New Tools for Livestock Health and Checkups

New digital microscope, slides, clover slips, and fecal tubes came in yesterday. I had the whole thing set up and read my first fecal in under 20 minutes. I found a fecal recipe pretty easy online. Salt, sugar, water.

The Microscope: Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand for Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 250x Magnification)

The Slides: AmScope BS-50P-100S-22 Pre-Cleaned Blank Ground Edge Glass Microscope Slides and 100pc Pre-Cleaned Square Glass Cover Slips Coverslips

The Fecal Tubes: SEOH 16 X 125mm Plastic Test Tubes with Caps, 25 Pack


Fecal Recipe:

1. Saturated salt solution

Specific gravity: 1.18 – 1.20

General purpose solution.

Sodium chloride: 400 grams
Water: 1000 ml

  • Stir thoroughly before use.
  • May distort eggs.

2. Salt/sugar solution

Specific gravity: 1.28

General purpose solution.

Sodium chloride: 400 grams
Water: 1000 ml
Sugar: 500 grams

Dissolve the salt in water to make a saturated solution.

Add the sugar to the saturated salt solution.

Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

3. Sodium nitrate

Specific gravity: 1.18

This solution is sometimes used for strongyle eggs.

Sodium nitrate: 400 grams
Water: 1000 ml

Add sodium nitrate to water while stirring.

  • May form crystals and distort eggs if left longer than 20 minutes.


fecal recipe source: Flotation Fluids 

Another Kid in school – Penelope’s first born

With a solid night of rain, Penelope figured it was time to join Lola in motherhood. I walked down to the stalls this morning and thought, weird wonder why Lola is out with only one of her Kids, then I realized, nope. It was Penolope and her first born. We arent sure sex of the kid yet since we where running behind our normal schedule and I only had enough time for feeding the hogs, milking, feeding all the goats, cleaning out the stalls (after birth mess and all) and then getting Penelope set in her stall (we keep the mothers and kids in stall lock-up for the first 3 days. To promote bonding and good milking (at least I think that’s why we do it, Jamie knows all the whys).

Penelope and kid


Penelope's 1st kid

Meet Solider Boy/Stoner Boy : Our newest addition

Solider Boy/Stoner (Nigerian dwarf):DOB Aug 2015  We bought Stoner (as the neighbors call him due to his face, HAHA) to make sure Penelope and Lola wouldn’t have babies that would require assisted birth. This is because of possible issues due to the physical size difference between Alpine Dairy breeds and Nigerian/ Lamancha

Stoner-Soilder Boy

Our newest addition to the goat herd…

Stoner boy LOVEs people and is always the first to run up for a pet and looking to rub up against your leg… then try to eat your pants. 

Soldier was purchased just above Afton VA but his parents are both from a high end goat farm in Maine. He wasn’t sold with papers because the woman didn’t get pics of his moms udders while she was with milk. We don’t need papers because we are breeding him with our mix goats Lola and Penelope.  I have noticed a local goat farm here selling “mini Alpine” goats aka Alpine mom and Nigerian dad. Which we so happen to have. I’m not trying to encourage him to breed with Nadeen because we mill her twice daily. But if it happens aka if she actually lets him and he figures out how ( she’s three times as tall) so be it. 

Thankfully,  Soldier only acted like a perv when the girls are in heat. I have not seen any ( including Nadeen) in heat in 2 months now. 

Soldier boy came debudded, however, some horn is still growing on both sides :/

Meet Albert: Here but now gone

Albert (Alpine Dairy): Sir Albert was purchased at the same time as Nadeen and was a cool 2 1/2 months old DOB July 2015. He too has horns, but off the start was friendlier then his mother. Our plan is to have Albert get Penelope and Lola Prego.

Sir Albert the young buck

Sir Albert the young buck

Though, we have since sold Albert because we (Jamie, who would be assisting birthing them) were worried about breeding a lager breed malewith a smaller breed female, and he was getting funky with his mom whilst at the same time trying to breast feed. So things started getting a little to creepy…
Jamie sold him to the first caller from a Craigslist add (same day that the add was put up. It was an old farmer who didn’t seem to care about goats just saw it as a good price. When Jamie got back from dropping Albert off she recieved a phone call from a friendly woman excited to meet the cute little guy.We now realize the importance of finding a home for our babies. Hopefully the old farmer just resold him to a good home for a higher prrice.

Meet Nadeen

  Nadeen  (Alpine Dairy): Nadeen was/is 5 years old  (DOB 2001)when we got her. We purchased her with her son Albert. She came with a warning “she’s only this friendly when she has a kid.” So she tends to more aggressive and less friendly then the others. However, after only a few weeks she has gotten better, and we are hoping after some more time she will continue to do so. When she arrive we had only ever really gotten between 1-2oz of milk from her 2-3xs daily. We are now between 4-6oz at a time( locking Albert away at night helped a lot). Fingers crossed we keep that increased production and get up to the quart-1/2 gallon a day. 

 April 2016 update:

Nadeen gives us a little over a pint a day, it looks like this may be all we ever get from her until she kids again. I haven’t seen her go into heat least month so I’m thinking she’s going to kid around July “Mini Alpine” kid is goin to be easy for her. 


Nadine – the bitchy old lady

Meet Lola

Lola (Nigerian/ Lamancha ): She and Penelope are sisters, also 5 months old when we get her (DOB April 2015) She is friendly, but more stand offish and is not “food centric” like the other goats. Weird thing is she doesn’t really care for sweet feed, at most she takes a mouth full. Her and our eldest female Nadine tend to butt heads more then any others( she Lola has no fear of Nadeen). Unfortunately for Lola Nadine has horns, is larger and 5 years old…. 

Lola hanging at the fence

Lola hanging at the fence

Meet Penelope

Penelope (Nigerian/ Lamancha ): She was 5 months old when we got her (DOB April 2015) and very friendly with all the other goats as well as us. Which of course means the other goats are rude towards her and is the being picked on. Meaning she tends to get the most head-butts, and doesn’t get to eat with te others, but really she doesn’t seem to care.

Penelope hanging at the fence

Penelope hanging at the fence

Soldier boy

I forgot to introduce our newest goat! He was born Aug 2015. His parents are both from Maine which was important to me because I didn’t want him to have any ties to the area for breeding reasons. I picked him up near Afton. He was only 4 months old at the time but already showed interest in the girls. He seems to like people more then goats even. As I was driving home with him I noticed he was coughing. It wasn’t from stress of being moved bc it started as soon as I got him in the car. I checked a fecal and he had a lot of lung worm eggs, so I dewormer all of them with Ivermectin. Which worked perfect with my deworming rotation anyway. He still coughs once in a while but it’s not often so I’m jaunt goin to wait until the end of this month to do a fecal and see which dewormer I should use next.


Setting up shop and prepping for Farmers Market

We are in the process of getting the online store setup. Its not working yet, nor are all our products are not all there either. Its a work in progress, but by taking it live, I can test things out. Plus we really have no traffic on the site, so I do not think I will offend then 2-3 people that even bother checking things out.

We do not expect to get very many online sales, this  really is to help us get our products ready for the farmers market in May (Bedford Farmers Market).

Cheers for now.