You may not believe it, but our goats do pretty well in the winter. In fact, our goats seem to do better with cold over heat and humidity.
So how are we keeping them cozy with our current cold snap?
1: Keep the barn + shelters bedded down with straw. Keep layering it over the old stuff. It acts as insulation and as it breaks down it also gives off heat.
2: Keep access to hay 24/7 to help keep their rumens (tummies) warmer.
3: Keep up decent airflow in the barn/shelter. It can be tempting to try to keep the cold air out, but it can potentially do more harm. It can cause condensation and even lead to respiratory issues, which can be hard for goats to fully recover from. Keep them dry + away from drafts, then you're good
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I own and manage Cylon Rolling Acres in northwestern Wisconsin. On my farm I raise Boer - Kiko meat goats on pasture.
Cylon (pronounced Si-lon) is the name of our township in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Sorry fans, our farm is not named after the robots of Battlestar Galactica.