan or Betadine, apply topical antifungals often, and continue for up to six weeks. Be sure to disinfect all equipment and the area daily. You may need to use a systemic antibiotic like Penicillin G or Nulfor (extra label use by a veterinarian) if the fungus is deeper than the skin only. In some cases, a systemic antifungal drug is needed, and these will …

Which diseases of sheep and goats are reportable?

According to the USDA’s National Animal Health Reporting System (, the following sheep and/or goat diseases are reportable to state and/or federal animal health authorities. Individual states may require additional diseases to be reported, and additional diseases may be added to this list at any time.
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD)
Vesicular stomatitis (VS)
Peste des petits ruminants
Rift Valley fever
Sheep pox and goat pox
Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)
Aujesky’s disease (Pseudorabies)
Heartwater …