Ticks, Flies and other summer pests
Oak Hill kidding results
All the spring kids are born, and sold! We had a total of 7 kids born. Kid pictures and videos are posted on the website & blog.
Spring can be the time when lice infestations show up after the long winter and buildup of bedding in the shelters. At Oak Hill, we are as close to organic as possible. If lice become a problem, we spray the goats weekly with Dynamite DynaShield. DynaShield contains natural bug repellents which drives away hatched lice, and has a mineral oil base with appears to smother any unhatched lice eggs. Other natural fly repellents would also likely work, as long as they are oil-based. Food-grade diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled in and around the shelters as well.
A few quick tips on supplements:
Salt should be loose and pink, gray or tan. White means the salt was bleached. No blocks - goats have smooth tongues and have trouble licking a block to get enough salt, plus blocks contain binders. Loose salt should clump when the weather is damp. Salt that pours in damp weather has flow enhancers. Goats should always have access to salt.
Baking soda - I leave baking soda out so that the goats can balance their rumen pH as needed
Vitamin/mineral supplements - looks for amino-acid chelated minerals, and a mixture of macro, micro and trace minerals. Check for sufficient copper. East coast soils are often high iron, which suppresses copper. Amino acid chelated copper is easily absorbed and the excess is easily flushed from the body. Go to Albion for more information on amino acid chelates and mineral interactions. I personally use Dynamite V/M Mix For Browsers & Grazers, and also put out Dynamite 2-1 Calcium Phosphorus and Dynamite Izmine. www.dynamitemarketing.com/carrieeastman
Read the labels. I avoid preservatives especially BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin.
July Special! - Dynamite V/M Mix For Browsers & Grazers
25 pounds of Browser/Grazer Mix for $59 (save $10), plus tax and shipping. Offer only open to eNewsletter subscribers. Please call or email to order - no online orders. Limited to my Dynamite clients or folks that are new to Dynamite.
South Mountain Myotonic Goat Show
Oak Hill has organized the first MGR-sanctioned show at the South Mountain Fair Saturday August 20 in Arendtsville, PA. There are also classes for other goat breeds. Come & show your goats, or watch the fun! www.southmountainfair.com