Sometimes it is helpful to know how other people handle things at their farm. This Natural Raising section tells you how we do things here. BUT, before I begin, I want to share with you a passage out of the Bible:
Proverbs 27:23-27 – “Be you diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds. For riches are not for ever: and does the crown endure to every generation? The hay appears, and the tender grass shows itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for your clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And you shall have goats’ milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and for the maintenance for your maidens.”
I’ve heard MANY people quote the END of this verse “And you shall have goats’ milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and for the maintenance for your maidens.” They are missing the beginning of HOW you obtain these blessings!
Notice the KEY of this PASSAGE: “Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds”. Take proper care of your animals and they will be able provide the nourishment you desire for your family.
The verse goes on on HOW to care for them: “The hay appears, and the tender grass shows itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.”
It also issues a subtle warning if you neglect your responsibility of properly caring for these animals: “For riches are not for ever: and does the crown endure to every generation?”
The following section is how I look well and know the state of my herd. I will teach you how I do these things. I have SEVERAL herbal recipes that I freely share with you in these pages. I plan to add more sections/pages as I have time and get them clear in my mind to put down in writing… I love sharing this information and hope that it will be a blessing to you, your family and your herd. 😀
Do I think I do everything perfectly and others should do things exactly like I do?? NO! These things work well for me here, I share them with you so that you can use what you want and tweak things to work well in your situation. Do what gives YOU peace in your heart, and what is right for YOUR farm! Don’t allow anyone to make you feel badly because of how you choose to raise your herd. 😉 I don’t like it when people manipulate others in that manner.
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Information covered in our “Natural Raising” section:
Do you prefer to learn in a way that also incorporates audio/video in addition to reading? I have a brand new (March 2017) section of our website that includes online classes on herbs and essential oils. Click here to see the Course List. Please check back frequently or follow us on Facebook to see the announcement when we add a new course to the lineup.
Herd Health Practices:
Land of Havilah Herd Health Procedures – How we do things on our farm to attain and maintain the health of our animals.
My Holistic Methods:
Our Dairy Goat Feeding Regimen – This includes detailed information regarding our feed mix recipe, sprouting procedure, how much we feed to each animal, and the herbs we top dress with.
Figure the Protein % of your mix – I teach you how to figure the protein % of your homemade feed mix.
Cleansing – You will hear me talk A LOT about Cleansing and Nourishing. This page covers the Cleansing portion.
Herbal Minerals – The minerals I currently use, information on Thorvin Kelp, and an herbal mineral mix recipe I formulated for my herd. 🙂 You will hear me talk A LOT about Cleansing and Nourishing. This is the Nourishing portion.
Copper & Cobalt Supplementation – This page gives the herbal copper & selenium supplements that I use, and why I prefer to use herbs for this.
Herbal Parasite Management – The parasite formula we use to manage parasites on our farm.
Goat Milking & Milk Handling – These are detailed steps on exactly how I handle the milk and prepare each doe for milking. This section includes an all natural Udder Wash/Teat Dip recipe!!
Drying Off Does – This is a question that I see pop up a lot, so I put this info on our page.
Pregnant Doe Care – This is what I do to care for our pregnant Does. Includes herbal mix, deworming, checking for anemia, feeding, etc.
Preparing for Kidding – What to do to prepare for kidding, and the process of kidding out a Doe.
Raising Goat Kids Naturally – This page covers how I raise my goat kids here at our farm: getting them to nurse their Dam AND take a bottle, disbudding, tattooing, and parasite management for our goat kids, just to name a few.
Other Helpful Information:
Blood Testing for Diseases – This includes information about how much it costs, and a BRIEF description of each disease in my own words as I understand it (CAE, CL, Johne’s and Brucella), and my personal opinion at the end. Click here to view the testing paperwork proving that our herd is negative for CAE, CL, Johne’s Disease, and Brucella; and G6S Normal by direct blood test or by parentage.
Emergency Checklist – This is a list of things that you need to check so that your Vet or an experienced breeder is better able to assist you during an emergency.
Checking for Parasitic Anemia – This teaches you how to correctly and easily check your animals for parasite load.
Info on DHIR (Milk Test) – I had many questions about DHIR both before and after I started the application process. I walk you through the procedure and discuss some of the questions/concerns I had that kept me from DHIR in years past.
Homemade Milk Machine – I have added this page due to popular demand. It has lots of pics, so it may load slowly. I’m NOT a “handy” type person, and I don’t know the names of many of the parts needed to build this, but I put in pics so that you may be able to make it yourself.
Goat Milk Nutrition! – This is nutritional information about fresh goat milk!! Fresh, unprocessed milk from a tested negative herd (see blood testing) is one of the BEST things you can do for your family!!!
Helpful Goat Books – Here is a list of books and other stuff that I have found helpful. If you click in through my links I get credit from Amazon, which helps me pay for my website and continue to provide you with lots of neat information! 😀
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